When we first got Birdie she was so slender and graceful:
Now she’s just fat. For the last 2 years the vet has warned me to stop feeding her so much. We always leave dry food out in bowls, but she said we [I] need to stop doing that because Birdie has no shut off valve [I know the feeling]. But she kept giving me such a sad face when her bowl was empty, with a pitiful little meow, so my resolve dissolved and I started filling her bowl every day. However, now she’s just HUGE:
I picked her up last week [which I normally don’t do because I’m allergic and she doesn’t like it] and I couldn’t believe how heavy she was. OMFG! It was like hugging a 15 pound turkey. So 2 days ago I started taking the vet’s advice and giving her 1/4 cup of dry food each day. So far so good! But today I heard a huge crash. I ran out into the front hall and saw one of the downstairs hall cat platforms had ripped right out of the wall. Apparently when Birdie was leaping off it onto a higher platform it was the last straw for the 6 wall anchors and the whole shelf ripped right out:
Jim witnessed it and assured me Birdie wasn’t hurt, or even phased by it. But holy shit. So, Fatso’s definitely on a diet now! It appears the ends of the metal shelf brackets have slowly bent over time until they couldn’t support the weight of the cats anymore [Darwin uses the shelves too, and he weighs about 17 pounds]:
I grabbed a pair of black, heavy duty iron shelf brackets in the basement which I bought on Amazon last year. They’re weight rated for 200 pounds so I think we’re good! The original shelf was too narrow [6″] for the iron brackets so I went down to the workshop and used my table saw to cut a piece of painted plywood [which is actually my original stained glass work table, which I painted white a few weeks ago, but which didn’t work out!] to 8″ wide:
Old shelf in back, new shelf in front:
Then screwed the new brackets onto the shelf, and the shelf to the wall using new anchors and huge screws:
Just to be extra safe I also screwed a little metal L-bracket to the shelf and side-wall:
Jim was impressed with how sturdy the new shelf felt – it doesn’t have an ounce of give, so hopefully it will be able to withstand a few more years of Birdie and Darwin jumping onto and off of it.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas & Hanukkah, and I wish you all a very Happy New Year!