I have a fairly small house (Ok, it's really small) Not an apartment but still very small. I also have a cat, who loves exploring every bit of my small house. He loves the basement.
The basement is unfinished, so it has a lot of stuff just laying around until I can put things on shelves. The shelves, however, are also just laying around, they also have things on them.
Important things: As you may have already noticed, this is a recipe for disaster. Cat jumps on a shelf, important breakable stuff falls down, breakable stuff breaks. This makes the cat happy, but me... Not so much.
My cat has loads of things to lay on upstairs, including a large cat post positioned in front of the living room windows, an arsenal of cardboard boxes strategically placed on shelves and desks, and couches, and chairs, and beds. However, downstairs is a cat paradise.
Shelves and other in abstract positions, loads of raised up (and unsafe now blocked off) places to lay, and of course... Drum roll please... The nice warm vibrating top of our front load dryer.
The only problem with this is that he has only the small upstairs to adventure in when contractors are here. (which is quite frequent as I am trying to get my basement finished.) I don't want my cat going downstairs while, or even after, the contractors are here.
The reason I don't want him going down after the contractors are here is because there is loads of wood, power tools, boxes of nails, screws, other sharp and dangerous miscellaneous items... Or, at least, there is until I clean the basement.
We all know the saying, curiosity killed the cat. How do I increase the space he has upstairs so he doesn't want to go downstairs to sleep and play?
Am I coming at it from the right direction, or is there some other way I should be handling this problem?
Either way, I would like him to have more space upstairs, because even with the cat post and cardboard boxes, he still doesn't really have much. I don't really want to pay to much money on this, as I need some money for finishing my basement too. What are some ways of doing this? I want a good long-term solution.
Also, I forgot to mention, my cat is a little overweight, so whatever it is, it needs to be sturdy! Thanks for the help, sorry if I wrote too much.