21 September 2010

Little Meow Place (Part I)

On retirement, EJ decided to buy a small house to share with the increasing number of cats.

This small house has a small backyard. Actually it is more of a side yard. It was a jungle!

Basic renovations were done before shifting in. The side yard was cleared and cemented. To prevent the cats from running out, a back door was fixed. Chain link fencing was also fixed above to prevent the cats from climbing up and out. 

The cats' room got wet whenever it rained as the yard was not covered. EJ bought plastic sheets normally used by the night market stall owners to cover the open netted yard. The plastic sheets gave some shade from the sun and the cats lined up to enjoy their afternoon siesta. Rain, however, still came in.

EJ knew the yard had to be covered permanently and more renovations had to be done. EJ was lucky to get a full-time job then. After saving for two years, EJ had enough for further renovations. EJ's mother and neighbour as well as classmate gave EJ their leftover tiles. These tiles though old were good tiles, some made in Italy with hand-drawn pictures.

By this time Kenggy had joined the gang. Moving between the yard and the room is through the window. Due to Kenggy's special condition, it was laborious for her as she do not have both front paws to land properly. It pained EJ to see little red spots on her nose which meant that that little nose got bumped constantly. EJ then decided to make a special 'mouse hole' for Kenggy where she could just waddle through to move to and fro the yard and room.

The bench on the left was made from discarded tropical hard wood, Chengal. EJ's brother called that bench the olympic podium.

To continue on Friday on how the 'mouse hole' fared with the cats. Click here for the continuation.


Linens and Royals said...

E.J I love the photo of the cats all streched out in a line. Look forward to episode 2 of the mouse hole story.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Lol)) the cats in a row sprawled out look hilarious! I won't bother to ask how??! Love the olympic podium! So much work has gone into this!!
Hey, whats wrong with sweet Kenggy's paws? Was it some kink of accident? Anyway- my best, Regina-

Ellen Whyte said...

Now that's a labour of love!

We love Luna said...

What a lovely place with cute friends there!
My mommy said it's a perfect dream, peaceful place with cats around, perfect! ;)
purrs and happy Tuesday

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We loved the "line up" too ~ it made us smile. And the olypic bench is awesome!

Al said...

Oh just look how happy they all are!

Gattina said...

I can only say that you are a real cat angel ! This picture where they are all lined up is soooo cute and so funny !

Old Kitty said...

Awwww sweet Kenggy!! Big big hugs to adorable Kenggy!

What a transformation though of the kitties' home!! It looks absolutely amazing - well done EJ and family - you are all STARS!!!

The kitties are looking so happy too - that olympic bench is the best!!!

Me and Charlie love the pic of all the kitties lined up asleep! So cute!

take care

Ashkarya said...

Oh goodness!! They're all sooo cute, lounging against the wall!

Kea said...

We love that shot, too, of everyone lined up and snoozing against the wall.

We think the world needs more people like EJ. Seriously.

Marg said...

What a great picture of all the cats lined up along the wall. EJ sure is a great person to do all this for those kitties. Those are very lucky kitties to have such a great home.
Have a great day.

lupie said...

EJ - please share more photos!
I need ideas!!!!

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

We're looking forward to the next episode. xxxxxxx

The Activist said...

lovely line up. Happy cats!

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are awaiting the next episode eagerly - how kind and loving to take such good care of Kenggy and all the other kitties.

Annie Bear said...

Yes, a labor of love. So much work and money but looks to be well worth it. Like the others, I love the second shot of all the kitties enjoying their afternoon naps, especially Tommy (I think that's him).

The bench and the tiles look wonderful. I just love how this was all done for these sweet kitties. I'm looking forward to Friday to see how this mouse hole helps dear Kenggy.

catsynth said...

Poor Kenggy. Glad you're finding a way to accomodate his needs. It sounds like a nice room you are building for all the cats, and they are certainly enjoying their nap.

I have to admit, I kind of like that first picture of the "side yard jungle" with the metal, concrete and vegetation. It looks like something I might photograph :)

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

What a blessing for these cats to be so well cared for. I love the picture of them all lined up.

Jim said...

Interesting post.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Cory Clark said...

...And?? Then what happened??! We're on pins & needles waiting to read the rest of the story!!

We think EJ is a kind, generous soul to save for so long to provide shelter for the kitties!! It takes a special kind of person to love a cat & you're one of them!! YAY!

Have a happy day!!

~Nico, Simon & JayJay :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, dear sweet Kenggy and her dear sweet nose. I hope the mouse hole helps. I'll just have to follow The Chair's blog to see how Kenggy and the others are. Captain Jack looks wonderful with his eyepatch.

Alberta, Canada

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love the photo of all the cats lined up and snoozing against the wall!
What a great room!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Great photo of the cat snoozers. I always feel sad for Kenggy and her poor little paws...or lack thereof.

Boom Nisanart said...

EJ, I'm so glad to get to know you by your blog. You make a good home and a loving family for all cats. I am so agree with Gattina you are the Cat Angle and we love your good soul

Purrs with love
Puddy and Boom

Sharon Wagner said...

The cats are lucky to have such a good helping hand and home. And they would be the first ones to say that they deserve to be treated like the kings and queens they are.


This is a wonderful renovation!
WE can't wait for Part II!


Brian said...

I agree with the others, looks like a whole lot of comfy cozy going in that one picture!

I am co-hosting a blog hop today, please hop by and pawticipate!


Very beautiful!

Janet said...

Oh the things we do for our pets! Very lucky kitties you have. I love the photo of them all stretched out by the wall.

Stopping by from the blog hop!

Drunk On Books And Adventure said...

I would never have guessed the yard looked like in the first picture when you bought it! It's so different from what I saw when I visited you. Well done! :)