If you build it, they will come... "they" being the
kitties of course :) Behold...
The Ultimate Kitty
The above picture is the first concept of the playhouse. I
actually created a 3D model of it in CAD :) I've had the idea
to do this for some time now. Having a house and garage now, the
ability to do
projects like this are finally a reality again! Any of you who
have cats will know that to buy playhouses that are even 1/3 the size
of this one costs a ridiculous amount of money!!! Seriously.
A third of what you see in that picture might cost you $150-$200 at PetSMART! So I was
like... nah, I don't think so! I'll
make my own... even more epic than ANYTHING you could find in the
It didn't quite come out like the CAD picture you see above.
But... in my opinion... it came out even better :) ...
Click here if you want
to see the construction pictures!
onto the fun...
Because of its size and weight, I had to carry it from the garage
in pieces. I left the ladders detached, the top detached, and
then the main part of the playhouse was in two sections. The
above pictures follow the course of me bringing in the ladders, top
piece and left main section. Much as I expected, even just the
pieces themselves aroused kitty curiosity,
and they couldn't resist checking things out. Note in the second
picture from the left... Crichton's on this end, Angel on the far
end... and Belle was actually inside the tube :)
Here they check out the right main section... the one with the neat
tower on the end. And as you might conclude from the picture on
the right above... I think they might be diggin' that tower thing! :)
Leave it to the boy :) I'm just glad I was
able to grab some pictures :)
Completely assembled... some "minor glitches" worked
...and now the fun begins...
Despite me using the power drill to screw in all
the screws connecting everything, having the Dremel out to cut off the end of a screw that
stuck through the little house, and having to hacksaw new flats on a
big screw I stripped out when mounting the top piece, they STILL
couldn't stay away! :)
Over and under, in and out, up and down... right from the start, they just couldn't get enough of this thing.
And I couldn't seem to snap pictures fast enough :)
At first, it looks like Angel is trying to attack
and bite Belle! Oh but wait... she just wanted to give her a
back rub :)
In my opinion, here's one of the best action shots of
the entire day :)
Again I say... leave it to the boy! :)
Here's a great series of pictures, snapped one right after the other, of
Crichton being his mischievous little self. The middle picture
above definitely goes in my "best of" category :)
It was Sunday morning when I first set up the
playhouse... and the photo ops went non-stop the whole day! As
they explored a little more and became more familiar with the
playhouse, that's when they started figuring out the cool places to sit, lay,
chase each other, or just plain perch for the best view of the room.
The above pictures are dedicated to Angel and
Crichton... who never fail to be an absolute joy to watch and take
pictures of :) Second picture in from the right... "best of"
material, definitely :)
The pictures never seem to end, huh? :) The
first picture on the left above... I managed to catch Crichton taking a break from the
playhouse madness... basking in the afternoon sun coming through the
front door. The right two pictures above I think are absolutely
adorable! Belle is such a cutie... with the second picture in
front the right definitely being "best of" material... head out one end, tail out the
other :) And then of course... the second picture in from the left...
if Belle could talk, what do you suppose she's saying in that
The above series of pictures are hilarious. Just
check 'em out in order...
1) Crichton: "Ho hum... diggin' this...
just kinda hangin' out..."
2) Crichton: "Ho hum... hum... hey...
what the... there's a... !!!!"
3) Crichton: *paw* *swat* *paw*
Above are a couple good overall shots of the
playhouse. I'm so happy how nice it came out. It looks
really good sitting in the front room... colors and everything!
I'm good! *pats self on back* :) Of course, it took about 10x
longer than I thought it would to build... but hey... it was worth
And the final pictures of the set... the
above pictures were taken well into the evening. The quality isn't so good because I didn't want to ruin the mood
using a flash... so the light was a little too low. They still
came out wonderful though I think... with the first picture on the left
of Crichton being, in my opinion, one of the absolute cutest
pictures of the day
:) He's such a great cat.
Well... they all
are... otherwise, I guess I wouldn't have spent two weeks building
them the ultimate playhouse, huh? :)