TRIXIE Wooden Cat Home with Balcony

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ITEM# 17392897
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    ITEM#: 17392897

    Give your cat or small dog the perfect place to hang out safely with this high-quality wooden pet home. Constructed of weather-treated non-toxic fir wood with an elevated foundation to protect from grounchill and wet conditions, this pet house is is designed to be used either outside or inside. Steps on the side lead to an upper balcony where your furry friend can bask in the open air when the protection of the inner condo space isn't needed. 

    Features:
    • Ideal for cats and small dogs
    • Upper balcony with side steps
    • Suitable for indoor/outdoor use
    • Removable raised floor promotes air circulation
    • Weather-treated non-toxic fir wood construction
    • Grey and white finish
    • Clean with a mild soap when needed
    • Easy 15-minute assembly

    Dimensions
    • Overall: 17.5 inches wide x 17.5 inches deep x 25.5 inches high (15 pounds)
    • Bannister railing: 6 inches high
    • Condo opening: 8 inches wide x 10 inches high
    • Steps: 8 inches wide x 3 inches high

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    Features
    Material Metal, Wood
    Assembly Assembly Required
    Color Grey
    Set Includes 1 Piece
    • If you love the design please read
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      I have been working with shelter and feral kitties for 20+ years. So, I promise I know what I am talking about. Ignore the other reviews about the strong cedar smell. This cat furniture was designed to go outside - thus, it is made of cedar. If you do want to put it outside, it is not and never will be rain proof, so it is not a shelter for outside cats. Yes, you will need to put about two coats of waterproof wood sealant on it if it is going outdoors, but it must be kept under a covered porch, as the sealant will be there only to protect the wood...there are some big openings on top of the balcony that will allow water to soak the insides of this furniture. Now for those of you who plan to keep this furniture inside, like me: If you have some small wood working capabilities you will be fine. The biggest problem is the two steps. Not all the holes are predrilled, plus you will need additional hardware to make this work. For the shelves, 6 screws are included. They are size 3 X 18 mm. They are USELESS. Go to your local hardware store and get 6 screws that are slightly longer than .7 inches(or 18 mm). I used one inch long screws, and it was fine. The 6 that come with this product were not long enough to join the steps to the wall. Another problem I had was how easy it was to chip into the paint or wood. Be careful when unpacking this item, as that is how mine got chipped. If your cats are adverse to the cedar smell, use a product such as "urine go away", one of many of the same type products found at walmart, petco, or petsmart. Vinegar could work as well. Just spray, wait 15 minutes, then wipe. I bought this product for my own cats, two of which spray (even though they are neutered). I figured wood is easy to wipe down, plus I am using two washable cat beds: one for inside, and one on top. If you don't use cat beds, I am not sure your cats will use this furniture. Cats love to snooze, but really they prefer something soft. That makes this product perfect, as the wood can be cleaned, and their beds washed. As an owner of several cat trees over the a few decades, I know cat trees will eventually breakdown. You can tear off their carpet and replace it, making a cat tree new again, but even the sisal posts will eventually break down, and sisal can be expensive. I think this cat furniture will outlast any cat tree...not saying you don't need cat trees! If this is your only cat furniture, you need to still get them a scratching post. This furniture is stable and large enough for my 20+lb cat to use. I am including a picture of my 16lb cat on it.

    • Love it
      Verified Purchase

      This is a great cat house we use outdoors for stray cats.Great protection for them in the weather also.

    • Cute, but durability is uncertain
      Verified Purchase

      I got this house to shelter some of our local "community" cats. So far (two days after I set it out), they haven't rendered a verdict. Pros: * Instructions are fairly straightforward (although clearly indicating which sides should be facing in would be helpful). * Once "inside vs. outside" was sorted out, assembly was fairly easy. I'd recommend a power screwdriver (electronic or human), though. * Extra fasteners were a nice touch. * Attractive (just in case the HOA gets nosy about our back yard) Cons: * Wood is quite soft. Some of my "do-over" fastenings (see note about "inside vs. outside") required me to use a larger screw (luckily, I have lots of wood screws available -- sometimes being a packrat comes in handy!). * Not all of the screws supplied were quite long enough to fasten things securely. I noticed this particularly with the ones that were meant to secure the side steps. * House as constructed is likely to leak. The house roof/balcony floor just rests on top of the walls, so there's a small gap where water can get in. I have it set up against the side of our house, where there's some shelter, but I'll be keeping an eye on it, and may try adding some weatherstripping to the top of the walls. * Door opening is too big, and bottom is flush with the floor -- this makes it less secure and less warm -- there's a bigger gap for warmth to escape from, and straw bedding is more likely to get pushed out. I remedied this by fastening a 4" wide strip of wood to the inside of the doorway to make the opening smaller and provide a lip to keep the straw inside. Luckily, in coastal California, we're unlikely to need heavy-duty cold protection. Folks in colder climates might want to consider adding some sort of insulation (possibly something like this: http://www.reflectixinc.com/basepage.asp?Page=Double+Reflective+Insulation&pageIndex=622) to the walls, floor, and roof, in addition to making the door a bit smaller.

