For Garfield’s table, I had a piece of plywood 12” by 18” and 4 pieces of 2”by 1” timber, 5” high for the legs. I chose these measurements because Ollie shares the same area for his meals.

If you just have one cat, you can obviously tailor the measurements to suit your cat’s needs and requirements and the space available in your kitchen.

The leg height matches that of the hearth measurement – (see Caring for elderly cats) and is almost equal to Garfield’s shoulder height – to save him from having to bend his neck. Again, you could adjust this height if your pet is shorter or taller.

First, drill two pilot holes through the top in each corner where the legs are to go.

Next, countersink the holes in the ply so the screw heads don’t show. Then, glue (optional) and screw legs into position.

Next, fill holes with wood glue.

Finally, cover the top with your own choice of covering to make it easy to keep clean.

I happened to have a piece of lino left over from when I had a new kitchen floor laid so it blends in with the colour scheme in my kitchen. But you could use wall tiles or Fablon, (which you peel off the sticky backing and smooth it on, carefully removing the air bubbles as you go along) both of which would work just as well and look as nice. If you use tiles, you may need to add beading around the edge just to finish it off. 

NB: Since making the table, I have now added a beaded edging to stop the dishes from falling off the ends.   


Dogs Come when Called

"Dogs come when called. Cats take a message and get back to you."

"Of course, every cat is really the most beautiful woman in the room."

Edward Verrall Luca (essayist)

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