Paying It Forward: Building A Cathouse
HEY!!! Get your mind out of the gutter!! That's not LEGAL in Ohio!! Nope, this cathouse isn't some bordello, but a winter shelter for an outside feral cat that has kind of adopted us. We call him B.P. or Beepers, he calls us "Where's My Kibble??". He's the dad of the kittens we socialized this summer and placed for adoption. He's "fixed", so he won't be contributing to the local feline population any longer.
But winter is coming and if he's not ever going to be an indoor cat (and he won't, our inside cats took a vote and indicated BAD things would happen if we added even ONE more to their territory), then he's going to need a warm place to sleep at night.
Liz researched online and found plans for a do it yourself cat shelter, and as it turns out we already had almost all the supplies needed to get the job done. We even had all the tools, although I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a first rate carpenter by any means. I can do some fundamentals, but if you want pretty, well I'm NOT the right guy for the job! But fortunately, Beepers can't file any complaints about substandard housing, so I think we're safe.
Over the course of three weekend days (between real estate appointments of course), we managed to construct this contemporary style one bedroom with loft unit that includes a hardwood entry, linoleum floors and fully insulated walls, floor and ceiling! While not LEEDS certified, we think it's pretty green since most of the materials came from our "extras" stockpile of shingles, insulation and wood!
Now we're having a little trouble negotiating with our prospective tenant on terms. He doesn't seem to have any credit history, and we know he's fathered at least one family out of wedlock and refuses to pay kitten support (and that's just what we know about!), but we think we're going to let him slide and have easy occupancy and a reduced rate on rent!
A quote from our friend in North Carolina:
"I do not share my stories of paying it forward for recognition. I share them so that others might be inspired to do what they can, when they can, where they can. No more, no less." Tish Lloyd, North Carolina REALTOR®
Paying It Forward,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz