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Cat owner creates purrfect solution to stop warring pets

NECN Contributor1 27th March 2018 Local News Comments Off on Cat owner creates purrfect solution to stop warring pets

A local man has come up with the perfect solution to keep his warring pets happy.

Marcin Telus has installed a cat flap on the second floor of his Drylaw home to give dog Zara and cat Simba some much needed space.

The 47-year-old cut a hole in the wall for the plastic flap and created a cat ladder made up of shelves and wooden jumping blocks.

Simba, four, now has control over the top floor of the property while German shepherd Zara, three, happily lives ­downstairs.

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Marcin said: “Simba is my wife’s cat and the main reason why the cat flap is upstairs is because I have a dog downstairs.

“They tolerate each other but they prefer to stay apart. The cat flap was originally in the front door.

“When we changed the door, we would lose the guarantee for the new one if we cut a hole in it so the flap had to either go in through a wall or in the glass door at the back of the house.

“We decided that’s the best option and the cat was to have it upstairs. I Googled air cat flaps and found lots of different designs.

“The cat likes to be somewhere high so the best solution to get the cat access to the house was using a set of shelves up to the cat flap in the wall.

“Sometimes she’d rather walk down than jump, depending on her mood, so I added in the ­stepping blocks for her. She loves it.

“Simba is now very independent and she can come and go without bothering the dog.

“Sometimes they walk through the house and flick each other with their paws – just usual behaviour.”

Photos: Alan Simpson

 

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