If you, like me, have more than one cat living at home, then most likely the question of a cat lounger arose. My household picks flatly refused various models, preferring various basins, boxes and other objects to them. And then I seriously thought about whether it is possible to make a suitable house for them, which guaranteed they will like it. Since cats love circles, it was decided to choose the shape of the ball. For the basis of the design of the house, a round balloon was just the right fit. No sooner said than done.
To make a round cat’s house, I took 1 liter of PVA glue, linen twine (during the manufacturing process I had to buy one more skein, so 2 skeins), sugar (or starch), 1 cup of warm water, a container for glue, a balloon ( necessarily round; the larger the ball, the larger the house will be), marker, scissors, cardboard, cling film, vegetable oil, stapler and a round template for marking the inlet.
First, I mixed water and sugar until completely dissolved, then inflated the ball, wrapped it with cling film and greased it with oil so that at the end the deflated ball would not deform the structure and it could be easily removed. Then I poured PVA glue into sweet water and mixed well until a homogeneous consistency.
The next step, I took a round pattern for the inlet and marked with a marker the place where the entrance will be. Make a sign-in template so large that your pet can easily walk into it. Otherwise, the house will not be popular, and you just spend the money. For my cat, I simply circled the lid of the pot into which it fits easily.
And here is the main stage. I thoroughly prepared for it: I covered the work surface with a film and put on rubber gloves (it’s absolutely safe to do this with my hands, but not practical). And he began to wind the twine around the ball, previously passing it through a container with a water-glue solution and leaving a section for the inlet not glued. When the skein of twine ended, it became clear that it was not enough: there were too many gaps on the structure and it was not very strong. The next day I bought another skein and continued to reel.
By the way, I strongly recommend making the same break during manufacture, it will allow the first layer to dry well, and the second layer of twine will lay down much better without soaking and deforming the first. Having finished the second skein of twine, I left our house to dry in the sun. It took about 1 week. During this time I prepared a stand for the house. I cut a circle of suitable diameter from cardboard, as well as a strip - a side for the circumference, wrapped it with cling film, then tightly wrapped the twine. Coated all this with glue and left to dry. When the house was dry, I just glued it with a stand, put a pancake from a dumbbell inside the house and left it for a couple of days.
While she was drying her new cat bed, his wife sewed a pillow for him.
When all the parts of the house stuck together well, I put a pillow in it and put the window sill on my favorite cats.
You can also equip your house with various cat toys, but you need to do this only outside, otherwise the pet will be uncomfortable sleeping there.
In the future I plan to make the same house, only this time instead of a cardboard stand I will use a metal structure similar to a holder for a hanging egg-chair, and attach a metal hook to the house at the manufacturing stage.
Use your health and let your cats be happy, and you along with them.