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Do you have a cat that loves boxes? Make your own DIY cat bed with a simple basket to compliment any home decor style and keep your cat happy!
I don’t know what it is, but cats absolutely love boxes. Well, most cats do. Frosty, the bigger of our two cats, doesn’t seem to like them quite as much as his smaller sister, Bella. Even my previous cat, Roxy, loved any box she could find and she was a BIG cat who loved small boxes as much as big ones. And Bella is the same way – playing a game of Monopoly and leave the lid upside down? She’ll be in it. Get a new pair of shoes and leave the box open on the floor? Consider it no longer yours. Bella’s love of boxes, and taking cat naps in them, inspired my latest DIY cat bed idea!
My favorite area in our 1920s home is now our upstairs hallway. I recently painted the entire hallway and my husband created a beautiful built-in bookshelf with a window seat to enjoy the sunlight that pours through in the mornings. We’ve created a beautiful little reading nook area and surprisingly the entire decor centers around our cats’ litter box… well, our DIY litter box furniture that is.
So it turns out, they spend quite a bit of time in this area too. And if I want my chairs back, I knew I had to think of something!
Both cats love to be up high and Bella loves to be curled up in small spaces, so I decided a wall bed might be the perfect idea for them. I started looking for just the right size, and style, of basket to use and found these wire baskets at Walmart for less than $5 each! To make it a little cozier, I added in this perfect matching bath hand towel, but you could always use fabric – whatever matches your room’s decor.
They DO actually lay in it, but of course, being like normal cats, wouldn’t comply when it was time to take their picture. Instead, they preferred to look at me [while I was using my cat lady voice] and stare at the basket no matter what position it was in – their normal favorite on the wall, and even on the floor.
Oh cats – you gotta love them! But I did figure out one trick to get them near the basket for a couple of photos… food!
Just like introducing a new DIY cat bed has to happen slowly, so does introducing a new food, which is what we’ve done recently. It’s always best to gradually introduce food and we do so by incorporating it into our current cat food over the course of 7-10 days. Then I slowly replaced our current cat food with Longevity until it’s completely switched over.
I’ve already been a fan of the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® cat food line for a long time, but recently we decided to try the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Longevity Chicken with Chickpeas & Salmon Recipe. One of the main reasons is because real U.S. farm-raised chicken is always the #1 ingredient, plus real salmon. The superfood blend is fantastic for lifelong nutrition with a focus on a cat’s heart, mind and body. Since our cats are just over 2 years old, they definitely need a food for lifelong nutrition!
Nutrish Longevity is available at a wide variety of retailers and I picked up our first bag at PetSmart. While I was shopping along the natural cat food aisle, I also spotted Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Purrfect Entrees™. While I don’t always give Frosty and Bella wet cat food every day, I do love to be able to offer it to them occasionally.
The Nutrish Purrfect Entrees contain yummy recipes made with wild caught salmon, white meat chicken, or yellowfin tuna – accented with tender veggies and served in culinary sauces that our cats just go wild over.
While they may not pose for pictures the best, these cats certainly deserve the best because they brighten our lives every single day. That’s why I’m happy to feed them Nutrish Longevity and make them as many DIY cat beds as they’d like… especially if it keeps them out of my cozy reading chair!
Your cats deserve the best too! Be sure to head over to the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® website to get the latest coupons on your next cat food purchase of Nutrish Purrfect Entrees and Nutrish Longevity!