Loves and life on the Garden Route in South Africa

Through the eyes of volunteer coordinator and crazy cat lady, Sharon

The lengths I go to for my furry kids September 26, 2012

Filed under: Cats,DIY,Persian cat,Pets — shadreyer @ 6:20 am
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Summer is around the corner and as a neurotic mother of three furry kids I want them to be safe but not cooped up indoors on those balmy days. So time to rethink on how to make this possible. We have a large patio area off our kitchen and lounge sliding door. Off this area are the stairs to the top garden which resembles a mini jungle and the side braai (barbecue) area. I also would like an area that looks good to entertain guests especially in the warmer months. so I have decided to enclose this area making it cat safe and proof and also aesthetically appealing. And of course once enclosed I will also buy a new outside patio and table to entertain as our house is to small inside for a dining area.

Over the weekend my man and I bought dropper poles and batons to make the frame. Treated latte of 2 meters high will then be nailed into the frame and a separate gate also made from latte will give access to the top garden and side area. The frame is now up and we just wait for the delivery of the latte to complete our home improvement.

I have seen a 10 seater wooden patio table with benches which is quite narrow and perfect for the rectangular patio and will just need to get a nice big umbrella for a bit of shade on those hot days.

It still has a long way to completion but I have added photos of the frame work with our existing plastic garden furniture which will be turfed and the table I will hopefully be buying.

I will update this post with photos on completion which will hopefully be within the next 2 weeks just in time for a visit from my mother. I see a lot of fun with friends and family and my cats being a part of the future. I can’t wait for the days where they can run around outside safe from harm!

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Update:

We hired a nail gun yesterday after my man had sunk another dropper pole in the frame and cemented all the dropper poles. He then used the nail gun to secure the 2 meter high latte to the frame. He also made a door with the wooden batons, latte and 2 hinges. The ‘catio’ is now complete! Today we will be cleaning up the sand, old bricks and removing the dilapidated plastic furniture. Next step is to finish paying off the wooden table and benches and to buy a nice outside umbrella. Hopefully this will all be done in the week. The cats have been out already and I think they approve!

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Time to clean up!!

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After a sweep up of the area and a bit of a clear out. Furniture still to come. The gate is in the right corner

Update:

The table and benches have now arrived. The umbrella is in place. My furry boys have been loving their time outside and it’s so great to entertain with them around

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Training a cat to walk on a harness September 11, 2012

Filed under: Cats,Persian cat,Pets,Uncategorized — shadreyer @ 9:15 am

A must for my cat’s- a harness

 

Indoor cats information

Filed under: Cats,Persian cat,Pets,Uncategorized — shadreyer @ 9:13 am

For those with indoor cats like mine

 

Fat boys on a Sunday morning August 26, 2012

Filed under: Cats,Persian cat,Pets — shadreyer @ 5:53 am
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The fat boys early Sunday morning enjoying the view from the kitchen windowsill. It’s going to be a beautiful day

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Mac and Stormer

And later back in bed with Harley and Stormer

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Harley and Stormer

 

Across the rainbow bridge August 15, 2012

Filed under: Cats,Persian cat,Pets,rainbow bridge — shadreyer @ 6:10 am
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My babies, Lucia and Evian, you will always be in my heart and a part if me will always be with you. I can only think how lucky I was to have been able to share such precious bittersweet time with you. May you rest in piece mommy’s darlings

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Lucia

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Evian

 

The settled life

Filed under: Pets — shadreyer @ 6:04 am

Well the little fat buddha’s- my nickname for the two little brothers- are now 9 months old. They have an unbelievably ‘hearty’ appetite and clock in at their food bowls practically on the half hour. As a result of this their litter boxes have to be cleaned regularly. My older boy Harley had grown very accustomed to them but after a recent visit to the parlor for the little ones, he didn’t seem to recognize them on coming home. No doubt due tithe fact that they smelt all clean and fresh. So once again we had a bit of spitting and hissing in the household. 5 days later things seem to have settled down. No doubt the drama will start all over as this weekend I am going to give Harley his turns at a ‘wash & blow’. I hope he isn’t going to hate me for it. Just loving my boys though. All such individual characters and I cannot be happier with all three!!

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Harley and Stormer

 

3 weeks June 23, 2012

Filed under: Persian cat,Pets — shadreyer @ 10:35 am
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When it’s been 3 weeks since my new fur babies came to live with me. It’s been great!!! The initial settling in went smoothly and they now all have the freedom of the house running around wherever they please. Harley the older boy is still a little nervous of the two younger brothers but it’s all going so well. I just love them to bits!! Lots of fun still ahead. I still miss my little girl terribly but it’s been great to have the newbies to run around after to keep my attention diverted from my babies passing on.

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Stormer, Mac and Harley