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How I Made A Room To Share With My Cat

Updated on September 8, 2014

Tip: Your Cat's Favorite Room Is Yours, So Share It!

If you have one or more cats (I have 3) that spend the greater part of their lives living with you indoors, you might have wondered if making a room of their own, with all the amenities, would be a good idea. I decided to share a room with my cats, and let me tell you why.

Since few of us have homes large enough, or a room to spare, and since most cats tend to want to be where we are, this I would think would be a waste of space and effort. In most cases, their own room would get little use. Instead, I have found that making a room specifically that you share with your cats works best.

My Sophie Photo By SophieOlson

I have some ideas that will help you and your cat share that space happily.

My Blanche
My Blanche

Cat Rule: My Room Is Your Room

Choose Your Cat Room Wisely

Cats have rules, and one that is hard and fast is that wherever you spend most of your time, sitting or lying down, that is the place they like to be. So, in choosing the room, or area, that you want to become their main hangout, keep that in mind.

Blanche Giving Me The Look by SophieOlson

Thinking an isolated area off the laundry room or in the corner of the basement or attic will work is not an option, unless you happened to prefer that place yourself. (In that case, go for it!)

I share a house, and outside of the commonly shared rooms, I have 2 rooms that are "mine". I choose the smaller of the two for my bedroom, and the larger for my "play/work" room. I made that choice after taking both my needs and my cats needs and habits into consideration. This is my checklist for the cats:

  • A window with a sash to sit on to watch the birdies!
  • Room enough for a comfy chair to nap on!
  • A large enough closet for a litter box, with privacy if you please!
  • Provides enough space for several kinds of cat napping options including your chair that you will provide them (it's a cat thing)

If you can fill those requirements, besides your own, which in my case included room for a TV, the computer desk that I am chained to, a few storage type cabinets and room in the closet for tools/junk, then you have a perfect candidate for a cat room!


Grettie
Grettie

Décor For The Cat Room

No, Not Kitty Pictures On The Walls

Once you have satisfied your cat's basic needs in the room, you can add to their happiness, which is the main reason for your existence, with carefully chosen items of cat d├ęcor.

My Greta by SophieOlson

Depending on the amount of space you have, and your Masters...I mean your cats preferences, you can choose from an array of common household pieces as well as bought items to brighten their lives.

Common favorites of my cats are:

  • Those little plastic rings that come off of the milk jug when you open them. My cats like it when I immediately toss it far and high with a flourish. It's a "oh boy, toys!" moment for them.

  • Small, very small boxes with the tops taken off. My largest cat enjoys contorting herself into these, and while I keep a few around the house, the one she likes the best goes into THE cat room. Have you noticed that the room we "share" is now called the Cat Room? It's the way it is.

  • Shoelaces, long ones or several tied together to make them long. Keep one handy whenever busy in the room, so one hand can twirl it in the air to their delight while you have the other free to use the TV remote, computer mouse, or hold a book. A must have.

  • Cat Scratchers. You should have these in all living areas where you spend time. There are rituals that must be attended to and from my experience, scratching when entering a room with people in it, is one of them. A judicious application of catnip on the scratcher top now and then will also keep your cat in good physical shape, as the affect is usually some wild bouts of exercise followed by a good nap.

  • Toys that they can attack and easily move. This is important! Toys that can't be batted around are useless! (Except for Mr. Fluffy that you never see played with yet somehow manages to move around the house)

  • Toys that hang off things, like doors, chairbacks, ceilings, etc. These require a little more effort, but do get used, if only for a paw slap as they walk by to show it who's boss. (It's helps with their self esteem).

  • Soft Throws. A must for napping! Keep your cats comfy all year round (they love the heat!) or they will stalk around the house and pester you until you scream, "WHAT DO YOU WANT??".

    The best placement of a throw in the cat room is on your lap.

Blanchers
Blanchers
Sophie Watching The Birdies
Sophie Watching The Birdies

Behavior Issues

Not The Cats, Yours!

Fung Shue is a delightful way for you to re-invent your living spaces and feel good about life!

My Sophie Photo By SophieOlson

For your cat, Fung Shue is a swear word, and can mean nothing but torment. (If properly used, it can also be a great behavioral modification tool, if you have the stomach for it).

Yes, you must change your cat room furniture around occasionally, if only to uncover lost toys and little dead creatures they brought in to play with, then forgot about.

However, it's important to make a big deal about the change to the room to them. Say things in a happy sing-song voice like, "Look! Here's your blankie!", and show them some of their toys (not the dead ones) and pat everything they love so they will know their universe has not gone into a FREAKIN' BLACK HOLE for cryin' out loud!

