About 2 months after the birth of our daughter, I noticed a stray cat hanging around the neighborhood that I hadn’t seen before. He was very thin and unusually friendly. I saw the sad state he was in, took pity in him and began feeding him. He would stay in the backyard lounging on our outdoor chairs, and greet us at our front door when we arrived home.
After a few months, and the threat of winter approaching, we scheduled a visit through our local animal shelter’s Spay Our Strays program. He was vaccinated and turned out to already be neutered a sure sign that at one time, he was someone’s pet. I searched the local lost animal websites, and checked with shelters, but no one seemed to be missing him. My husband and I decided to take him in. He was great, but my younger male cat did not approve and started picking fights with him. Until I could find him a suitable home, he would have to stay in our basement. I created quite the feline bachelor pad for him. A cat tree in front of the window, complete with futon bed, private litter box and a never-ending supply of food and water. He continues to thrive, after many attempts at finding him a permanent home and attempting to integrate him into the household have failed. He resides in our basement laundry and remains sweet and content with his life. He comes upstairs to visit and then goes back down to the basement where he is king and lives in peace by himself. Just look at him now and how much weight he has gained! It is hard to believe this is the same cat that showed up in our yard on the brink of starvation!..
Recently, we were forced to discard the futon in the basement. Removing this piece of furniture removed precious lounging space for our poor “Nucky” (named after the character in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.) I searched the house for suitable items that I could repurpose into a cat bed. I came across a large wicker basket that I had stored in our attic. I found an old couch pillow as well as an old pillow case. I stuck the pillow in the case, and tucked it inside the basket. I used some fabric scraps to add some detail to the basket handle. Cat bed in a pinch was born! A much less expensive and greener alternative to purchasing a new cat bed. Nucky loves it and has been sleeping in it every night since it was quickly thrown together!