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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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LYFE Kitchen To Open Second Location In LA

LYFE (short for Love Your Food Everyday) a health-focused fast-casual concept founded by a former McDonald’s executive, is scheduled to open a second location in Los Angeles. LYFE features a menu of entrees that contain fewer than 600 calories each and are reduced in sodium, plus some organic and sustainably raised ingredients.

As in Palo Alto location, the Los Angeles restaurant will be built as sustainably as possible, using recycled materials and renewable or responsibly managed resources. The LA location will be located in Culver City and is expected to open by late 2012 or early 2013.

Seems like LYFE is a perfect fit for LA living!