Today I'll finish the week with a family story about nesting. You've already met Ollie, the seven pounds of snuggly sunshine we spoil with affection. Isn't he so sweet?
Ollie acts more like a doting puppy than a indifferent feline in all ways but one. He is a brat cat when it comes to toys and playthings. The most glaring example? Mr. PS loves to rub it in that Ollie prefers a cardboard box to an designer bed.
Did you notice there's a beanie baby dog in the $100 Hepper pod? And the box is from Trader Joe's...for free. Ugh.
Ollie doesn't venture outdoors, so he's limited to what's inside for comfort and stimulation. He's been oversleeping and doesn't have a high place to call his own except for the window sill. I've been looking for many, many months for a cat climber that combines functionality with pleasing aesthetics. The Hepper was a step in a direction that failed to appeal to my furry friend.
Guess what happened yesterday? I found it! Here's a photo montage of how it went down.
white glove inspection
quality check for durability
hmmmm, cardboard box - this is more to my liking
a few treats of bribery did the trick for a moment
I really, really dislike the look of traditional cat trees. The carpet and sisal sends shivers of cringes down my spine. I would have preferred the stacking cubes or even the natural beauty featured in Martha Stewart magazine. How cool are these?
I'm finally understanding that it's not about me on this one. If Ollie doesn't take to it, it's useless no matter how pretty it is. I learned the hard way with the Hepper pod, so carpet and sisal it is. At least it blends with the wall and curtains!
Everyone wins today, Ollie played himself to sleep...
And with that, I'd love to hear about your fur children and the ways you choose to spoil them. Do you have your own Hepper-like story, or do you hit home runs after a pet store purchase?
** all personal photos unless otherwise noted **