Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bridge to Somewhere

Yesterday, boredom I guess, drove me into project mode. I had some scraps of this and that and decided to create a bridge. For the cats. I fastened clips to two ends of two pieces of equal length wire rope and attached four eye hooks to hook each end of the two pieces of wire rope to.

I then attached a variety of materials between the two strung strands of wire rope. I had some plastic garden netting, but not enough. I had various mesh size pieces of hardware cloth but not enough of any one size. So, I pieced them all together and created the bridge.

But, for the cats to walk on it and not fall through the larger mesh holes something would have to cover it. Again, I turned to bits and pieces of this and that. I had half a can of spray foam insulation and used it to cover part of the wire. I had one little square piece of rug, from the dollar store and one plastic placemat from Goodwill. To cover the rest of the span, I used an old quilt.

So now, I have the bridge to Somewhere. Yup. It's impressive all right.

I also caught the latest stray who sneaks into my garage and sprays and sometimes, if he can avoid detection, he sleeps in the garage. He showed up a month ago or so. I thought at first it was the neighbors' cat, that is, until I caught them fighting. This latest stray has a curled over ear from earmites and was not neutered. He is now! I had his ears cleaned and mite treated, also, because he had them so bad.

So anyhow, now I know why Sam went on a pee machine extravaganza lately. This stray is number 19 I've taken to be fixed just from my yard and the yards of nearby neighbors. That's really a sad statement about the character of the people in this area and the sad lives of animals around here. Well, number 19 was fixed and his parasites are gone now too. At least he stands a better chance now.

My bridge is fabulous and the cats adore it already.

3 comments :

  1. so is mr. stray still sleeping in your garage? or are you going to try to find a home for him, too? If he's still hanging around he needs a name......

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  2. Well, he's been here on and off, but wasn't out there just now, when I looked. He came and ate today, however, earlier. I can't find him a home. I couldn't find a cute Siamese bobtail long hair a home right now. No hits or leads on adoptions. Someone wanted to adopt Black Pearl and her kittens. The first sentence is a turn off: We live on 12 acres. Most people think that might impress, but it doesn't impress rescues. To a rescuer trying to adopt out, when someone says that, we immediately understand the cats will be preyed upon by a host of large toothed carnivores. KATA and I talk about people starting off that way in introduction, too, like they think it's a plus for cats, when it's a death sentence.

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  3. I won't even give any to my sister-who lives on a farm-her husband is from New Zealand and they eventually boot any pets outside so I told her she isn't getting any I've put so much time and love into getting them sweet and trusting. NO WAY!! Can we get some pics of your FANTASTIC FELINE FUN areas you have constructed, might give me a few ideas. ALSO, do you think or know if people know about you and just dump them near you?

    Take care,

    Judith

    PS Been SO sick for SO long SO I apologize for not being in contact much :~P

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