On equality, with a digression into toys

I am going to get seri­ous for a few para­graphs, but don’t worry. It will lighten up and there will be cats. Today, in the United States, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a fed­eral hol­i­day cel­e­brat­ing the life and work of MLK Jr. The world has changed sig­nif­i­cantly since the 60s — and I don’t … Continue read­ing On equal­ity, with a digres­sion into toys

RIP Distraction Mouse

  Distraction Mouse started life under my pil­low. Okay, I think tech­ni­cally he started life in a Chinese fac­tory. He has a plas­tic core with some­thing inside that rat­tles. He’s cov­ered in rab­bit fur (rab­bits that were used for culi­nary pur­poses). But in our house, he started life under my pil­low. We have a kit­ten that, dur­ing the warm … Continue read­ing RIP Distraction Mouse

And introducing: Cornelius

I real­ized that I’ve men­tioned this on Instagram and to a few friends, but have not yet made any ref­er­ence on this blog: I have a new kit­ten! His name is Cornelis! He was born on February 21st at Enchanted Sphynx. I vis­ited him and his brother about a month ago. And he came home two week­ends ago. It was an … Continue read­ing And intro­duc­ing: Cornelius

Ebenezer, 2003–2013

Ebenezer, a.k.a. Fidget, a.k.a. Hypercat, son of Ted E. Bare and American Beauty, passed away on Saturday. He had been qui­etly bat­tling heart dis­ease his entire life, occa­sion­ally seen as strong heart mur­murs, but offi­cially diag­nosed about 6 months ago as an enlarged heart.

Choose your own measuring cup

About a year ago I designed and printed a 1/4 cup mea­sur­ing cup. You see, I needed a good way to mea­sure cat food. I only needed the one size, so buy­ing a whole set of mea­sur­ing cups seemed like a waste. With a MakerBot in the other room, I fig­ured it was best to make just the one size of mea­sur­ing cup.

The design and manufacture of a cat toy

Yesterday I taked about fix­ing a cat toy.  Today, I should briefly men­tion the one I designed a cou­ple of week­ends ago.  I’ve had the idea kick­ing around in my head for quite a few months to design a treat-dispensing cat toy.  Surprisingly, there is not one already on Thingiverse.  I sketched out a quick idea and fig­ured out some geom­e­try.  (Remember, kids!  Geometry … Continue read­ing The design and man­u­fac­ture of a cat toy

From Atoms to Bits to Atoms: A Cat Toy’s Journey

After star­ing at a cat toy for a few min­utes, piec­ing out the geom­e­try, I real­ized that this would make a great instruc­tional design for an intro­duc­tion to 3D CAD mod­el­ing using sim­ple geo­met­ric shapes and boolean trans­forms.

DIY foamcore cat toy balls

It does not take much to make a cat toy.  Often times, they will make their own toys out of stuff around the house (even if you do not want them to) such as shoelaces.  They like crum­pled up paper balls.  They like the plas­tic pull-off safety tab from the milk bot­tle.  They like chew­ing on … Continue read­ing DIY foam­core cat toy balls

Cat-scratcher cost-savings analysis

In the pre­vi­ous Cat Scratcher post, I for­got to include the fol­low­ing pic­ture, taken in a local PetSmart of sim­i­lar (but more cheaply made) prod­ucts: The small cat-scratchers go for $10.  The larger, more fancy ones — the ones most sim­i­lar to the one I designed and made — go for $25.  In mine, the wood was $17 … Continue read­ing Cat-scratcher cost-savings analy­sis