    • Really cute!
      Verified Purchase

      Very easy to assemble and fairly sturdy! I bought this to keep my (medium-sized) dog out of my cat's food, by putting the food and water dishes on the top balcony. It works really well for this purpose! I must note though that I have a fairly small cat. This wouldn't work for a larger cat (would be too cramped on the balcony with dishes there too). It looks really nice in the room! Very pleased with this purchase.

    • Cute.
      Verified Purchase

      Balcony is best part. Inside too small for cats

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      The cat home is easy to assemble. It is high quality and my cat loves sleeping inside the bottom part at night and sitting on the upper deck during the day.

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      Simple instructions. You can have this together in 30 minutes or less. I have put this outside for my feral cats. In order to get them to use it I coax them with tuna..the colors are nice. It is a welcome addition to my front porch.

    • will need better insulating

      I bought this cat house to put on my front porch for a stray I've been feeding. I can tell that the rainor snow will go into the top roof. there is a little gap all around the top edge. I'll have to figure out how to seal it in the winter. The door is a little large for a secure cat house, I'm going to rig up a frame or something to reduce it to 6 inches as recommended for outside cats. DON'T tighten all of the screws completely until you put the floor inside. Mine didn't fit at first until I figured that out, I loosened the bottom screws, dropped the floor in then tightened, fit perfectly.

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      Perfect cat house for medium to smaller cats. The upper level is great for them to go up and lay out on. Elevated up high enough to where water runs under it if left outside.

    • Bonnie
      Verified Purchase

      Very attractive for my front porch where the cat hangs out. My 15 year old son put it together and had no trouble at all. Took awhile for the cat to get into the house part...but you know cats. We think she was sneaking in there when we weren't watching! LOL She loves the balcony part! That is where she eats her food.

    • Love it
      Verified Purchase

      This is a great cat house we use outdoors for stray cats.Great protection for them in the weather also.

    • Really cute!
      Verified Purchase

      Very easy to assemble and fairly sturdy! I bought this to keep my (medium-sized) dog out of my cat's food, by putting the food and water dishes on the top balcony. It works really well for this purpose! I must note though that I have a fairly small cat. This wouldn't work for a larger cat (would be too cramped on the balcony with dishes there too). It looks really nice in the room! Very pleased with this purchase.

    • Cute, but durability is uncertain
      Verified Purchase

      I got this house to shelter some of our local "community" cats. So far (two days after I set it out), they haven't rendered a verdict. Pros: * Instructions are fairly straightforward (although clearly indicating which sides should be facing in would be helpful). * Once "inside vs. outside" was sorted out, assembly was fairly easy. I'd recommend a power screwdriver (electronic or human), though. * Extra fasteners were a nice touch. * Attractive (just in case the HOA gets nosy about our back yard) Cons: * Wood is quite soft. Some of my "do-over" fastenings (see note about "inside vs. outside") required me to use a larger screw (luckily, I have lots of wood screws available -- sometimes being a packrat comes in handy!). * Not all of the screws supplied were quite long enough to fasten things securely. I noticed this particularly with the ones that were meant to secure the side steps. * House as constructed is likely to leak. The house roof/balcony floor just rests on top of the walls, so there's a small gap where water can get in. I have it set up against the side of our house, where there's some shelter, but I'll be keeping an eye on it, and may try adding some weatherstripping to the top of the walls. * Door opening is too big, and bottom is flush with the floor -- this makes it less secure and less warm -- there's a bigger gap for warmth to escape from, and straw bedding is more likely to get pushed out. I remedied this by fastening a 4" wide strip of wood to the inside of the doorway to make the opening smaller and provide a lip to keep the straw inside. Luckily, in coastal California, we're unlikely to need heavy-duty cold protection. Folks in colder climates might want to consider adding some sort of insulation (possibly something like this: http://www.reflectixinc.com/basepage.asp?Page=Double+Reflective+Insulation&pageIndex=622) to the walls, floor, and roof, in addition to making the door a bit smaller.

