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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 338

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DIY cat enclosure

The hills of Novato are safer now that the new tabby command center/cat enclosure is fully operational. Cats can rest easier knowing that Tabs the cat is on patrol. :)

Here’s a closer look at the construction and the materials to build one for your feline employer.

DIY cat enclosure

DIY cat enclosure

Materials

    Total cost was around $50, not including the main tools, which you may already have access to. In addition to a saw (El Hub uses a circular saw, but he says that a regular hand saw works too), you’ll also need a drill for this, a pair of gloves, safety glasses, a measuring tape and the following:

  • 2 in. x 2 in. boards (we used pine, but cedar and redwood are also great) for the main frame.
  • 1 in. x 6 in. boards for the walkways.
  • Enough 2-1/2 in. phillips head outdoor rated wood screws to attach the 2 in. x 2 in. boards (a box of 50 should be more than enough for this enclosure)
  • Staple gun
  • Glue gun
  • A section of remnant carpeting (you can usually find a remnant carpet store in your town that will sell small rolls of 5 or 6 feet of leftover carpeting for $15-$20. You could also use a soft fabric from a fabric store or artificial grass.
  • A box cutter for the carpet
  • A roll of 1 in. chicken wire (also called poultry netting)
  • Wire cutters (for the chicken wire)
  • Wood glue (not necessary, but El Hub says it helps to reinforce the screws)
  • A gate latch and 2 door hinges

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 337

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Sundays with Tabs the Cat: Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot

Dear Tabby is written by Tabs the cat, widely considered “the world’s first plus-size kitty supermodel.” Founded in mid 2012, it has quickly become the most popular cat advice column on earth — known for its fresh, feline perspective on lifestyle, fashion and style issues affecting cats and humans.

Handling an unwanted gift with grace

Dear Tabby

DEAR TABBY: OK, I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but frankly, I’m lost. Tabby, my assistant — good chap, calm temperament — well, his parents sent over a gift for the office the other day. Yeah, it’s the ugliest cat tower I’ve ever seen.

Very nice gesture, yes, but not only does it seem inappropriate coming from the parents of my employee, but aesthetically it’s — well, it’s just not my style.

Tabby, at your office, have you ever had to deal with anything like this? This is a first for me, and I’m not sure how to proceed.

– Appalled in Appalachia

A little tact goes a long way

A little tact goes a long way

DEAR APPALLED: Funny you mention this because, yes, I have had something very similar happen to me before, but it was a piece of exercise equipment.

I’m very close to my assistant’s parents, and one year they gave me one of those long sticks with the large green ball at the end of the string. You know the ones I’m talking about.

So I’m exercising with it one day, and bam! — the ball smacks me square in the face.

I’m like, is this thing broken? I don’t know, but I got rid of it fast.

The next day my employee asked me where it went, but I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, so I just purred and played dumb.

The truth is, I batted it under the couch.

Tact is a tough concept for a lot of cats, and my collar goes off to you for taking it into consideration. I think this is one of those situations, though, that could easily escalate if it isn’t handled properly.

The problem with a cat tower, of course, is that you can’t just brush it under the rug. Literally. It’s huge. It’s there. So you have to deal with it head on.

You’re going to have to tell your assistant something like, you know, I like the cat tower, but I just can’t have it in the office, and then make something up. Tell her that there’s a clause in the contract you have with your interior decorator that expressly prohibits beige cat towers. That way you protect her feelings while getting rid of the tower at the same time.
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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 336

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The Tabs the Cat Guide to Defending Your Space

I was recently tapped by a local blogger to offer my expertise on topics outside the fields of fashion and beauty.

Since my fans have been clamoring for lifestyle advice, and I’ve been trying to build my digital empire, I’ve decided to embark upon a series of how-to guides for cats.

Now, these are not just your average “For Dummies” guides. I’ll be delving into the details and covering crucial cat knowledge acquired over a lifetime of kitty modeling, and today we’ll be starting with one of the most important challenges facing cats: defending against the enemy.

I’d be remiss right now if I did not start this guide with my favorite component of territorial defense: the accessories.

Get the gear

Build your own cat leash

What’s that saying: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”? In order to keep my assistants (plural) busy, I commissioned my male assistant/masseuse/personal trainer to fashion a custom couture harness for me, so that I could patrol the neighborhood in comfort and style.

This particular harness was constructed with my husky frame in mind using nylon webbing, hook & loop Velcro-style tape strips and a craft glue gun, but I’ve also seen some exceptional pre-made gear at Petco, etc.

Build your own cat leash

Build your own cat leash

Build your own cat leash

Look for long sight lines

Long sight lines

One of the most important aspects of defending your space is the ability to see the enemy coming from afar. While patrolling, I always choose places with long sight lines that allow me to see other cats and intruders far away. This gives me time to formulate a strategic plan in the event of an encounter.

Long sight lines
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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 335

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Tabs the Cat, The Theory of Kitty Modeling

Tabs the Cat, The Theory of Kitty Modeling

Tabs is so totally stoked about the Oscars tonight! You know how he’s big into movies and Hollywood, right? Well, everyone who’s anyone wants to work with him. In fact, he’s currently the hottest plus-size tabby in the feline film industry.

He’s actually working on a number of very promising projects related to some of the Best Picture Academy Award nominees.

No question about it, all of these films are sure to be blockbuster smash hits, and not just among feline moviegoers. :)

Tabs the Cat, The Imitation Cat

Tabs the Cat, The Imitation Cat

Tabs the Cat, Kittenhood

Tabs the Cat, Kittenhood


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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 334

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Charlie (Prince's favorite cat)

Charlie (Prince’s favorite cat)

Tabs has been trying to trace his lineage lately, so we’ve been doing some research into his kitty family tree. We found out that he’s closely tied to some very famous feline entertainers, which isn’t a big surprise… After all, he’s an entertainer himself. Celebrity runs in his veins. It’s literally in his DNA.

Pleased with the initial results of his genealogical investigation, Tabs commissioned the following art portraits.

I have no idea where we’re going to hang these… :)

Peanut (Joan Jett's guitar instructor)

Peanut (Joan Jett’s guitar instructor)

Lester (toured with Buddy Holly)

Lester (toured with Buddy Holly)


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