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Monday, June 6, 2011

The Cat's outta the bag and onto the front porch!

When I bought my house, I offered to take care of the feral cats that the previous owner fed on the front porch.  There are three of them...Lizard, Cammy and Big Boy...I didn't pick the names!!  They are really sweet and I love taking care of them.  We have a food and water bowl on the front porch under a bench which works fine until it rains!  Then the food bowl fills up with water....not so great.  And on top of that little fiasco, the cat food was inside a cabinet in the if we opened the door to go out and forgot to feed the crew, we had to turn around, get the food and turn around again and bring the cup back in.....Seriously, my life is way too busy for these shenanigans!!!!  I needed a solution to the water in the food bowl problem as well as one to make feeding the troop more convenient.  What to do, oh, what to do?

Here's what I came up with.  For $1, yup just one dollar, I purchased a vinyl, blue and white checked table cloth at a yard sale.  I immediately thought....hhmmmmm...this could be a water proof cover for the cat food. Slap it on a cushion, rain doesn't get through, cat food stays dry and the moocher cats are happy!   The only problem was that it looked a bit like a country picnic ho-down affair so.... I tried it on the diagonal, (better) and used some leftover white denim for the sides of the cushion (better still) and added a little orange flange for a pop of color (my front door is orange) and I think the result is kinda cute.  What do you think?

No, that is NOT one of the cats!!!  That is Max, with a terrible hair cut. :o(

On to the cat food storage problem.....On a trip to the flea market, I found a vintage diaper pail that had some really cute lines.

I painted it navy with spray paint specifically meant for plastic.  Then added stripes in a brighter blue, epoxied pieces of orange folder over the ventilation holes and voila.....instanteously convenient cat food storage that is beside the cat food cool is that?????  Very.

All in all, a big improvement to the front porch and the convenience of kitty care.  Life is good.

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