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 could 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, chairs, and beds. However, downstairs is a cat paradise.
Shelves and other things are in abstract positions, loads of raised up places to lay (with unsafe ones now blocked off), 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.