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How to Make Sustainable, Kitty Cat Furniture From Recycled Materials


Creative intervention is the act of allowing our minds to ponder on sustainable solutions to life’s problems and needs in dual form–we think, we create, we innovate – Cara Harpole
Written by Cara Harpole

Our pet’s lives can be greatly enhanced if we find creative ways to fulfill their needs for comfort, exploration, playtime, and grooming.  What better way to express your love for your pets than to build (and not purchase) their very own customized kitty furniture and scratch pads from natural, safe and sustainable resources?

“ Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generation.”  (EPA)

Look around your homes for wood, old conference bags, tree branches, or gently used kitty products that can be recycled and resurrected from their definite destiny­– the landfill.

It is surprising what a little creativity and ingenuity can accomplish.  We save money, make our pets happy, and help our environment when we use our hands to custom build fantastic furnishings for our pets.

Cats are especially enigmatic little creatures.  Their taste are eclectic, interest are ever changing, and their curiosity will never end.   What was “in” last year becomes out–whenever it pleases them.  That cut little bed you created with all of your love and anticipation will either be their favorite resting spot for life, or abandoned–just because.

There is good news, so do not fret this dubious fate.

Recycling and reinventing new ideas for future projects can be never ending.  Take the scratch pad I built from a firewood log.   I used outdoor carpet, pinewood and one very long screw to fasten everything together.  A staple gun was used to attach the carpet and wood.  The scratch pad is over 3 years yet is still in use by the cats today.

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Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Kitty Stuff, Lovely things


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