April 15, 2024

Have Your Cats At any time Pressured You to Renovate Your Household?

When I acquired my dwelling a year ago, I didn’t envision kitchen area renovations, but obviously my kitties, Ghost Cat and Specter, did.

They scratched partitions, obtained much too close to warm aspects, and knocked clear dishes to the ground, until eventually we recognized this space just was not operating for our spouse and children.

We are now in the middle of a key kitchen renovation, something that I in no way desired or meant to have to stay via, but in the end it is likely to make all our lives less complicated and it will make items a small safer for my cats.

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My cats ended up rather enthusiastic when the renovations they prompted began.

My spouse and I under no circumstances would have begun this procedure if the cats (or additional accurately, Specter) hadn’t clawed up the 3D Martha Stewart panel-style wallpaper that at the time embellished the south wall of our kitchen area. That was the initially straw, actually. That wallpaper was truly adorable, in fact, it aided provide me on the household in the very first place. It was not until our setting up inspector pointed out how smooth and squishy the wallpaper was that I recognized it may well be an issue.

A sample of Specter's handiwork. This wallpaper needed to come down.
A sample of Specter’s handiwork. This wallpaper essential to come down.

When Specter arrived in our residence a pair months soon after we closed on the house, she was a whole lot quicker to recognize she wasn’t looking at serious panelling than I was. She took her sharp tiny kitten claws to the wallpaper as quickly as she could and speedily figured out that it was fantastic for shredding.

As considerably as we tried out to train Specter to scratch other issues (cat trees, cardboard scratch pads, you title it) she nonetheless acquired her claws in the wallpaper a pair additional moments and even affected Ghost Cat to join her in a scratch session that received them equally into issues.

Baby Speck had plenty of toys, but still went after my wallpaper.
Toddler Speck had loads of toys, but continue to went soon after my wallpaper.

When my spouse and I stepped again and surveyed the hurt to the wallpaper, we realized it would require to come down inevitably. We lived with the scratched-up wall for a several months just before at last taking the plunge and pulling all the weakened paper down (revealing badly damaged drywall that was far too pitted to be painted). The cats genuinely savored the night we taken out the wallpaper, scampering via the torn sheets of paper we ripped from the wall and tossed to the ground. Although Ghost Cat and Specter scratched up the remnants of our the moment-really wall, my partner and I contemplated how we ended up heading to repair up our now-unsightly kitchen area.

The aftermath of our wallpaper pulling party. Poor Speck had to move paper to get to her water.
The aftermath of our wallpaper-pulling social gathering. Bad Speck had to transfer paper to get to her drinking water.

We stood in the center of the area, staring at the wall, and understood that there had been some other flaws in our kitchen that we necessary to deal with — some of them relating to the kitties. We had been employing our kitchen area island as a feeding station for our kitties. We maintain their automatic kibble dispenser on top rated of the butcher block where by it is out of reach of the pet dogs, and we preserve cans of damp cat meals and kitty treats in the drawer underneath the butcher block. The drawer is considerably harder for Ghost Cat to open up than our cabinets are, so she’s no longer able to assist herself to additional servings of treats, and Ghost Cat and Specter seem to love having fed large off the floor.

Ghost Cat always liked her feeding station, but I didn't like its location next to the stove.
Ghost Cat always favored her feeding station, but I did not like its spot up coming to the stove.

The only dilemma with using the island as a feeding station was its spot — the movable cabinet was semi-permanently placed in between our stove and fridge. Most of the time that did not hassle me, but each at the time in a although Ghost Cat or Specter would get too near to the very hot stove for my ease and comfort. I don’t cook significantly, but I do warmth up some noodles or fry an egg every after in a even though, so at times individuals features can be dangerously crimson. I kept stating we needed to shift the island absent from the stove, and for a whilst we didn’t know what we would place in it’s location to fill the void among our fridge and our stove.

At the identical time, my partner was making an attempt to occur up with a way to squeeze a dishwasher into our 1950s kitchen. We’d been applying a drying rack soon after washing the dishes in the sink, but the rack was generally filled to bursting and the kitties have been frequently leaping up on the counter and knocking the precariously piled dishes out of their rack. We wished a solution that would be both equally a small much more sanitary (who wishes to eat off a plate a cat has rubbed up against?) and would not consequence in dishes falling to the floor each individual several times.

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We understood a dishwasher would continue to keep our dishes secure from our kitties, but we just could not feel to in good shape 1 in our kitchen. We’re nonetheless rocking our authentic (read through, historic) cupboards, which means our countertop is not tall enough to match a dishwasher below — but the hole left vacant by the kitties’ food items island turned out to be the best size for the modern equipment. I guess I can thank my cats for encouraging to bring my kitchen into the 21st century.

"I used to find food here. Where have you hidden it?"
“I applied to uncover meals listed here. The place have you concealed it?”

We’re now about halfway by our kitty-inspired renovation, and Ghost Cat and Specter are altering well. The dishwasher still does not have a cupboard crafted all over it, but that hasn’t stopped Ghosty and Speck from leaping up to investigate the room that applied to household their feeding station (which has been moved to safer locale, away from the incredibly hot stove.)

 

As for the wall once wrecked by very small kitten claws, very well, it is now protected in difficult wood paneling, which does not feel to fascination Speck in the least (and would be really much impossible for her to problems). We nonetheless have to include some trim, some paint, and a few much more finishing touches, but the whole kitchen area is genuinely coming alongside. The cats are happier (and safer), and so are we individuals.

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About the creator: Heather Marcoux is a freelance writer in Alberta, Canada. Her beloved Ghost Cat was the moment her only animal, but Specter the kitten, GhostBuster the Lab and her latest pet, Marshmallow, make her fur spouse and children finish. Heather is also a spouse, a terrible prepare dinner and a previous Television set journalist. Some of her good friends have hidden her feed due to the fact of an excessive of cat photographs. If you do not intellect cat pics, you can abide by her on Twitter she also posts pet GIFs on Google +.