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I will apologize in advance for any "snippiness" in my writing. Thisisn't easy for us, let alone the cats too. ... cheaper, but all of them don't allow pets. So we have to make duewith what we have. Again, I apologize.

I can readily understand that you have to be careful of your expenditures (and didn't even think of that when I mentioned the two cat gates from Drs. Foster and Smith). However, the idea of giving them a place to look outdoors is a good one. Do you have any of those high windows in the basement? If so, a sturdy stepladder (if one is already available) would give your cats easy access to the windows. The stepladders with wide steps are more stable than the ones with narrow steps. At any rate, the cats will be with you most of the time, so this isn't like locking your cats into a dark basement and leaving them there alone.
MaryL
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Yeah, I'll do that for sure. You asked for advice. I didn't flame you. Sheesh, you're a guy, make some cat trees, it's not very hard.

Candace
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See my cats:

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human." (Loren Eisely)
That's ok. We had seen similar doors at PetSmart and wished they were cheaper...same with the really cool play towers. There are the small half windows in the basement. However, they don't have any ledge. However, we'll see what we can do. If not, then as "Iso" has pointed out, it may not be necessary, but it's fun...I guess sunlight to cats is like birth-controlled sex is to humans...may not be necessary, but it's fun! :-)
We'll take this under advisement. We haven't consulted a Vet yet, so we may ask them their thoughts too.
Thanks.
We've considered those too. We'll see how the baby gates work out since those are available at no cost right now (they have two) Then when we have the money, we may purchase two of our own and attach them together to move as one unit. We also plan to get an air purifier to get the "basement" smell out.
That's actually a good idea...I'm not all that good at making things, but my mother-in-law wears the pants in that family and does all the "handyperson" jobs. Do you know if there are any "blueprints" online? Or maybe a how-to? What kind of carpeting is that anyway?
Sorry for my thin skin (as mentioned in another post) :-)
That's actually a good idea...I'm not all that good at making things, butmy mother-in-law wears the pants in that family ... maybe ahow-to? What kind of carpeting is that anyway? Sorry for my thin skin (as mentioned in another post) :-)

Here are a few wites with plans for do-it-yourself cat furniture:

http://amby.com/cat site/declaw.html#build-it
http://www.cat-tree-plans.com /
http://www.flippyscatpage.com/furniturediy.html
MaryL
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My sister installed a gate (two, actually) that she ordered online from Drs. Foster and Smith. They are extra tall, and she mounted one above the other (fastened together so they can be moved as a single unit).

I didn't know they made a gate that can be fitted with another as a single unit. Neat idea and that could have come in handy recently. Oh well.
Cool. Thanks. I'll see what she thinks. :-) Materials should be WAY cheaper than $100-200!
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