Sometimes my cats wander into the room while I am moving things around and I stop and ask them their opinion on where I should put something. I try to be inclusive. You don't have to do this, it's purely optional.

Have treats handy in case of difficulties. A beer or a glass of wine usually does the trick for me.

In the end, if done carefully, compassionately and not too often, your cat will feel almost as you do by the time you get done.

3 cats in a room
3 cats in a room

The Multi-Cat Cat Room

It's All About Territory

If you have more than one cat, as I do, you know that each has their own personality and therefore, needs. You must take each into consideration when planning your cat room to avoid conflicts!

Pea and Sophie Photo By SophieOlson

It can be just little things, like identifying which items or pieces of furniture are favorites of each and making sure each has something they love in the cat room. If you have issues, as I do, where one cat takes over the others favorite chair, or sleeping spot under the nice warm lamp, etc., then other measures must be taken. I usually start an intervention saying in a loud serious voice, "Hey! Stop That!" then ask the offended cat if she is okay, and then point at the offender (it's always the same one, of course, the brat) and say "Bad Girl!". You could pay a lot of money to learn that kind of behavioral training from a Cat Therapist, but I am giving it to you free!

Now, let's talk about the litter box in multi-cat households. Because I have 3 cats, who rarely will go potty outside (I have witnessed them running into the house to use the box on a nice day), I use 2 large boxes. These are "sweater sized" and fit perfectly side by side in the closet in the cat room. I make sure that I always leave both sliding doors to the closet open just enough for quick entry and get away. I know sometimes they will make a real stinkeroo and can't get out of there fast enough! Also, sometimes the "brat cat" will sneak up on one of the other cats while she is trying to go to the bathroom, and will ambush her. It's sad really, I guess I didn't raise her right. Anyway, the entry exit again allows for a quick retreat!

So, remember to be thoughful and like with children, spread the love around! Also, keep lots of air freshener handy!

Patty Cake Cats - It Always Ends This Way

Funny Video, enjoy!

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    • Besarien profile image

      Besarien 

      3 years ago

      Great hub! I think it is lovely that your cats allow you to share their room. You must be a real credit to humankind to be so favored by three felines who all, as you know, have impeccable tastes.

      I recently saw this video about a man who redid his whole house as a fabulous cat playground. I disabled the link so you or anyone interested can cut and paste and replace the dots but it doesn't adversely affect your hub. www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=okOVxfuSYPk

    • lgOlson profile imageAUTHOR

      L Olson 

      4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @MelaniePaige13: Good for you for taking him in! That's a lucky cat!

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      Melanie Paige 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you for this advice :) Just under a year ago, my mum started feeding a stray cat out the front, now he occupies my bed as well...His name went from "Sup" (we would say "Sup cat"), then called it Gem because we thought it was a girl. After finding out it's actually a boy, mum suggested we call it Loki (after Thor's brother - the god of mischief), and now that is his name. Regardless of the different names, he's getting used to this one, and is quite comfortable stealing the dogs food (Lily is a medium sized dog, and the stealing goes both ways!) I think they're used to each other now though, and he's finally got a loving home to feel safe in.

      Thank you for sharing :)

    • lgOlson profile imageAUTHOR

      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @delia-delia: Cats are a lot smarter than some people give them credit for. I have taught my cats about 15 phrases that they know and respond to.

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      Delia 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! My feral cat named Kitty owns us...she has boxes, huts, scratching posts, sleeping spots allover the house...but she never climbs on our furniture, just certain chairs are OK. The word NO is respected...I have to say she is the smartest cat I ever had. She rings a bell hanging on the door to go outside, she's feral but doesn't know it.

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      dbitterman 

      5 years ago

      Two has been my max on simultaneous cat ownership -- I can't take orders from more than two at a time. Great lens. Thank you.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      hallo cats =d

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have two cats on my own. That's a great lens and enjoyed reading it.

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      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      The corn cob litter is wonderful. I have been using it for years. So much better than the clay. Around here since I have had a sick cat from time to time, Friday is treat night. They get a jar of ham baby food that they share (finger fed, for the youngest). But it is a ritual every Friday night. If Maggie is sick and losing weight, they will get a jar whatever day the issue is. So, every night they play the "good cat" with a tiny pleading little voice and Maggie plays the "bad cat" with a really bossy voice. They will start this a few minutes before 8 and if no results they turn it off after they can see I am settled down to watching TV.

      Cats are so funny!

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      TommysPal 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas! I have three cats that are always indoors and I enjoy sharing my whole house with them (it's a small house). Their comfort is important to me. Thanks.

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      Sharon Weaver 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Good ideas that will make my cat very happy.