    • If you love the design please read
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      I have been working with shelter and feral kitties for 20+ years. So, I promise I know what I am talking about. Ignore the other reviews about the strong cedar smell. This cat furniture was designed to go outside - thus, it is made of cedar. If you do want to put it outside, it is not and never will be rain proof, so it is not a shelter for outside cats. Yes, you will need to put about two coats of waterproof wood sealant on it if it is going outdoors, but it must be kept under a covered porch, as the sealant will be there only to protect the wood...there are some big openings on top of the balcony that will allow water to soak the insides of this furniture. Now for those of you who plan to keep this furniture inside, like me: If you have some small wood working capabilities you will be fine. The biggest problem is the two steps. Not all the holes are predrilled, plus you will need additional hardware to make this work. For the shelves, 6 screws are included. They are size 3 X 18 mm. They are USELESS. Go to your local hardware store and get 6 screws that are slightly longer than .7 inches(or 18 mm). I used one inch long screws, and it was fine. The 6 that come with this product were not long enough to join the steps to the wall. Another problem I had was how easy it was to chip into the paint or wood. Be careful when unpacking this item, as that is how mine got chipped. If your cats are adverse to the cedar smell, use a product such as "urine go away", one of many of the same type products found at walmart, petco, or petsmart. Vinegar could work as well. Just spray, wait 15 minutes, then wipe. I bought this product for my own cats, two of which spray (even though they are neutered). I figured wood is easy to wipe down, plus I am using two washable cat beds: one for inside, and one on top. If you don't use cat beds, I am not sure your cats will use this furniture. Cats love to snooze, but really they prefer something soft. That makes this product perfect, as the wood can be cleaned, and their beds washed. As an owner of several cat trees over the a few decades, I know cat trees will eventually breakdown. You can tear off their carpet and replace it, making a cat tree new again, but even the sisal posts will eventually break down, and sisal can be expensive. I think this cat furniture will outlast any cat tree...not saying you don't need cat trees! If this is your only cat furniture, you need to still get them a scratching post. This furniture is stable and large enough for my 20+lb cat to use. I am including a picture of my 16lb cat on it.

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      Simple instructions. You can have this together in 30 minutes or less. I have put this outside for my feral cats. In order to get them to use it I coax them with tuna..the colors are nice. It is a welcome addition to my front porch.

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      Worked really well. but the cats liked the box better :-) It was very well made and stranded up to our one cat who DISTROYS everything. We also have a small dog who like to sleep in the bottom..

    • Cute.
      Verified Purchase

      Balcony is best part. Inside too small for cats

    • cat wouldn't use it
      Verified Purchase

      after putting it together, it had a slight smell to it and my cat wouldn't get near it. had to take it apart & return it

    • Bonnie
      Verified Purchase

      Very attractive for my front porch where the cat hangs out. My 15 year old son put it together and had no trouble at all. Took awhile for the cat to get into the house part...but you know cats. We think she was sneaking in there when we weren't watching! LOL She loves the balcony part! That is where she eats her food.

    • xeroswife
      Verified Purchase

      As with all things that claim "easy assembly", it wasn't. Took 2 of us over an hour. Holes didn't really line up or were not punched through completely. Shelves never really tightened up and one came off with first curious pull up by the cat. However, once together it looks nice and provides a good hiding spot.

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      Perfect cat house for medium to smaller cats. The upper level is great for them to go up and lay out on. Elevated up high enough to where water runs under it if left outside.

    • Verified Purchase

      Easy to build and my outdoor cat loves it!

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      The cat home is easy to assemble. It is high quality and my cat loves sleeping inside the bottom part at night and sitting on the upper deck during the day.

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      Well made price. Solid wood and it smells great (cedar I think). The only problem is the cat won’t use it! Not the cat house’s fault I suppose but still a bummer.

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      Got this to be cuter on my front deck than a tarp wrapped cat carrier! Easily put together, however, the screws that hold the steps are far too small. They stripped right out when putting in the back screw (even when supporting so not to). Luckily had longer ones on hand to replace and make sturdy. I needed to swap right and left sides due to location of house placement. Just had to drill another hole to place railing support screw. Also stapled in some rolled up packing foam to block large cracks of deck flooring to keep dirt and debris and possible rain blowing into interior. Is a bit smaller interior somehow than I had in my mind when purchasing. Hoping my cats like their new house! All in all, I think I'm happy with it.

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      This is so darling and my cat just loves it! We set it in front of a window and he hangs out on the balcony napping. We added little cat beds inside and on the top to make it more comfy for him.

    • Verified Purchase

      My cat loves this!! Good quality.

    • Verified Purchase

      My cats enjoy this. Although I would suggest keeping it indoors it is not weather proof.

    • Verified Purchase

      it seemed flimsy and cheap.

    • Verified Purchase

      It came just as pictured. The assembly was quite simple. However, one of the "steps" did come off one day when she climbed on it (but this could be from my poor craftsman ship). My kitty likes laying on the top deck with a blanket in place. She doesnt go inside as much as I had hoped, but it is a good place for storage of toys. I would suggest this for any cat lover!

    Questions & Answers

    • Q:

      "Could 2 small cats fit in the shelter part?"

      • A:

        I wouldn't know because my cat wouldn't even go in

    • Q:

      "could you hide a litter box in this?"

      • A:

        No, you could not hide a litter box in this.

    • Q:

      "Why did you choose this product?"

      • A:

        All wood,easy to clean

      • A:

        We take care of a stray (outdoor) cat who needs shelter while she adapts to close contact with us.

      • A:

        One of my cats prefers hiding out on the screened porch. He may like this and it looks good. :0)

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