Aby-a-Day – 27 July: Evolution of a Catio (Fashion Friday)

When I first moved here in 2016, Björn’s balcony was a rather Spartan affair.

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There was only a wooden bench, a makeshift cat tree made from natural tree parts, a basket and…not much else.

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It was pretty barren. Once my things came from the States, we put my redwood burl table out there, and my floor-to-ceiling cat tree bumped Björn’s old cat tree out there as well. The balcony was open to the elements, so we couldn’t keep much else out there, but we put a tarp over the table, and it was fine out there. And so were the cats…until Jacoby taught himself to jump off the balcony. After that, we had to keep the balcony door closed until we could get it glassed in.

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Finally, May last year, we got the balcony glassed in. Jake was out there in a heartbeat.

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So was Pyret. The basket on the bench was her favourite spot…

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…which is one reason we kept her body there until we could get her cremated.

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For a while after it was glassed in, we used it as storage for the chairs until we could get it organised.

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Angel didn’t mind. She had sun and a cushy place to nap. She was good.

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Even now, you can usually find her in one of the chairs on the balcony.

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Either a chair, or the cubby in the cat tree.

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Alfred…well, he tries to fit in there sometimes, too.

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Logan also really loved the cubby.

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Logan loved the balcony.

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He spent a lot of time out there in the sun before he died.

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Jake and Freddy love being out there, too…but they’re usually trying to work out a way to escape.

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We got the basic layout of the balcony done last summer after the glass was installed, and we hung curtains and icicle and fairy lights, which actually give enough light to read by, but this year we have been focusing on really getting it set up to be a catio. I fell in love with this artificial pine tree at IKEA, and I found a reindeer hide for 125kr (around $14, about 1/10 what they should cost) which I love…but which sheds too much to live in the apartment. It looks great out on the balcony, though!

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One of the biggest things we did this year is lay down wooden tiles.

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Those tiles made a HUGE difference in the overall feel of the balcony. It feels warmer and more homey – more like a part of the house rather than “outside.” There was just one more thing we needed to do…and you’ll see what we did tomorrow!

Aby-a-Day – 12 July: Sleeping in Vimmerby (Thursday Things)

Our friend Summer commented on yesterday’s post that it was nice to see Angel in a post. I do try to mix it up as much as possible, but it’s not always easy since Angel tends to avoid the spotlight.

Kalle has a really awesome Vimmerby bed from Mio. It’s a modernised version of the traditional box bed that dates back to the Middle Ages, and let me tell you, I would have LOVED to have a bed like this in high school!

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Seems that Angel likes Kalle’s bed, too! She hardly ever sleeps on our beds, so when she decided to hang out on Kalle’s bed, it was pretty awesome, and we were lucky to get photos of the rare event.

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It’s great to see her branch out. It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve had her, and she still acts like she did when I first brought her home. So to see her do something like this is so special. Good girl, Angel!

Aby-a-Day – July 9: Making his mark

When we stayed at my friend Karen’s house during the Seacoast show, Jacoby took a particular liking to one black chair she had in her living room. He even chose to sleep on it instead of on the bed with me.

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Sunday morning, I discovered why he liked that cushion so much.

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It was the perfect canvas on which to display his white litterbox-dust pawprints!

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“What? You love my paws so much…I thought you’d like this!”

Aby-a-Day – June 8: Checking out the Cat Style Lounge at Blog Paws (Miniature Monday)

If you saw Summer’s blog post last week, you saw her photos at the Hauspanther Cat Style Lounge.

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Well, since I wasn’t able to bring Jacoby with me, I had to visit the Hauspanther lounge with Jake’s mini-me.

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But I think he enjoyed it at least as much as the real Jake would have.

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The first stop were the Pet Tree Houses with leaves.

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I absolutely love these trees. I wish I could fit one in my apartment. Especially with the autumn foliage. Besides looking pretty, they also are very well built.

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Next we played with the Jackson Galaxy Cat Crawl.

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And then we checked out the Jackson Galaxy Comfy Cocoon.

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CatastrophiCreations, an Etsy store, makes some awesome cat climbers, like this amazing Indiana Jones rope bridge…

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…and this system of wall furniture that can be adapted and customised to your cats and your walls.

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Next we checked out the ökocat litter display…but the resident flat cat didn’t seem to approve. I’m just glad that Rufus wasn’t there. That cat creeps me out (even if he does look a bit like an Aby).

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This Vesper Tower cubby had such a fluffy lining!

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The Vesper V-Cube is really elegant too.

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I really loved My Katio which can hold a litter box or just be a little mini-porch for kitties. I just don’t think my building would allow them since we have central air conditioning rather than window-mounted AC.

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I can’t for the life of me remember who made this cat tree. I can’t find it on Hauspanther’s style guide. It was awesome, though.

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I really liked the Cattino cat-shaped, all-in-one cat centre. It has a bed and a scratcher in one compact, cat-shaped package!

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The PurrfecTower trees were amazing. I could totally see one of these in my apartment.

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Finally we checked out the CatIt Wellness Center

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Mini-Jake seemed to really enjoy it. I may need to get one for big Jake!

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When we were done playing with all the toys, we hung out at the Hauspanther craft table.

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There were little cardboard cat toys scattered everywhere.

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We even got to meet the lovely and amazing Kate Benjamin! I was flattered that she had heard of me!

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Finally, just for fun, here’s me with mini-Jake. My dress is from Modcloth and I just adore it.

But you can see I really missed having Jake with me. He would have loved all this.

Aby-a-Day – March 15: “Deluxe” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Deluxe.”

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When we finally get it all done, we’ll have a deluxe cat apartment with all sorts of climbing and sleeping choices.

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The sky will be the limit!

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And believe me, Jacoby cannot wait!

Aby-a-Day – March 12: Wordless Wednesday (Height and Light)

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Aby-a-Day – February 28: Angel on high (Friday Flashback)

Last week I posted about how much Jacoby is going to love our newly catified apartment, but Angel will get a huge kick out of it, too.

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The very first night I had Angel, she climbed to the top of the cat tree in my mom’s house.

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And she kept going when she got to the top!

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My mom’s place is actually naturally cat-friendly, with the addition of that one cat tree.

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My mom’s cats never thought to go up there, though. Angel did it almost immediately! I guess some things just need an Aby’s touch.

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When we first built our IKEA Pax cabinets, Angel was right there, helping.

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She was up on top of the first one before we’d even finished assembling it.

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I don’t remember how she even got up there!

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But she immediately tried to go even higher!

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It will be interesting to see how she reacts to the cat shelves in the new apartment.

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I just hope they don’t fight over the good spots!