Kittyfied cabinets: 6 ways to have a cat-friendly kitchen
by Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in any house. Add cats, and it can become a madhouse in no time flat. Here are six ways you can make your kitchen cat friendly when you reface your cabinets:
- Locking cabinets: There's a very real reason that the phrase 'curiosity killed the cat' was coined: cats have a habit of getting into things that they shouldn't and occasionally don't live to tell the tale. Keep your cat safe from poisonous chemicals under the sink, and keep your food safe from a curious cat. Your cat might not grow out of this phase like a human child, so built-in locks are the best choice, both for longevity and aesthetics.
- Hidden/built-in litter box: Imagine a world in which you don't have to see or smell your cat's litter box, and it's right at hand to empty. Make this dream a reality with a built-in litter-box cabinet that blends right into the rest of your kitchen. Putting the litter box inside a cabinet helps contain odors, and keeps things looking nice. If you've got extra space, add in enough room for a small rug as the cat gets out of the litter box to catch excess litter.
- Cat food storage: At some point, nearly every cat owner has come home to a splayed-open food bag and a cat or two pretending they weren't involved. Keep your extra cat food locked down, yet conveniently located in the kitchen with an integrated bulk cat food storage bin.
- Replaceable scratching posts: Built-in scratching posts can help keep your kitties from tearing up other parts of your new cabinets. Even the toughest scratching posts wear out over time, so making them easily replaceable is key. A 4"x4" wrapped in 1/2"-thick twine, for example, looks nice and doesn't take much more than a little time and a hot glue gun. Secure it by screwing up through the cabinet below.
- Built-in beds and hangout boxes: Fact: cats love boxes. If you've got the room, give your cats some boxes to hang out in while they watch you toil in the kitchen. Toss in a pillow or cat bed for added luxury.
- Stepped areas and holes to facilitate traversing: As amusing as it is to watch your cat foul up a jump, crash, and pretend nothing happened, it'll be better for everyone in the long run if you also make all these new cat cabinets (catbinets?) easier to traverse. Stepped cabinets with cat-sized holes in the end look classy and allow movement into the new cat spaces you've created.
Get as creative as you want with this, but keep an eye out for potential hazards like highly chewable electrical wires to which Fluffy suddenly has ready access. Talk to your contractor about kittifying your kitchen cabinets today.
About the Author
Karl Fendelander cut his teeth on web writing in the late nineties and has been plugged in to the newest technology and tuned in to the latest trends ever since. With an eye for design and an ear for language, Karl has created content and managed digital media for startups and established companies alike. When he unplugs, Karl can be found biking about town and hiking and climbing throughout the West.
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