It’s Official, No Longer Any Doubt, Lock Me Up and Throw Away the Key.

Yes, now that we’re a 6 cat family, I’ve gone and bought a humungus cat tree.  I know.  I am probably now spoken about as the local crazy cat lady.

Luckily we have a conservatory, complete with cat flap, so we don’t actually have to share our living space with it.  Although, it’s rather handsome in my opinion, so I wouldn’t be too upset but I suspect I would be swiftly voted down if I suggested any such thing.
Multi Cat TreeCats being cats, you will notice that it is void of life.


Ungrateful baggage number 1 in her usual spot.

Ginger Cat

Ungrateful sod number 2 busily cramming his bulk into a tiny cat bed and ignoring the luxury accommodation just installed.

The other two fully growns are not even in evidence.

However, it was much appreciated by the kittens when Mr. T. was putting it together in the lounge.  I have recently taken to bringing them upstairs for terrifying  socialisation sessions with the big cats and the dogs.  They can’t really manage to get into it on their own but, with a helping hand, they enjoyed being way above the dogs’ questing noses and, after batting the hanging toys around for at least an hour, had a little nap in the igloo shaped bed.


Yuki was quite taken with the feathered pom pom and, at times, unknowingly, wore it as a hat.

kitten with feather toy

She’s looking a bit more like a kitten and less like a gremlin x guinea pig now isn’t she?

Anyway, I’m off to put yet another online order in with Zooplus (the pet food supplier I use and very good they are too) as I seem to keep running out of cat food.

I wouldn’t mind, but I’m really a ‘dog person’.


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  1. #1 by poshbirdy on November 30, 2015 - 19:32

    She’s nothing like a gremlin now. Beautiful. So with the cat tree, you can grow some more cats?

    • #2 by tialys on November 30, 2015 - 19:51

      I’m definitely not going to water it 😉

  2. #3 by Tina Long on November 30, 2015 - 19:38

    Love this!

    • #4 by tialys on November 30, 2015 - 19:52

      You could have had a mini one!!

  3. #5 by jennystitched on November 30, 2015 - 19:43

    Oh gosh the kittens are soooo cute!

    • #6 by tialys on November 30, 2015 - 19:56

      My daughter is coming home from University at Christmas and she is beside herself thinking she’s missing all the kitten fun. Only another 3 weeks to go until she’s back though so I think she’ll still get her share of shredded legs and hands.

  4. #7 by sew2pro on November 30, 2015 - 19:52

    It’s the dogs I feel sorry for…

    Oh it sounds like heaven to me; a pussy-cat orphanage of which to be in charge (great excuse not to get much done). I sometimes wonder if the reason why my blood pressure is a bit on the low side is because I devote a proportion of my time to stroking the cat.

    It’ll be lovely to see Yuki and others grow and change.

    BTW, bear in mind that Christmas trees are also a great source of climbing-style exercise for kittens.

  5. #8 by tialys on November 30, 2015 - 19:59

    I am absolutely dreading putting the Christmas tree up this year. Perhaps we should just fling some lights and a bit of tinsel over the cat tree and be done.

  6. #9 by nanacathy2 on November 30, 2015 - 20:20

    That is just amazing! Almost an art installation!

    • #10 by tialys on December 2, 2015 - 09:58

      Perhaps I should spread a few dirty blankets, some cat vomit and a couple of dead mice around it and it could get exhibited at Tate Modern 😉

  7. #11 by on November 30, 2015 - 20:22

    Try putting a few tidbits on each shelf.

    • #12 by tialys on December 2, 2015 - 09:56

      They are starting to discover its delights now Viv. They especially like the fact that they can perch on the platforms and look straight through the semi-glazed door into the kitchen which they like to do to ensure I’m preparing their food.

  8. #13 by PendleStitches on November 30, 2015 - 20:25

    Oh those little furry faces. Sooooo cute.
    And I love the look ungrateful sod is giving you. Priceless!

    • #14 by tialys on December 2, 2015 - 09:55

      Yes, the fatter he is getting the more miserable his face – which says a lot. I have put him on a diet but the neighbour has a barn where he feeds the semi-ferals and, despite his bulk, the US manages to squeeze through the hole in the door and help himself.

      • #15 by PendleStitches on December 2, 2015 - 15:08

        I used to have two cats that, unbeknownst to me, would hop over the garden fence to the neighbours when I left for work in the morning. They’d help themselves to a bowl of food then curl up under the radiators until I came back home. Then they’d hop back over the radiator and pretend that they were poor, starving abandoned souls! Wee beasties!

      • #16 by tialys on December 3, 2015 - 20:37

        I bet the neighbours thought you were a wicked woman – starving your cats so that they had to go elsewhere. I had one that did the same thing – she slept in an old lady’s airing cupboard all day and only came home in the evenings -and I thought she’d been out exercising.

      • #17 by PendleStitches on December 9, 2015 - 19:19

        Hahaha! They are absolute minxes. I was mortified. The neighbour thought it was hilarious!

