When you own your home, you can decorate it however you like, modify it to suit your needs and share your space with pets. If you’re already fairly comfy in your home but like tackling a weekend project, why not make some modifications that will make your pets happy? With the right supplies and tools, you can create a space that your pets will love.
A cat’s comfort
Tired of cats jumping onto counter tops, appliances and book shelves? Give them a place to perch, and you’ll spend a lot less time chasing them off your belongings.
One cat fanatic went so far as to fill his home with feline walkways. But you can create a fun place for cats without doing any major construction. Just get a set of floating shelves and secure them to the wall in a stair-step pattern. Use a stud-finder to determine where to drill into the wall for supports, and if the shelves are glossy, add some bath tub safety treads to the surface, so your cat won’t slip off.
A dog’s den
What dog doesn’t love strolling the perimeter of the backyard, barking at squirrels and galloping through grass? Dogs also love having a spot of their own — inside, that may be their crate or dog bed, and outside, a simple doghouse makes them feel secure and provides a retreat from the sun.
It’s amazing what you can do with some plywood, a jigsaw and some framing nails — well, you’ll need more than that, but if you already have a power drill, you can probably make your doghouse for less than $100.
A rabbit’s retreat
House rabbits, guinea pigs and other small critters enjoy the outdoors, but they can also quickly escape through chain-link fences and gates. If you want to let your small pets bask in the sunshine (under your supervision), you can build a simple playpen that will keep them from going too far.
PVC pipe makes a great frame for the playpen, because it’s lightweight and easy to move — it’s also a more durable option than wood, which many members of the rodent family will gnaw through in a matter of minutes. Once the frame is assembled, you can wrap chicken wire around it to create the walls. When you put the playpen outside, make sure you drive arched stakes — croquet brackets work, too — into the ground to hold the base in place. Otherwise, your pet may be able to lift the playpen and sneak out.
There are plenty of other projects that can make your home more comfortable for your pets, so if you love to tinker with tools, you can probably come up with a way to put them to good use!