Today’s project has abolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but it has everything to do with peace on earth (or at least peace in my house), because there’s a battle raging at my house between our dogs and cats.
Well, it’s actually only a battle between both of our cats and one of our dogs, but it’s driving me crazy.
The youngest of our four dogs is the troublemaker in the family, and she keeps raiding the cat’s food bowl. It does’t matter how many times we scold her for it, she likes their food better than her own, and won’t leave it alone, so I finally figured out a way to solve the problem, end the battle, and give the cats something they’d love at the same time…
A cat perch to overlook their kingdom, and enjoy their food in peace.
Since I’m busy with Christmas preparations, I didn’t feel like starting from scratch to make it , so I looked around and spotted my Santa-inspired tray .
BINGO, it would work perfect for this project!
Am I the only person who upcycles their own repurposed projects? 🙂
How to make a Rustic Perch for Cats:
~ Assemble pallet wood pieces, as directed in the tray tutorial
~Stain or paint the wood. (I spray painted mine to cover the text, then added another coat of regular paint).
~Distress the paint, if desired.
~ Predrill holes, then screw the shelf brackets to the back of the connected pallet pieces.
~ Screw the cat perch into the wall.
Tip – I have pallet wood walls in my entryway, so I could just screw directly into it, but if you have drywall, you’ll want to use drywall anchors, so it will be firmly attached and stable when your kitties climb on it.
If you don’t have cats that need a perch, it works just as well as a farmhouse shelf.
I also screwed a metal bowl into the perch, so it won’t slip off while they are eating … or the dog would still get to eat their food.
Both cats tested it out right away and gave it a thumbs up!
Blessings, & Merry Christmas!