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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 8:58 pm 
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Hello everyone! I am counting down the days until I bring my baby home but to keep me busy in the mean time I am working on catifying and a super highway. I am thinking of getting those square shelves (Example: http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-209769 ... or-set.jsp ) to put on the wall behind my tv (large wall) does anyone have experience with these? Are they sturdy or will they fall with her weight? I know there are shelves specifically for kitties but this will be hubbies first cat and I want to....ease him into catification. So I am looking for something that will be functional for pictures or knick knacks but still allow for kitty climbing. I really hope this makes sense to someone! TIA!

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 9:22 pm 
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Well, if the pretense is that you are getting these shelves for the cat, then I'd say that is a very poor choice. Way too thin, way too flimsy. If you get shelves for the cat's usage, she's going to want to jump on and off it, sleep/perch on it, run across it etc. That shelf would be more like walking across a tightrope for her, an accident waiting to happen (especially above your tv) so no, I'd say definitely get something much better.

If you want something that really looks sharp, and is made for a cat, then something like this:
http://smile.amazon.com/Refined-Feline- ... =cat+cloud

If you are a little less concerned about looks, and more concerned about utility, then something like this:
http://www.crazycatcondos.com/cat_wall_ ... age_C.html

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 11:24 pm 
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Thanks Brian. I thought that would be an issue. I would have the cloud shelves in a heart beat but, as I said, this is hubbies first cat and he is less inclined to have shelves on the wall just for the cat. I know he will come around but in the mean time trying to find something that can be functional for us and her.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 1:01 am 
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Thanks Brian. I thought that would be an issue. I would have the cloud shelves in a heart beat but, as I said, this is hubbies first cat and he is less inclined to have shelves on the wall just for the cat. I know he will come around but in the mean time trying to find something that can be functional for us and her.


The funny thing about bengals is that for all their athleticism they can actually be pretty clumsy. Like an elephant walking through a china shop sometimes. So it's real important that shelves be wide, and sturdy, and clear of anything you don't want knocked to the floor (cause it will be!). Also bengals are pretty big cats, even females are typically 10+ lbs or so when fully grown. So just keep that in mind when selecting items for them.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 1:20 am 
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That is why I was looking at the square shelves. misc in the square and she could use the tops. I think I will wait a bit I guess. Let hubby get used to being owned by a cat then stick up proper shelves. I am just chomping at the bit to get her here and trying to keep busy.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 2:05 am 
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katieleon wrote:
That is why I was looking at the square shelves. misc in the square and she could use the tops. I think I will wait a bit I guess. Let hubby get used to being owned by a cat then stick up proper shelves. I am just chomping at the bit to get her here and trying to keep busy.


If putting holes in the wall is a concern, start out with a cat tower. She will need one of those anyway. Amazon has many different ones to choose from and they are reasonably priced, the same with Petco and Petsmart when they are having a sale online with free shipping. After you get her home and see how much energy she has you will keep looking for ways to catify your house so she leaves your stuff alone, lol. I've had my two cats for 9 months and I just started putting things up on the walls for them, but I've been thinking about it the whole time. I just want them to be really happy. They love their cat towers. Cat shelves should be a decent size, sturdy and preferably attached to a wooden stud, not just sheet rock. Get to know her needs and go from there. They may start out little, but they can get pretty big before they are a year old.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 2:26 am 
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If you look on etsy.com they have several great options for cat shelves! They can be very attractive and usable. The best of both worlds :)

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 12:45 pm 
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The nesting shelves you're wanting are not going to work. The small one is way too tiny and they aren't wide enough. Plus, your kitty is going to want to get inside the shelve and if you have something there that can break -- well, good luck! It's super you want to catify your home, but you're going to have to do it for the cat and not for the hubby! He is not going to use the shelves as a bed. Brian posted a couple of great options. When you have a cat, the cat needs its own space. That can be a cat tree which is free standing. There are hundreds of designs and many that look like furniture even. Nothing is really cheap when it comes to certifying your house. If you want something functional, you can get large cubes and stack them up. You can put things in the cubes and the cat can climb and lay on them. Keep searching and you'll find something. Shelves need to be at least a foot wide and cubes are even wider. Remember, your kitty is going to grow!

As Brian stated -- you'd think the bengal is agile, but Raiden nearly tumbles off the back of the couch when he's walking on it.


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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 4:10 pm 
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katieleon wrote:
That is why I was looking at the square shelves. misc in the square and she could use the tops.


This kinda says it all :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 7:02 pm 
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Awe, Serafina is such a pretty girl, so athletic and focused too!

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 9:10 pm 
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OMG Brian! Serafina is so pretty! It also looks like you got the stink eye a couple times putting her toy up there! LOL. I think I will look into those stackable block shelves and see what I come up with. I already have a tower just delaying putting it together. BK I will definitely look into etsy, any tips on key words to use in the search? CMYK I think I will do the same and delay the shelves until I get a feel for her personality and what she likes.

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 3:01 pm 
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Brian, what great videos! That's one way to wear out a bengal. She sure has a long way to jump from that cat tree. Raiden has two shelves below his condo on his cat tree, but he prefers to jump from that! Anyway, your Serafina is beautiful and, hopefully, everyone can see the benefit of a shelving system like you have for your kitties. I wish Raiden would carry things in his mouth -- I've seen him ONCE carrying a pineapple toy. He has several different types of mice and he won't even play with them for more than 5 seconds. How old is your girl? I'm thinking Raiden's previous owner didn't play with him very much and just let him roam outdoors. Raiden does love to "hunt" moles outside and my husband can actually get him to play with Da Bird. I can't!

As for searching online, you can use "cat" anything. You need to make sure the cat has enough room to turn around and there are no dead ends. Some of the shelves are so beautiful. They just hold cats instead of knick knacks. Jackson Galaxy has a book on catification (he's writing another one) and there are people who go crazy with things for their kitties. Bengals just need vertical space and I find cat trees solve that problem.

Good luck and let us know what you come up with.


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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 9:43 pm 
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My partner Martin made these for our 2 little monsters. He made everything except the cat tree (though I think he will probably try to make a similar one soon)! Our kittens love them and will chase each other around. :)

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 10:25 pm 
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GREAT catification!!!! Nice to have a handy person in the household. I want to build shelves in Raiden's outdoor enclosure so he can climb up and down the walls there. Trying to find something plastic so it can get wet with no problem. The enclosure is covered, but if the wind blows, the water comes in.


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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 10:57 pm 
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Really really nice job! You guys should definitely be really proud of that.

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