Friday, January 13, 2012

5 Ways To Freshen Up Your (Cat's) Space For $25 Or Less

I have partnered with Apartment Guide to serve as an Official Apartment Guide Pet Blogger! As an official blogger, I will be sharing articles filled with tips for living on a budget. This month our topic will focus on ideas for pet-friendly decorating on a dime. Whether you're living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers how-to tips for making the most of a space for you and your pet on a budget.

January is my least favorite month of the year, because it's cold and boring and there's not much to look forward to until nature begins to bloom again in the spring. With that in mind, when Apartment Guide asked me to create a "How-To Guide For Living on a Budget," I decided to pick some easy items that would help brighten up a dreary indoor space, while there's still snow on the ground.

I really wanted to find cool, interesting pieces that came in under the $25 price point, and the theme for my collection was ultimately inspired by a treat jar that looks like a tree stump. Kind of an unusual cat product for sure, but I love that it looks more like a cookie jar for humans, which could easily blend into your home without any of the "meow" motifs you're likely to find on feline decor.

1. ORE Pet Woodland Placemat :// $4.99,
Charlie gobbles down his food as fast as he can, and it's not unusual to find remnants of his dinner everywhere, his head and the floor, included. This cute mat, which also matches the treat jar (there's a matching bowl, too), wipes up easily, camouflages crumbs, and will go a long way in alerting your guests to the earthy cat lover you really are.

2. Mee-U Organic Catnip Toy :// $8.00, GEORGE
Every kitty deserves a catnip treat, but why stick to boring designs when there's a whole world of cool nip out there to discover? For under $10, you can go to sites like Etsy, and find catnip in every design under the sun, from sushi to severed heads. In keeping with my theme of bringing the outdoors inside, I chose this cute little catnip with a goldfinch illustration on the front and a sweet passage from a vintage children's book on the back (The kitten said, "Mee-u," and rubbed against his foot. One thing is certain. We ought to go home and it looks to me as though the kitten has made up its mind to go wherever we go).

3. ORE Pet Woodland Pet Treat Jar :// $21.99,

Do your cats enjoy munching on household plants? If you don't fully appreciate their gratis pruning services, cat grass is a wonderful, safe alternative to keep your kitty satisfied and add a little extra greenery to your home. You can buy seeds to plant yourself like the like ones shown, or pick up a plant up from your local pet store for under 5 bucks a pop.

Finding a stylish bed for $25 or less was a challenge, which is why I was excited to find these great duvet covers from Molly Meow. In addition to being an inexpensive way to give new life to a cat bed you already have, you can also improvise by stuffing it with blankets and clothes from around the house (which is what your cats are probably already sleeping on anyway). The duvet covers come in four cool colors and patterns, including the bright green shade shown, and are a simple way to freshen up tired decor without shelling out a ton of cash.


If you’re ready for a whole new space or are looking to move, Apartment Guide has the photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you find the perfect pet-friendly apartment community. Bringing home a new pet? Use these ideas from Apartment Guide for how to decorate your apartment or home to make your pet feel at home. They also a guide for essential pet items to buy to keep your pet happy and healthy.

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Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

Concatulations to you! That is fabulous!! I think your ideas were great and I like that you kept the price-point to $25 or less. Great job!

Catsparella said...

Thanks so much, Caren!! I really appreciate your feedback! :)

My Cat Boys said...

Ooh the woodland set is adorable! My apt could use a refresher.

Catsparella said...

@Cree's Cats It's cute, right?? Stay tuned, because next week I'll be posting my picks for cat-themed decor for peeps !

betty silvaney said...

Hi, just want to say I bought the Pet Greens garden for my cats as a Christmas treat and they love it. I also like the idea that you can grow the greens right in the package it comes in. Saves looking for something to grow it in. I did put 2 pkgs in a sturdy non tipable bowl however so they wouldn't knock it over and then play with the dirt , which one of the stinkers likes to do.

Dawn Comford-Wilcox said...

Thank you so much for the suggestions. I am loving the mat and the duvet cover! Nice to see someone appreciates cats!:)

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