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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I am sure you have seen pictures of my sweet furbabies before. We have three cats – Tigger, Smeagol and Baby Kitty. Our cats are like family to us. And since they are like family we tend to spoil them.
We have quite a bit of cat “stuff” all around the house. We have small pet beds, a large cat tree, smaller scratching posts, toys, etc. I don’t mind it but I do try to blend those items in with our decor whenever possible. Our big, old kitty, Tigger, has a favorite large squishy cat bed that usually sits right outside of our kitchen. It doesn’t look bad, but I wanted to create something that looked more like a piece of furniture that he would still love to snuggle up in.
I came up with an idea to create a DIY pallet cat bed. We have three pallets sitting in our backyard and I knew the wood would be perfect for this project.
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I started by disassembling the pallet. There are a few ways to do this. We tried two different methods. First, you can simply use a reciprocating saw to cut the nails. The board comes off and you don’t have to do anything further if you are careful to cut close to the board.
Note: If you have trouble getting the blade between the boards, you can gently pry them apart a little with the back of your hammer.
The second method is using some type of pry bar and a hammer. This can be a little trickier. If you are not careful the board will split where it is nailed in. And then, once the board is pulled from the pallet you have to hammer out all the nails. We tried both methods and opted for simply cutting the boards with the saw. After we had dismantled the pallets I gave all of the boards a good scrub with hot soapy water and allowed them to dry.
Since we disassembled the entire pallet, we were able to use the middle portion of the pallet as the base for the cat bed. Each section had three large cubes of wood attached to a single board.
We cut the board right at the edge of the middle block of wood using a circular saw.
Now we had two little “legs” for the bottom of the bed.
We cut the pallet boards to fit across the base using a circular saw. We ended up using five pallet boards that were approximately 19″ long.
I attached the pallet boards to the base using a brad nail gun. You could also use screws or nails to attach the boards.
To create the sides of the bed, we used larger boards from a second pallet. These boards were taller than the small boards we used for the base of the bed. We cut them to fit around the pallet bed base using the circular saw. I attached all of these boards using my brad nail gun.
I placed a folded afghan in the bottom of the bed.
This bed is pretty large, but I wanted it to be able to fit two of our cats, if they wanted. Tigger and Baby Kitty often snuggle up together and now they can do it in their own spot rather than taking up half the couch!
Creating a pallet bed for your cats may seem a little over the top to some, but we really love our cats. They are like children to us. Our poor kitty, Tigger got sick last year and we were really worried about him. He is fine now, but one of the recommendations our vet gave us was to feed the cats more wet food (if not a diet of all wet food).
It can be hard to find wet food that isn’t packed with fillers and other stuff you don’t want your cat to have. I was recently shopping at PetSmart and I found the Purina Muse brand of cat food.
This brand is all wet food. Wet recipes are available in Chowder, in Broth, with Toppers, in Gravy and Paté. All recipes are made with real fish or poultry and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
The biggest selling point for me was that it is grain free and contains natural nutrition that is 100% complete and balanced for adult cats. Plus, there are 30 recipes to choose from! This is important since sometimes my cats can be a little finicky.
You can see they loved it!
Learn more about Purina Muse:
- With Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.
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- Receive a coupon for buy 3, get 3 free Muse wet cat food.
Be sure to check out more information at Purina Muse. I’d love to hear about what kinds of pets you have in the comments.
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