A sunny window makes a great location for a cat window perch
Jake and Karen have done it again! Remember their awesome ? Well, this time they designed and built an ingenious windowsill perch. Odie and Suzy really enjoyed looking out the office window, but the accommodations (see below) were less than optimal. So Jake and Karen set to work. Their challenge was to design a perch that fit in with their modern style, worked well for the cats, and did not cover the vent in the floor directly below the window.
Gazing out the window is a favorite pastime for cats, especially when the neighborhood birds and squirrels are in full view. While many cats have no problem perching themselves inside windowsills, certain cats are simply too large to fit comfortably inside without slipping out. If you have a curious cat that struggles to stay on the windowsill, a DIY window perch is an ideal solution. All you need are some basic tools and materials and a little creativity to build the "purr-fect" window perch for your loving pet.
Your windowsill needs to be at least 3″ deep for the perch to fit properly. I haven’t tested the perch myself, but a friend has one and she reports that it is really easy to install and quite sturdy and that her cats love it. Visit for more info.Rather than creating all of this competition, create feeding “stations”; locations where your cats can take comfort that there will always be a reliable food source. This will also allow your cats to pick and choose where they feel most comfortable eating. They can eat with other cats that do not make them feel threatened and avoid a bully cat. One great location idea for where to create a feeding station is on their cat condos! Cats take great comfort in being up high. If you have a cat tree/condo that has a large enough flat surface then that is a great place for a food bowl, especially for a shy or bullied cat. This is also a great solution if you have dogs or toddlers that attempt to access the food bowl. On the desk in the home office, a windowsill perch, a bathroom (on the floor or countertop) are all great ideas for feeding stations (and water bowls). Get creative, but just be sure to pick a location where you know your cat(s) is already comfortable spending time.ZELDA is a two-year-old female black cat. Zelda was found trying to survive in the outside world, and getting ready to bear her young. We can only imagine the terror and grueling life this young girl endured on the streets. Despite Zelda’s fear and uncertainty she held fast, and stayed by her babies and cared for them. A kind and generous foster parent took Zelda and her four kittens in, and Zelda made great strides in her foster home. Zelda learned that humans could be kind and gentle, and more and more she approached her foster parent for attention and to stay close. Zelda still resists being petted, but her foster parent worked diligently to teach Zelda a hand extended means love and kindness, not pain and harm. The patience of her foster parent prevailed, and Zelda learned to play, and with great zeal tossed her cat toys about. Zelda learned of the coziness of couch and bed, the joy of catnip, and the pleasure of a breeze ruffling her fur when perched on a windowsill. Zelda learned napping with her foster brother male cat brought warmth. Zelda shared the home with two other cats, one male and one female. The female cat tolerated Zelda for a time, and then reasserted her dominance in the home, uniting with the male cat in cornering Zelda and not permitting her to eat or use the litter box. The foster parent made a very painful decision, but the right one: Zelda was the newcomer, and it would be best to try to find her a new home and alleviate the stress all three cats were experiencing in the household. We can’t explain this to Zelda, who cowers in her cage, torn from a home that cared very much for her; who is losing fur because her stress level is so high, who picks at her food without the gusto she had shown previously with her breakfast and dinner before coming back to the shelter.
It only takes one: are you Zelda’s hero or heroine? We hope so, because if Zelda took such large strides in the ten months she resided with her foster parent, we can only imagine with patience and encouragement what she is capable of. She may be the cat you imagine. You might make her the cat she imagines herself to be.Our house has some pretty old windows, and they probably won’t be replaced for some time. They also vary in construction. Some windows have sills that are five to six inches wide, perfect for a cat to perch upon. These are also at a good jumping height for most of the cats.