He’s vomited 3 times today, and can’t seem to keep his food down. He’s hardly been drinking any water either. He’s been very lethargic, and meow’s loudly before vomiting. The first time was only bile, the next two times had food as well as bile.
this is it. this is the most important gif on tumblr.com
no okay but let me tell you a story
so at school I’m generally a pretty quiet person. I talk to a few people, I have a few friends, but I keep to myself a lot. So anyway, during lunch I’m on tumblr mobile, and this thing comes up. I put the gif onto full screen, and kind of half laugh at it. Then this guy who I have literally never talked to before walks by and then slowly back up and starts looking at my phone screen. I try to explain what I’m looking at, but really, how the hell do you explain this? Anyway, he waves over one of his friends so his friend comes over and looks at it. I’m still sitting in my chair, and we are all still completely silent. Soon more people begin to gather. 12 people, to be exact. 12 people, many of which I have never spoken to before, standing in a large, silent, ritual-esque circle around my iphone which is playing this gif on loop. After about five minutes, the first guy goes “how long is this?” and I was like “uh, its, um, its a gif, so it kind of goes on forever.” he nods and says “perfect”. These were the only words spoken throughout this whole event.
I’ve been working on and off on a catio (cat patio—in short, an outdoor enclosure) for my kitties. I know at least for Tai Lung (my boy kitty) must get bored inside, so I wanted a way for him to safely play outdoors without worrying if he’ll get lost, run over, or be attacked by other animals. But professionally made catios are expensive! ($2,000+) and even store bought enclosures can get pricey ($300+).
The materials, including the mats I used for the runways cost me around $100! (the decorations and foliage cost me extra, but I wanted it to look cute >.< ) Take note that I happen to buy the wire cubes when they were on sale at Target. But you can also find them at KMart or bed bath and beyond. The mats were bought from Daiso ($1.50 each)
I’m happy (and relieved) to say that Tai absolutely loves his new enclosure. He stayed outside for most of the day (until it got too dark and I lured him back inside with treats). Kona… well, she went outside ONCE and then quickly lost interest. Definitely an indoor kitty (can you tell by her old lady flab? it’s ok, I knew she probably wouldn’t get as much use out of it).
The cats can get in and out via the Kitchen Window. I removed the screen on the window, and to prevent them from jumping on top and escaping, I put an extra wire panel vertically for blockage.
It’s also great if you’re a renter like me, since it is relatively nondestructive and easy to take down if you ever move. Not to mention, it’s great if you have no carpentry/building skills (tools and me don’t mix)
If you have an indoor kitty and would like a way for them to safely bask in the outdoors I’d definitely recommend this method. And the best part is you can make it as big or small as you want and continue to build and expand later!
Again, if you missed it, here’s how you can make a do-it-yourself catio! CLICK HERE!