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Mika & Sebastian have been troopers! We’ve moved three times in the last three years and sometimes go off on week-long adventures without them. I’ve been wanting to make a DIY Cat Teepee for them for a while, and since we just moved into a new apt, it was the perfect time to make them a cozy space.
Materials Needed for Your DIY Cat Teepee:
- One 4 ft x 6 ft Mexican Blanket or any fabric of like thickness
- Five Dowels (0.625 in x 36 in)
- 1-5 Safety Pins
- 2 ft of twine or leather cord (leather will look nicer, but we used what we had)
Step 1: Start with the twine stretched on the ground. Lay down 2 two dowels side-by-side perpendicularly over the twine, and lay 1 dowel over them parallel to the twine.
Step 2: Wrap the twine around the dowels in a figure 8 knot (see photos and the diagram below). Tighten the twine and tie a knot to secure them in place.
Step 3: Stand the dowels up to create a tent, add the two other dowels, and spread them out evenly.
Step 4: Wrap the remaining twine around all 5 dowels (there isn’t any particular knot, just wrap it around until it’s securely in place) tie a double knot at the end.
Step 5: Fold the blanket in half long ways. Wrap it around the structure and tuck the remainder insides as a floor. (Note: Some tutorials will have you cut the blanket into a circle to fit perfectly. We didn’t want to ruin a perfectly good blanket, and I didn’t mind the extra fabric being tucked under.)
Step 6: Safety pin the tip to hold it securely together. You can also add an additional safety pin on the opening to create a flap.
Step 7: Place it where you want in your home, and add their favorite toys.
Besides a new home for them, we do our best to make sure they are healthy and happy. That means giving them enough attention and feeding them well.
Since we’re food lovers, we try to remember that our cats have preferences in food too. Lately, we’ve been feeding them IAMS. I love that they have different formulas separated by life stage. We treat them to wet food on special occasions, but for the most part, we try to feed them dry food, because the chewing action helps them keep their teeth and gums clean. Gotta pay attention to dental health as they get older!
Target has always been our one stop shop for pretty much everything, and that includes cat food, treats, toys, and our favorite – costumes during Halloween!
One of the biggest things we miss most about living in Vegas is being one block away from Target. We practically lived there. They have a great selection, and we’re so familiar with their layout that everything is always easy to find.
Pro Tip: We’ve learned a lot about saving at Target from our couponing days. You can use a Target coupon on top of a manufacturer’s coupon to get extra savings. Target also has mobile coupons and an app called Cartwheel that offers discounts. When you shop for your cat food, be sure to check the app.
If you have dogs, they have deals for you too!:
10% off IAMS wet and dry dog food (expires 7/11)
Any DIY project you’ve been working on lately?
Do you have pets?
What kind of food do you feed your pets?