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      julieannbrady 

      5 years ago

      Such sweet cats ... Greta reminds me of our Bandit and Tigger.

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      LUMOSE 

      5 years ago

      I must show this lens to my daughter. She loves cats.

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      mrdata 

      5 years ago

      I love my cats who share even my bed... They are very happy in my house :) Thanks for your useful lens!

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      You have lucky cats! My daughter has a room for her cats, too! I thought she must be the only person that did that. Cute lens.

    • lgOlson profile imageAUTHOR

      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @SteveKaye: I know how that is! I have a sign up that says "This House Is Maintained For The Comfort Of The Cat".

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      SteveKaye 

      5 years ago

      We live in Olivia Felini's house.

    • lgOlson profile imageAUTHOR

      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @shellys-space: Too few cat litter boxes can be a smelly issue..good work there!

    • lgOlson profile imageAUTHOR

      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @anonymous: Oh, I know that old trick!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Indeed. In fact, he anticipates the room I will be in and is usually waiting for me there. When at the computer, he is draped over my arm...making it rather difficult to type but does he care? Not! ;0)

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      You've described my little wonders to a T. Pea looks like Yancy and she is hard to capture on film. Anywhere I am the cats are or want to be. If I take a nap one climbs the door and will call me constantly until I come out of the bedroom. Lady sits on a small stool next to me when I work. It's her safe place.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My MIL has 5 indoor cats. Thank goodness she has an upstairs, downstairs and 2 bedrooms. They all like their space and she has a cat box for each of them :)

    • lgOlson profile imageAUTHOR

      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      @Craftypicks: Don't let um push you around, too much.

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      Lori Green 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      My house is my cat's room and he allows me to enter it when he is in the mood.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Its been years since I had a cat, they are so much to fun to have as pets.

      My last pure white cat was a male Persian, who was sightly retarded, and so cute.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I've had cats for so many years - it's so sad that the condo I live in now doesn't allow them. I want a kitten again! I had a cat called LC (Little Cat) and she often typed on my keyboard :)

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      Klaartje Loose 

      5 years ago

      My cat can be in all rooms except my work-room. Every day he tries to sneak in!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My niece had a house built for her cat which was attached to her room but the cat stays in her room all the time. She had this done because her Mom does not want cats in her living room. I should share this with her.

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      fifinn 

      5 years ago

      I currently do not have a cat, so can not give any tips. But time ago, I ever had a cat. She slept in bed with me :).

      Thanks for the tips.

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      CuriousBoy 

      5 years ago

      I had a kitten when I was a very young boy.

      He was my shadow!

      He always followed my, anytime, everywhere.

      My room was his room.

      So, no need for a room just himself...

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      lionmom100 

      5 years ago

      This is a great lens. It is true that the cats favorite room is the one that you are in. My cats take over the whole house. But my Zoe likes my favorite chair and the back of a love seat, Esther has taken over the cat tree by the window and Raja has a favorite chair at the table. He also likes the room that we sequestered him in when we first brought him into our house and before we introduced him to the other two.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      LiliLove 

      5 years ago

      Awesome lens! My cats are all over the house when my kids are playing :), but their favorite place is the living room.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Very beautifully done lens, I loved how you care for the cats and have a cat-room. Amazing.

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      mmwoodward 

      5 years ago

      Lovely lens. :) I have two cats. One's favourite room is my room because that's where I spend most of my time home (the computer is in there). Yet, my other cat's favourite place is my roommate's room!

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      Snakesmum 

      5 years ago

      I think the whole house is a cat room here! There are toys and boxes everywhere, not to mention cat beds, and I have only one cat.

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Oh I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this lens. One of my favourites! You write so well and capture life with cats so beautifully. Pure delight. And the video is so funny. The cherry, on the icing on the cake! I am so glad I stopped by.

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      RinchenChodron 

      5 years ago

      Great job - well written. I have only one cat and he keeps me busy! His name is Kisser. He's a Russian Blue too.

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      Mamabyrd 

      5 years ago

      My husband and I had three cats before we started having children. They took over our entire house!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I am more of a dog person, but this is very interesting..:)

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      RetireAt57 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Only those that have had their homes and lives taken over by furry felines determined to establish complete domestic rule will appreciate the realities of this lens. Fortunately I have escaped from that situation. Good luck with yours!!!!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I like the cat, thanks for sharing.

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      JoshK47 

      5 years ago

      Quite excellent suggestions - and cats most definitely do own houses that they dwell in. ;)

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      NightMagic 

      5 years ago

      Absolutely love your humor & this lens. Yes they really do think they're the master of the house.

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      Blackspaniel1 

      5 years ago

      My dog shares our room.

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