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The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

by M.E. Russell

The Best Houseplants for You and Your Pets

I've seen this phrase tumbling around on the internet for a while now: "Plant Lady is the New Cat Lady." To that I say, why not both? I only say that because I am a die-hard cat lover who has recently discovered her love of indoor jungles. The good news is you can totally go crazy in both cat and plant departments - you just have to be smart about it. There are plenty of easily-accessible houseplants out there that are non-toxic to both cats...

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How to: Purrfectly Simple DIY Cat Bed

by M.E. Russell

Make It! DIY Cat Bed

I love my cat. I'm not shy about admitting that (I even mention it in my bio). I'm also not ashamed to say I think she's the best cat in the world. Her name is Donut, but I also refer to her as "Angel Face" or "Precious Baby Kitty" (which drives my fiancé crazy, I'm sure). The cat drinks filtered water and has a basket full of toys. She's one of the more spoiled cats out there, and leads a pretty cushy life (as evidenced by this plushy DIY cat bed I made especially for her).          

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Window Cat Patio

by DIY Maven

Window Cat Patio

The Meow't ® Cat Patio mounts in any slidey uppy-downy window 22 1/2" to 36" wide, has a flap door to minimize heating and cooling loss and a translucent roof so you can keep an eye on your cat-child. The kicker is the ventilated paw-print porch itself, of course. The porch section is 11 1/4" by 12" x 11 1/2" tall. At $150 from Improvements it's not the cheapest cat toy you can buy, but I'm thinking it just might be DIY-able! Via.

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DIY Cardboard Cat Chaise.

by Chris Gardner

1Apparently, cats have this thing where they like to install themselves in cozy spaces: spots like drawers, behind furniture, and if its available, an appropriately-sized empty cardboard box. So, take advantage of their penchant for nookery, and make them do what they do in style.

DIY Cardboard Cat Chaise.

Materials

  • Large sheets of corrugated cardboard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Markers
  • Utlity knife
  • Cutting mat or scrap surface

Begin by downloading the pdf pattern...

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Step-by-Step Upholstered Cushion for Everywhere in Your Home

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Kitchen chairs, bar stools, porch furniture, patio furniture, window seats, sofas, chairs, floor pillows, dog beds, doll beds, cat beds, and that's all I can think of, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own boxed and corded cushions.

You can ditch the cord for a more modern look. 

Have at it this Spring with the beautiful large graphic print fabrics available for the interior and the new outdoor fabrics--to die for!

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DIY Pet Food.

by Chris Gardner

food

My intense allergies will never allow me to share my home with any fuzzy quadrupeds. But were I able, I'd love to create amazing meals just for them. So, pet-lovers, throw out your canned pastes, extruded hydrogenized goos, and recalled nasties and give some of these a try.

  • Make Stuff offers recipes for sauteed liver, veal soup, fish cookies, kitty treats, budgie brownies, and others.
  • Simply Pets has 57 meals for dogs and 43 for cats
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