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5 Ways to Make Your Fur-Baby an Upcycled Cat Bed

This article was originally published on One Green Planet.

As any feline lover will tell you, their cat is one of their best friends. They are always hanging out in their cat tree, looking out the window or sweetly lounging across your nap while you binge on the latest Netflix show. Even when they wander around the house in the middle of the night, purring really loudly, you still adore your cat unconditionally. Cat lovers will do anything to make sure their BFF is comfortable. So if you have some old materials lying around, you can easily make a cute upcycled cat bed for your furry friend to curl up in – take a look!

1. Suitcase Bed

These upcycled vintage pet beds from DIY Blondie are super adorable. You can easily pick up a suitcase from your local antique or thrift store and turn it into a cozy napping spot by adding a soft pillow on the inside and matching the fabric. Your cat will definitely appreciate it!

2. Computer Cat Bed 

That’s right! You can make a cat bed out of a computer. If you have an old computer monitor, separate the front from the back and remove all of the internal parts. Make sure to recycle whatever you can! Then attach the front and back together again, insert your feline’s favorite bedding and viola! A cat bed.

3. Rope Bowl Cat Bed 

Lia Griffth offers a great tutorial on how to make a cat bed out of cotton rope. You do need a sewing machine for this one, but it’s a very easy bed to make if you know how to sew! Plus, this cat bed is designed to be a bowl shape so your cat can really curl up inside if they want to.

4. Sweater Bed

Got an old winter sweater? You can easily turn a sweater into a cat bed! This way if you have a cat that loves to sit on your clothes, you might as well take an old sweater and make their very own bed. In this video, Ellie Jay gives a step by step tutorial by using a sweater, stuffing, and a sewing machine. When you’re away from the house, your cat will be able to be “with” you by curling up on to your sweater!

5. Cat Tent Bed

Cats are curious creatures and love to jump into just about anything they can. The Internet isn’t obsessed with cats and boxes for no reason. ErinsAnimals breaks down how to make a DIY cat tent and we have to be honest, this is super adorable. You can put a towel or a pillow inside and this cat tent can double as a playtime or a sleeping nook!

There are tons of ways to get creative and make the most of what you have on hand. And let’s be honest, it’s entirely possible that you could get a box from a recent order and your cat will prefer that over the cat bed you worked so hard on. Or maybe they would prefer thedog bed over their own cat bed. That’s a cat for you!

Regardless, making an upcycled cat bed is a great way to unleash your crafty side, all while making something for your furry friend.

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5 Fascinating Facts About Chickens to Celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day

May 4th is International Respect for Chickens Day. Launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005, International Respect for Chickens Day celebrates chickens throughout the world and protests their suffering and abuse in agribusiness, experimental research, cockfighting, and other cruelties. 

Celebrate chickens by learning these amazing facts:

  1. Chickens can distinguish between more than 100 faces of their own species.
  2. Chickens are real sleeping beauties—they experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which means they dream just like humans do.
  3. Chickens are just like human mothers who talk to their babies in the womb—a mother hen begins to teach calls to her chicks before they even hatch.
  4. Chickens communicate with more than 24 vocalizations, each with a distinct meaning, including warning their friends about different types of predators or letting their mothers know whether they’re comfortable.
  5. Chickens love to play and will run, jump and sunbathe.

“We urge everyone to do a compassionate ACTION for chickens, on May 4th or any time in the month of May,” says Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns which promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of chickens and other domestic fowl.

Happy chickens are cheerful birds,” says Karen Davis, who maintains a sanctuary for chickens in Machipongo, Virginia. “Chickens love the earth and sun, yet millions are sitting in filthy dark buildings on crippled legs breathing polluted air and suffering from debilitating diseases, as documented in my book Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs and in my Encyclopedia Britannica article Chickens: Their Life and Death in Farming Operations.”

For more information, visit United Poultry Concerns at www.upc-online.org.