Here it is, starting off the Do it Yourself (DIY) section of the site with the simplest possible contraption I could imagine. It turns out that sometimes it’s the things you can’t buy on Amazon that have the most potential to occupy a cat’s time.
To be honest I almost feel guilty sharing this. As if it lacked enough substance. But the number of times I’ve stumbled into the living room after work and found Miles or Persephone snoozing in the deep blue tent convinced me otherwise.
How to make a Simple Cat Hideaway
All you need is an Amazon gift bag and a box. It’s the gift bag Amazon sends you when you choose to check out an item as a gift. An Amazon employee (or maybe a drone by the time you read this) stuffs your smiling box into a blue satchel—the kind an inverted Santa Clause would use.
Then you just need a box. The one that your gift bag carried to you will probably work. Take your order out of the box—use it or lose it, it doesn’t matter—and put the box right back into the gift bag.
And voilà! What you end up with is a cozy hideaway for your cat to sneak to when they don’t want to be found.
Yes, it’s that simple.
Why did you do this?
We had the bag from a Christmas gift. At first it stood propped open on its own. The cats would use their noses like a hook to raise the bag’s lip and crawl into the makeshift space. But eventually the bag succumbed to its own weight, and fell flatter than a kitty pancaking in the sun.
To give up the bag seemed wasteful. The cats clearly enjoyed another new crevice to pack themselves into. Looking at the manila carpet we saw Persephone squatting in a leftover box, and the ingenious equation struck like lightning: box plus bag equals easy peezy cat getaway.
Admittedly, after enough time (three to four months) the bag lost nearly all of its strength to stand on its own. Plus, its covered in little rips from the cat’s claws.
So, it’s probably a good idea to routinely choose the gift-option from Amazon every now and then. It will give your cats a fresh cycle of bags, and you get the added the bonus of feeling like you got a present in the middle of April.
What silly DIY projects have you created for your cats? I want to know if it’s as ingenious as what we’ve come up with here!