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We are constantly amazed and entertained by our furry feline friend. I have talked about our crazy cat Dirty Bit (yes, that is her name) in a past post, and she has continued her shenanigans. Just when we think we have her all figured out, she finds a new trick to play on us and has us laughing once again. Thankfully though, we have solved her "bathroom" issue once and for all. It addition to her pheromone collar, it was suggested to us that we try a new cat litter.
After doing some research and shopping around, it was a pretty easy choice to switch her to Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze. Some important qualities that caught my eye were its Borate Technology for superior ammonia control, the fresh lemongrass citrus scent, and its new packaging, a resealable bag that is much easier to carry. Also, being that it is only sold at Sam's Club (a regular stop for our family), it was quite convenient to pick it up on our next grocery shopping excursion.
Sam's Club also has a current Instant Savings, and you can save $3.50 off the already low price of $15.98 for a 42 lb. bag.
I am so grateful for how well this litter eliminates odors and also clumps. Our litter box has never been cleaner or fresher. It definitely helped us solve our biggest cat problem, however, we are still struggling day to day to figure out some of Dirty Bit's other quirks.
While she still has an obsession with stealing straws from our drinks, she has started swiping our hair ties. One minute they are there...then gone! Never seen again! Several times, I found myself questioning my daughters about where they could possibly be going, but we just couldn't figure it out! That was until my husband and I built Dirty Bit her very own DIY Pallet Cat Bed.
At first she seemed terrified of the thing, and we have never even witnessed her walk near it (unless forced and held down for the photo above). However, we quickly figured out she was using the bed...for unexpected reasons! We still haven't actually seen her in the bed, but we have found her secret stashes below the pillow.
The crazy cat steals our things (straws, socks, hair ties, etc.) and stashes them under the pillow. Since we have discovered her secret, we are constantly giggling at what we find in her bed. And, when my hair tie disappears, I know exactly where it is! #YouGottaBeKittenMe
Just to be sure your furry friend has a comfy bed to snuggle (and smuggle) in, I wanted to share a simple tutorial so you too can create a DIY Pallet Cat Bed. The cost of materials is very low because the entire bed is made out of an old pallet. And, believe it or not, no previous building experience is needed. This DIY Pallet Cat Bed goes together quite easily, and I know you can do it!
For this project, we did use a miter saw and a brad nailer, however, an old school hammer and nails would work just fine.
Step 1: Disassemble the Pallet
Now that your pallet is disassembled, it is time to cut your boards. Please keep in mind that the width of pallet boards do vary. Therefore, your spacing between boards may be different than ours. However, the lengths will not change.
2 - 16" boards (These will be your stabilizing boards.)
3 - 26" boards boards (The base's finished size needs to be 26" x 16". The number of boards may vary, depending on their widths. We had some random sizes and used 3 boards that were 26" long and, when put together, were 16" wide.)
2 - 26" boards (Ours were about 3 1/2" wide.)
4 - 17" boards
1 - 14" board
1 - 26" board
1 - 2 1/2" board
4 - 7" posts
1 - 8" post
Step 2: Assemble the base. The finished size should be 26" x 16".
Step 3-5: Secure the back, side, and front pieces to the base, making sure all edges are flush.
Step 6: Secure the four 7" corner posts.
Step 7: Connect the back and side pieces to the corner posts. Make sure the top edge of the posts are flush with the other boards. This will create a slight gap in between the boards.
Step 8: Secure both front pieces to the corner posts. Add final 8" post on the front side to secure the opposite end of the 14" board.
Once assembled, I stained our DIY Pallet Cat Bed dark walnut. Obviously, you can choose the perfect color for your home. As for the cushion, I simply used a standard pillow. It is a perfect fit. For easy cleaning, I would strongly suggest purchasing an inexpensive pillow protector. Top this off with a pillowcase of your choice and let the fun begin!
As you can see below, your cat is not the only member of the family that can enjoy this DIY Pallet Cat Bed. However, no matter who decides to use it, I can guarantee you will be entertained!
Our sweet (and crazy) Dirty Bit is not just a pet, she is truly a member of our family. She may not be the most social cat in the world, but she is always bringing our family together by entertaining us and making us laugh. I can remember the moment we all first met her at the humane society. She was just a little fur ball wanting to be loved. It breaks my heart to think about how many other adorable, lovable animals are just waiting to be adopted. Waiting for a family to take them in.
One of my favorite parts of this post was an opportunity I was given. Fresh Step and Sam's Club allowed me to choose a local shelter to receive a $100 donation. As my children and I wandered around our local shelter, I felt great knowing that $100 was going to help provide for these sweet animals. Be sure to consider adopting a pet from a shelter near you when you are ready to add to your family. I can speak from experience and say that each day is a reward, knowing that we have given Dirty Bit a life she may never have had if it weren't for us.
Now it's your turn! Tell me all about your cat! I'm sure you have some pretty entertaining stories, and I can't wait to hear them!
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