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You all know how much I love Watson and I try and make him little places for him to enjoy. I have bought his a toddler chair, made him a luggage bed, and now I have made him a cat teepee . Here is Watson enjoying it ( he is currently using it while watching for birds).
I was inspired to do this DIY when I looked at Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Pinterest. There are tons of fun tutorials and cat related content. In 2007 Rachael Ray created Nutrish which is a super-premium food and treats for dogs inspired by recipes from her own kitchen.
All the recipes are simple and full of wholesome ingredients with real meat or fish. There are never corn, wheat, soy, gluten, poultry-by-product meal, fillers, artificial preservatives or colors. I am always looking for better food to buy Watson so I went to my local Fred Meyers and picked up Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Dry Cat Food – Zero Grain Chicken & Potato Recipe which has U.S farm-raised chicken as the #1 ingredient. I also picked up some Grain Free Wet Food For Cats. Watson already has had the Chicken & Salmon Catterole™ and loved it!
You can find Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet and dry cat food varieties at many different retailers near you, as well as online at Amazon.com. I personally went to Fred Meyers since it is so close to my home. You can find where you can buy Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet and dry cat food varieties HERE.
Remember when you introduce food to your kitty to do it gradually – over the course of 7 – 10 days. Simply start replacing more of the current food to Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® until the switch over is complete. Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, which was created to help shelter pets in need – over $14 million has been donated.
This is what you need. 4 dowels ( 27 inches), 2 Yards of fabric, scissors, 3 yards of rope, hot glue gun, and optional ( ring ) I did not ended up using this.
You will want the tie the dowels together – very well. Eric did this by wrapping the rope tightly around each dowel. Once it is tight it should stand on its own in a teepee shape. If it does not stand well you can glue a ring to the dowels using a hot glue gun to help the structure, if you wrap the dowels tight enough you will not need this step.
Can you see Watson “helping”? Next you need to cut out the teepee shape from the fabric. Using the dowel I measured the length so I knew how much to cut. I cut the fabric at that length so it made a almost circle. I also cut the top of the fabric into a circle so it will fit well over the teepee structure.
Heat up the glue gun and hem all the seems ( this will give the teepee a cleaner look)
Next drape the fabric over the structure and see if it fits
Next you want to close up the front seam with hot glue and you are done. I put the teepee on a rug to add to the comfort level.