  9. #18 by sewchet on November 30, 2015 - 21:54

    Sooo typical of cats to ignore the cat tree – you can bet they won’t be able to resist the Christmas tree when it goes up though:)

    • #19 by tialys on December 2, 2015 - 09:53

      We can no longer hang chocolates on the Christmas tree but that’s mainly because of the dogs (and me!)

  10. #20 by katechiconi on November 30, 2015 - 22:30

    I tremble for those breakables on the shelf over the door on the right once the kittens are a bit older… I’m wondering how long it’s going to be before a dog discovers that lower level bed and makes a try for it!

    • #21 by tialys on December 2, 2015 - 09:53

      The dogs don’t generally have free access to the conservatory because that’s where we feed the cats and it would be the work of seconds to empty the dishes if a dog got in there. It’s different in the summer when we have the doors open but then I feed the cats in the kitchen – under supervision!

  11. #22 by Frivolous Monsters on November 30, 2015 - 22:38

    They will get used to it and soon they won’t be able to do without. A word to the wise though: you may want to move your ceramic chicken!

    • #23 by tialys on December 2, 2015 - 09:49

      Spoken by a man with bitter experience. I am being a bit cavalier at the moment as none have yet reached the top – but they will and I’ll be ready for them.

      • #24 by Frivolous Monsters on December 2, 2015 - 14:04

        My Dad did lose a valuable (for sentimental reasons) family vase after we put found peacock feathers in it after a trip to the park!

      • #25 by tialys on December 3, 2015 - 20:40

        Oops! They do say that peacock feathers in the house are unlucky so you may have proved that particular superstition right.

  12. #26 by jendavismiller on November 30, 2015 - 23:43

    Funny you mentioned flinging of lights over the installation….I was thinking how perfectly it could be decorated for the seasons. Cats are sensitive about such things you know. Did you imbue the tree with catnip? A little incentive, as it were. Little Yuki and sister (brother?) are just adorable! Your daughter will be in kitty to play with them all. Am still laughing at U.B. and U.S.!

    • #27 by tialys on December 2, 2015 - 09:47

      Funnily enough, UB was the first to venture up into the tree and nabbed the cosiest, covered in bed for herself. US has still not deigned to venture anywhere near it – I might try a touch of catnip and drug him into submission 😉

  13. #28 by jendavismiller on November 30, 2015 - 23:44

    oops *…in kitty heaven…*

  14. #29 by juldwall on December 2, 2015 - 03:20

    Have to agree with Frivolous Monsters comment above, the first thing I saw was the lovely ceramics on the sill. That is first place all of my cats head for, the highest spot in the house and if something is up there, well, it just takes a bit of kitty effort and determination – the shelf is cleared! I have spent most of my life trying to stay one step ahead of curious cats! You’d think I would be better at it.

    • #30 by tialys on December 2, 2015 - 09:46

      You are probably right. None of them have ventured up to the top basket yet but, when they do, I expect there’ll be at least some paw swiping going on. Even the garlic is ceramic! I’d better do some re-jigging of objects.

  15. #31 by Dartmoor Yarns on December 2, 2015 - 11:42

    Ha ha! I bought Hicks a new bed a year ago and he’s still ignoring it! Hope you have more success with the tree.

    • #32 by tialys on December 3, 2015 - 20:41

      I must say that my dogs prefer the ‘human’ furniture to their own but they do retire to their own beds on occasion too.

  16. #33 by Fred the Needle on December 4, 2015 - 04:19

    I wish they made playgrounds for adults, the cat centre looks a lot of fun!

    • #34 by tialys on December 7, 2015 - 16:49

      I’ve had a go but I got a bit dizzy up at the top 😉

  17. #35 by Thimberlina on December 4, 2015 - 18:42

    Crikey! That must have cost a small fortune! I think you should buy some small leads and sit the cats in position a short time so they know where they should be! Very cute though, the little ones are certainly coming on 🙂

    • #36 by Thimberlina on December 4, 2015 - 18:43

      PS have they started jumping off from the top and trying to catch the garlic, lol

      • #37 by tialys on December 7, 2015 - 16:49

        That’s ceramic too!

  18. #38 by mommermom on December 28, 2015 - 17:43

    Cats and sewing! A woman after my own heart. ♡

    • #39 by tialys on December 28, 2015 - 18:20

      Even though they don’t always mix – although cats and knitting is worse 🙂

  19. #40 by Born To Organize on December 24, 2016 - 18:11

    That is an impressive cat tree. I’ve had mixed luck with those over the years, but learned to coax the older cats by sprinkling a bit of cat nip (nepeta) on the various perches. My Lindy loves hers (she has two), but they’re only hip height, and one looks very much like yours.

    • #41 by tialys on December 28, 2016 - 10:56

      It’s so well used now that it’s started to look a bit tatty in places.

      • #42 by Born To Organize on December 31, 2016 - 03:33

        It’s the sign of a well-loved cat tree. My husband replaced the sisal rope on one of ours one year, but the materials were expensive. That really surprised me. It’s just rope!

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