My cats love to run and climb.....no spray bottles needed!
LAST PICTURE/VIDEO UPDATE: 03/10/2021
Update 01/08/2021 My Cattery received EXCELLENT rating for TICA “Outstanding Cattery”! Documents on Blog!
As official empty nesters, we recently remodelled a 1350 sf. level of our home into a free run “Cattery“, as part of our therapy. 😊 The area is divided into a *nursery for small babies, a *large nursery for older kittens, a *very large cat gym (the room where we also watch TV) and *roomy males quarters, consisting of two rooms. A natural, wrap-around outdoor enclosure can be reached through Sureflap kitty doors, from their window seats. We also built a summer kitten house with screened-in porch.
There comes a time when every breeder has to face the unfortunate truth that an adult breeding male is not going to be just a pet anymore. In order to prevent unplanned litters and cat fights, breeders either keep their breeding males in stud pens or in private areas - the latter being my own preference. I have always had a small group of breeding males living together in perfect harmony. They don’t spray, they don’t fight and they don’t smell. The secret recipe to this harmonious behaviour is, aside from bloodlines, to keep the boys away from the girls at all times, except for mating purposes. Outdoor enclosures are also very beneficial for their emotional and physical wellbeing.
Reuben and Jelani will always of be part of my family but will also be partially residing in our two “romper rooms” below.
Here a front view. The wall shelves form a connection around the whole room for exercise. We will add an outdoor run to the window this fall.
View from the other side.
This is our newly built window Catio, located at the east side of the house. The swinging kitty door allows easy access through the window. The boys enjoy the morning sun and prefer a shady spot in the afternoon/evening. (Yes, they love to be outdoors, even in March!)
This video shows one room of the males quarters, after a few more decorations were added. The window leads to their private little sunroom, pictured above.
SUMMER KITTEN PLAY HOUSE
While waiting for our new kitties to arrive in Canada, we thought we’d do something a little different this time. So we built a summer cottage for the kittens to play in and get some fresh air from about May - October. I thank the Lord for a handy-man household! Let me know what you think :-)
This picture was taken when we had just finished the outside and planted fresh grass. In the back of the picture, you can see the screened in Veranda.
Here the enclosed veranda. We used high gloss wood stain for the floor. The door to the inside of the playhouse is still missing. Thank goodness my grandma rocking chair is already in place....
Here the inside - still empty - no furniture, no kittens yet!! The windows have solid pine wood frames and are large enough to let lots of mid-day sunshine in. We are adding a whole bunch of toys and supplies but have to wait ‘til the US border finally opens to get them.......patience is a virtue!!!! Good news: June 25: THE FURNITURE ARRIVED! See below:
Getting the Porch furnished for them:
Judith’s “being disturbed while reading chair”
We finished the entrance door to the inside house. See the trap door? The baskets have real fur in them. Cats LOVE REAL fur! Not only do they love laying on it, they also think it’s a big mouse to torture! My grandma chair is finally being used now as the kitties are finally here to use the sun room and sit on my lap!
Other side of porch
See the hanging pyramid? Start them on the ground and gradually raise up. We are still mounting shelves for climbing.
Reuben is that you?
Wait! Is is Reuben? Reuben, you shouldn’t be here, the baskets are too small for you!!! Well ok, checking out the new kitten house. Thank goodness my son’s solid wood cat trees hold an elephant. Below is a bigger picture of the finished summer nursery.
The furniture arrived!
Here is a panorama view of the finished inside of the play house. The fabrics, the hanging pyramid, soft shelter with built in hammock come from Sturdiproducts.com, a family business in Wisconsin. The beautiful solid wood cat tree is made by our son at schulzwood.ca. (Also on Facebook!). We chose a top entrance litter box for mom this time, in order to prevent tracking. Kittens will get flat pans. See how this goes......now all we need is kittttttteeennnnssss!