I’m on my way to become a “crazy cat lady” though I have not bought or invested in a stock pile of boxed wine. I bought a cat “tree/kitty condo” from Amazon. I was surprised that by the low cost and what seems to be a great quality cat condo. I did a lot compare a lot of different cat condos based on price, dimensions and customer ratings and went with the Go Petclub condo for about $48.00. The cat condo fits well in corner but was stable sitting in the middle of the room without wall support. The platforms and boxes are 3/8-1/2 inch thick particle board and the support pillars are probably thick cardboard tubes with fairly thick plastic end caps to accept the screws to build the condo. The total height is a little over 4 foot tall. You get the basic type Ikea sort of pictograph building instructions. I made a couple of mistakes with using the wrong screw in a couple of spots. Over all it was a simple 30 minute job to build the cat condo.
The “condo” is covered with a plush “fabric” rather than a thick carpet, but I priced all of the pet/farm stores and to get the about the same size cat condo locally would have cost around $90.00-130.00. I will admit that some of the more expensive local products used a plush carpet on the platforms rather than a plush fabric. But none of more expensive condos used quality plywood rather than OSB or particle board for the boxes/platforms or solid wood for the pillars under those platforms. When the fabric gets worn in a few years I can replace the fabric with carpet if I choose or I can just add more plush fabric. One thing I have to say is all of the posts and the ladder of this cat tower has sisal rope for cat scratching and that will help save my furniture. Not a big deal as the kittens don’t really scratch up my furniture. Always good to give kittens another safe outlet.
I’m new to using a lot of kitty litter and cleaning a litter box more often as my Smokey cat tended to go poo outside most of the time. The kittens use the litter box a lot and clumping kitty litter is easy to scoop and clean daily. Non-clumping kitty litter is hard to scoop daily, smells worse and it seems as equal too or no more dusty compared to clumping kitty litter. Get a covered kitty litter box and scoop out the clumps at least every 1-2 days and the aroma of having a kitty litter box is very minimal.
I have been trying to gauge my fire wood usage in comparison to previous year’s wood heating and I got nothing! That is not exactly true as I think I need about 4 cords of soft woods to heat all winter. Winter in SW Idaho can be all over the place. Will this winter be like the snowpocolypse of 2016/2017? or will it be a throwback of 1982/1983 of six weeks of -20 degree F. in late January-February. I think we will get a cold winter but not a wet winter. I think it will be a “deep freeze” of -10 or -20 degrees as the high temp of the day with little snow. I do think the winter temps night time temps will be cold. I still suck at banking a fire.
If you like eating pork get stocked up now! Bacon freezes well and you can use a pressure canner to preserve bacon. Though my canned bacon has been flavorless. This is a global porcine black plague. This pork flu spreading through China is like a pork Ebola. There is no vaccine, no treatment. Other than the animals must be culled. That means all animals killed if they discover this disease anywhere! China is recommending to eat dogs again to get through this pork shortage. I don’t blame the Chinese people doing what they have to survive. That is socialism!
Kroger/Fred Meyer has 3 pounds of bacon on sale for less than $9.00. Your choice to buy ahead.