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12/6/11 11:02 A

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Let us know how it turns out.

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12/6/11 10:04 A

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Wow, I got a two-fer on this post! Thanks for all of the suggestions, everyone!

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12/4/11 11:03 P

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If you make floor pillows (easy to do, even if you're not used to sewing), you'll need thick upholstery fabric and stuffing that won't crumble or rot (no packing peanuts or real beans).

Have you thought of something that folds up like directors' chairs? The fabric seat & back are replaceable (just in case they rip), and both the wood frames and fabric come in different colors.
When you're not around, fold up the chairs and store them away from the felines.

You could probably store eight folded-up chairs in the same space as one regular-sized upholstered chair, so that would be enough seating when entertaining guests, and leave you with more room on days when you're just by yourselves.

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12/4/11 12:20 P

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Sorry to hear about the cats being naughty and not always using their litter boxes all the times.

I use to work in a vet's office. I'll just give you a few idea's and see if any of them help.

Washing out the cat litter bins may still leave a urine smell hidden to us, but it is in the plastic, they may smell it. See if you can find an enzyme odor eliminator. One that is fairly cheap is called GTP. It is in a spray bottle 32oz and it costs about $2.00. This product is 100% bio friendly and non toxic.

I would say you need at least one more cat litter bin if not two. Double the amount of bins for cats. Some animals don't care, some do. My daughter has two cats they have two bins they are fine. I had a cat that would pee in one and poo in the other and she had three bins because she was a huge fuss pot and if things were not just right she would poo just outside the bin!!!! Place the bins in different places.

Some cats don't like certain cat litter, check out the different brands and see if they are cleaner with a different brand. If you see them using any other area than the bins spray them with a water bottle. Lift them and place them in a litter bin.

Reward the good behaviour and give a little treat. Make sure the cats have some toys and are played with if they like that sort of thing.

Floor pillows can be made really cheap. Jo-Ann Fabrics sells foam and see if you can get any trimmings then get some fabric and make some floor cushions. Do a hand back stitch if you do not have a sewing machine. Good luck!!!

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12/4/11 11:25 A

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ouch - I know the bad results of having cats in the house. I only had one at a time... but the last one was sick for quite a while and it was not quicky evident... but WHEN I REALIZED it... I had to use bleach on the cement and 12 " up on the wall board....... left it like that for nearly two months and reapplied it frequently. Then new carpet "remenant' ....without pad for about another 6 months before I was daring enough to put in new flooring in that one room.. I have not had an indoor cat since. sorry to say - but I had had ENOUGH.

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12/4/11 11:06 A

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Viv, great idea about the outdoor cushions! you are full of great ideas today!

Birgit, part of our problem is that we live in a 600 square foot apartment. It's really too small to have 2 cats and making them outdoor doesn't work as we are on the second floor with no access to the outside. Fortunately, we have tile floors. Once we get rid of the couch, the BF is going to remove the grout underneath the couch and re-grout, which should hopefully fix the problem. Also, we are moving to a much larger space in a few months, which should also help. I kind of don't blame the cats... the apartment is so small and we have 2 litter boxes - even with me cleaning the litter boxes 2x per day, the whole place smells like a litter box.

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12/4/11 11:00 A

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I don't know anything about making floor cushions but I would suggest making the cats outdoor only or at least limiting them to a laundry room with hard floors and a litter box. I've learned this from my experience as an animal behavior consultant. Cats that have started housesoiling will use ANYTHING that is soft, incl. cushions, carpeting and any furniture (like beds). The only way to get rid of the smell then is to tear out the carpet, drywall and often the studs of the house. Even the enzyme cleaners made for removing cat urine followed up with steam cleaning don't work perfectly and washing things in the washing machine will only get your washer to reek forever.
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12/4/11 9:56 A

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Maybe you could scout around and get those lounge chair cushions, like for outdoor furniture, which can be waterproof, etc. This would be the time to get them on sale or closeout somewhere. If they are not in your color palette, you could make BIG PILLOW CASES..to slip them into. Something that you could take off and wash.. (?)



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12/4/11 9:48 A

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Thanks, Viv! We looked into bean bag chairs as well. We are probably going to go with 2 bean bag chairs and 2 big rectangular floor cushions.

Good point about the fabric on a duvet not being sturdy enough.

I can probably sew the cushions myself but the bean bags are beyond my sewing / crafting ability.

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12/4/11 9:31 A

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Bean bag chairs..........they were all the rage 'back in the day'. I have seen them in some stores, and they are not as pricey as what you obviously are looking at. I don't think duvet covers would be such a good idea as they might not be sturdy enough. You might look at some canvas or 'sunscreen' material or corduroy and stuff with packing peanuts until you get the fill that you desire. They can be very colorful and functional as well.

a QUICK search found this one: www.budget101.com/crafts/fcp2.htm

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12/4/11 9:14 A

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Hi Frugalists!

The BF and I want to get rid of our couch and replace it with floor pillows. We have two cats who have completely torn up the couch with their scratching and who use it as a 3rd litter box. We don't want to get another couch b/c we fear they will ruin it just like they ruined the current one.

We went to an outdoor performance at the symphony on Friday and they had these "Fatboy" cushions on the lawn for everyone to sit on. They were totally awesome, but when we looked them up online, we found they cost $350 each!!! Ouch!

Does anyone have any suggestions for DIY floor cushions? I am not very good at sewing, but I thought I might be able to buy a few duvet covers and stuff them with cotton batting or packing peanuts.

What do you guys think?

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