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
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
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, 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.
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.
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
I ordered quite a lot of the wrong batteries for a cat toy. Instead of getting rid of the batteries, I hacked the toy.
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.
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
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