I thought I’d show you the latest “project.” I actually started work on this while the kittens were still here. I installed the hi-rise climber to the cathedral windows when I brought Tiny Bear and Nugget home as kittens in the fall of 2004. I’ve been eying those baskets for quite some time. They’ve been in the process of breaking down with the wear and tear, plus keeping them clean has been an issue. I had to replace the bottom (4th) basket a couple of years ago when Sinba Kahn landed in it and sheared off the cantilevered support. I replaced it with a solid shelf and whaddaya know, kitties don’t need cushy stuff to lay on. They love the shelf. Another problem with the baskets has been they weren’t quite long enough, and though the kitties all did fine stepping down through them, I could see that it might be easier if they didn’t have to drop over an edge into the next level and if they also had a few more inches to play with on the length. The sisal has all been replaced once since it was first constructed–a long laborious process. I’m hoping it will hold up for a while longer. Unfortunately it’s apparent that the old cat tree in the foreground needs replacing. I bought it in 1992 when I got my first two Persians (where does the time go??). The base and lower section of sisal has been replaced 3 times. I’ve been shopping for one I like, but also thinking of making my own for my winter project.
Hi Rise before:
Hi Rise after:
Two more, one with kitties in view. I’ve lured Kalahari up and back down to test it, otherwise every one will likely ignore it for a few weeks just to keep me in my place as appropriate kitty staff.