This cat bed is perfect for a kitty who loves to sit on the back of chairs or the couch. It is super easy to make, makes your cat comfy, and protects your furniture!
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If you’ve ever been privileged enough to be adopted by a cat you know one thing, they often like to lay in the most peculiar places.
The foster cat we currently have loves to lay on papers. She doesn’t care if they are school papers, magazines, coupons, or junk mail, if there is a paper she’ll lay on it. Our kitty Catniss is famous for laying smack in the middle of where ever you are trying to walk, hallways, sidewalks, if she sees you coming she plops right down.
My most normal cat (and I use that term very loosely) is a lap kitty, but when he is not on a lap he loves the backs of chairs and the couch, which is a pretty typical place kitties choose to lay.
When I was growing up our cat had a chair that she perched on all the time, it was constantly covered with her hair and eventually the fabric started to wear out. My mom would lay hand towels on the cat’s spot to help protect the furniture.
If you’ve ever had a cat you know its easier to figure out a way to work around them then try to change their behavior… because cats are stubborn little critters who know what they want!
The other day there was a pillow on the back of the chair and Seeim kitty was attempting to lay on it. ( He got his name when he arrived on our back porch one day. Daniel was about 2 and kept saying, “I want to see (h)im kitty, I want to see im kitty” so that’s what we’ve called him since then) The pillow was wobbly and fell down, he looked at it then just laid down on the back of the chair.
I had an idea! Why not combine my mom’s idea of the towel to protect the chair with a nice cushion to make my sweet spoiled kitty more comfortable in his own custom cat bed!
It is super easy to make and he loves it! (So do the other kitties, but he’s not sharing! I may have to make more!)
This is a really simple sewing project, great for beginners! You can use a machine or sew by hand, either way works!
Here’s what you’ll need for this chair back cat bed-
1- Large Hand Towel
1- Chair Cushion or Throw Pillow
Thread that matches your pillow & towel
Rice (uncooked) — about 4 cups
The first thing you’ll need to do is sew two long pouches on either end of the towel. I used the trim on the towel as a guide for how far to fold it up, if you don’t have trim, just fold it about 2-3 inches. Pin it into place.
Sew it along one end and then along the long side, creating a nice long pouch. Repeat on the other end of the towel.
Once you’ve got both of your pouches sewn it’s time to fill them. Each of mine took a little less than 2 cups of rice to fill. Using a measuring cup with a spout and/or a funnel makes it a lot easier.
Fill it to about 2 inches from the end, don’t fill it completely. You want room to be able to sew it closed and give the rice a little room to settle.
Now stitch the ends of your pouches shut.
Now if you’re using a chair cushion it’s time to trim off the ties and tags.
Just carefully trim that nonsense off, you don’t need it.
Lay your towel flat and center your cushion on top of it.
Now flip the whole thing over, so your towel is laying across your cushion. We’ll be tacking the towel down to the cushion with a few stitches, I did three across both ends and one in the middle. Use pins to hold in place where you want to stitch. (I’ve marked mine with a little white papers so you can see where I stitched)
Now take your needle and thread and push through the towel into the cushion and then back up, tacking the towel and cushion together. Stitch 5-6 times to get it nice and secure then tie off your thread.
That will attach everything together nicely.
Keep repeating that process until you have your towel and cushion firmly attached together. Now you can put your cat bed across your chair or couch!
Then you can just add a cat! ( a spoiled rotten cat!)
This isn’t the first project we’ve made for our kitties, they’ve had homemade toys, kitty houses and even homemade treats! These spoiled little felines are a big part of our family!
One of the ways we let them know they are special is by giving them wet food. They each get one a day and boy do they let us know when it is time!
When our sweet little stray kitty came into our lives she was beside herself when we gave her Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® for the first time, she purred the whole time she was eating it! We’re currently fostering this kitty for a local shelter until we can find her a home. When you see how many animals need help, and how much rescue organizations do it is great to know that companies like Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® give back. To date Rachel’s Rescue has donated over $14 million dollars to animal rescue.
Thompson the rescue cat appreciates it too!
You can find Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® at most grocery and big box stores. (I get mine at our local Giant Eagle) Just find the pet food isle!
My cats also love Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Zero Grain dry food. Seeim in particular is crazy picky so we had to try several foods until we found one he liked. The Zero Grain Chicken & Potato recipe is his favorite! We feed all our pets grain free food, Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® has US farm raised chicken as the first ingredient and being able to pick up the cat’s food while I’m getting groceries is very convenient!
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What is your favorite way to spoil your kitty?Do they need a cat bed for the back of a chair? Are they wet or dry food fans?