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Cat shelves- thoughts?

Trying to optimize the space in my apartment by giving Mia upwards territory. I saw cat shelves on My Cat From ****, and they were kind of pricey, has anyone tried these cheaper versions??

Harmony Loft Cat Shelf Set at PETCO

Any pros or cons y'all can think of? Pictures to share of your cats using them?? Thanks!

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Have you thought about something like this?



I always worry about the shelves .. if you don't hit a stud, or get it deep enough they could eventually fall.
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I was a little concerned they didn't have the support underneath or above (which is why I think the other ones are more expensive?). I wish I could have one of those things, but my doors are in use, and the ones that aren't in use, I can't have anything on them.

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i bought some cat shelves for my snickel's big christmas gift this past christmas. i bought these at etsy dot com-- 10 OFF SALE Cat Wall Shelf Carpeted set 3 medium by MewCorp

i located the studs by using nails down by the baseboards, so when i was ready to put up the shelves i already had the studs located.

snick absolutely loves her shelves! here's a pic of snick on one of her shelves --


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What a cool set-up she has!! She's not spoiled is she!!

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Bless you, thats exactly what I needed!!!! Methinks this will make a great B-day/Gotcha day gift for Mia. They're holding up well?

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What a cool set-up she has!! She's not spoiled is she!!
awww, thank you!

it all belongs to snick now, but was originally for snick and her brother mickey. mickey moved on to the rainbow bridge early last year.

the best gift for me has always been making my cat(s) happy by giving them gifts.
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"Bless you, thats exactly what I needed!!!! Methinks this will make a great B-day/Gotcha day gift for Mia. They're holding up well?"

yes, not a wobble or anything from any of the cat shelves so far. snick uses them almost every day.

these shelves are designed so that the brackets can be attached to studs that are the standard 16 inches on center apart. the shelves are carpeted over plywood, so they won't warp over time. they're handmade and very nicely done.

i bought a total of 7 shelves. it took me about 3 hours to attach the brackets to the shelves and put them all up. i found it helpful to use a level, to be sure the shelves weren't slanted on the walls.
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I want those petco ones and yes they are pricey
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Trying to optimize the space in my apartment by giving Mia upwards territory.
I think this is a wonderful idea, especially in smaller spaces

If you don't want to spend the premium on "cat" shelves, you can easily go the DIY route and simply buy brackets and shelving from your local hardware store, or check out IKEA's shelving solutions if there's a store near your area.

I put up a walkway for my cats last year. Both of them use it all the time, from lounging/napping, to playing.


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