Battle of the kitty tunnels
Last updated May 9th, 2019
When we completed our catio is was a 12’x10′ area with ramps, perches and a cascading vine surrounding it. We wanted to add more ‘places of interest’ for the cats to explore without modifying the layout completely and doing minimal adjustments to the catio.
Building cat tunnels is the perfect solution to extending an existing structure. We added a ground tunnel which eventually became the ‘catnip tunnel’ where cat-safe nasturtiums and catnip form a canopy of shade in late Summer. You can imagine this is the most sought-after hangout!
Our elevated tunnel leads to two other secondary catios and meets at the ‘central station’ which is off limits to the humans. Anyway, we now know that what happens in the central station, stays in the central station!
Sly Pie waits at his ‘pretend’ ticket booth at the entrance to the ground tunnel and he takes his job quite seriously. Anyone who tries to pass without paying the fee gets a powder puff.
But the tables are turned on the bridge tunnel. Will Sly be allowed to pass?
All cats have their favorite spots that they take ownership of at certain times of the day. What’s your favorite kitty spots and where do they like to hang out for some ‘me’ time?
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Aw… go on, let him pass!
Great blog 🙂
Thank you! George was nice, he let him pass eventually 🙂
very cool – i wish i could explore that tunnel! WOOF
Heh heh the neighbour’s dog sometimes comes into our yard and watches kitties in their tunnels. I wonder what he’s thinking MOL
What a great outdoor space you have Sly and George! we’re sure you will finally agree about that tunnel, but taking time to admire your lovely garden is good too..
Thank you! We timeshare our tunnels now, that is how we keep the peace 🙂
Wow, that’s a really cool tunnel. We’d like to have a battle in there too.
Thanks Island Cats! It”s also our favourite spot for bug hunting ????
We just hopped over here from BlogPaws. What a terrific and cute blog you have. We are very happy to meet you. That tunnel is terrific, especially as that appears to be catnip growing right next to that tunnel! It appears as if you have outdone us eight with nine kitties. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
Thank you so much! Yes it’s the catnip tunnel 🙂
Likewise very happy to meet you. Love your poetry and your content. Oh and by the way, little Sly here is actually our tenth addition (oops, not supposed to have happened) but it’s all the husband’s doing MOL! 😀
A pawshake from Earl Grey, Sarabi, Mr Jack, George, Scout, Jimmy Fancy Feet, Charlie, two bros Ollie and Baggy and lastly, Sly Pie
Such cuties, maybe you could switch places. My Joanie charges me a toll to go past her on the stairs 🙂
Thank you 🙂 and Joanie sounds like quite the character.
This is too cute! Love his ticket taker booth! 🙂
Thank you! For some reason he loves to guard the entrance all the time at the ‘ticket booth’ MOL
Sometimes Sophie will sit inside the house and block Olive from coming back inside from the catio. Cats! 🙂
Heh heh you made me MOL with this one. Scout, our tortie, tries the same thing with Mr Jack, but then he wrestles her down, she screams blue murder, then they groom and kiss and make up and all is good 😀
Oh, I wish Sophie and Olive would kiss and make up. I don’t ever see that happening in their future!
Oh dear, yes we have one of those relationships here too. George and Charlie, agree to disagree (sort of) and just stay out of each other’s way!
Awesome blog! i check out your website every other day, it is my source for all my kitty needs.
Thanks so much Isha for dropping by. You made me smile 🙂
Hehe, Shadow is new to the brofur thing, but already he is finding a way to keep his favorite sniffing spots.
Sarah, Shadow, and Stealth
I hopped over to your blog, glad to hear he is taking those baby steps, or rather baby paws, towards bonding with his new brofur 🙂
He is one lucky adventure kitty
I love your catio! I’m building one myself, and while I’m not sure it will feature a tunnel like this, your pictures tempt me. Looks like so much fun!
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Thank you! The tunnels were not part of our first build. Each year we keep adding something to it and this summer, we decided on the tunnels. It”s really great fun for them and your kitty Popoki, is going to love it. I loved reading her story.
This is quite the decision! Maybe the two of you should just sit right there and play a game together. That would be fun, wouldn’t it? Then again, if he does have catnip, it would be a good trade.
They sat there for a long time. But Sly’s stoicism won in the end because George gave up and let him through MOL
Cats love tunnels. If I had my own yard, I’d build long tunnels like that for mine, covered with thin blankets because cats love dark, secret places. Unfortunately, I live in an apartment, and the yard isn’t just mine.
That looks like such fun. Hope Dad does ours this year
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