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Engineering for Cats : Better the Life of Your Pet With10 Cat-Approved Projects
by Mac Delaney




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Problem solving for cat people.

Sure, your cat cleans itself, uses a litter box, and is happy to pitch in by ridding your basement of the occasional unwanted rodent. But she is also a barely domesticated wild animal whose compulsions might include shredding upholstery, knocking over plants, and trying to dominate the "territory" you call home. How to accommodate your pet's feral instincts while reducing these problem areas in your relationship? Through engineering Conceived by aerospace engineer Mac Delaney, here are ten ingenious DIY projects that address the quirks of cat behavior head-on, with results that will help both your cat and you to live happily--together--ever after.

DIY projects include:
cat shelf
drinking fountain
cat cave
scratcher
bunk beds
treat slot machine
cat door
litter box cabinet
cat wheel

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Overview

Problem solving for cat people.

Sure, your cat cleans itself, uses a litter box, and is happy to pitch in by ridding your basement of the occasional unwanted rodent. But she is also a barely domesticated wild animal whose compulsions might include shredding upholstery, knocking over plants, and trying to dominate the "territory" you call home. How to accommodate your pet's feral instincts while reducing these problem areas in your relationship? Through engineering Conceived by aerospace engineer Mac Delaney, here are ten ingenious DIY projects that address the quirks of cat behavior head-on, with results that will help both your cat and you to live happily--together--ever after.

DIY projects include:
cat shelf
drinking fountain
cat cave
scratcher
bunk beds
treat slot machine
cat door
litter box cabinet
cat wheel


This item is Non-Returnable.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780761189909
  • ISBN-10: 0761189904
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Publish Date: August 2018
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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Lifestyles: The fancy feline home

Live with a cat? Rejigger your home environment to make kitty as content as possible with Engineering for Cats: Better the Life of Your Pet with 10 Cat-Approved Projects. Author, aerospace engineer and cat dad Mac Delaney applies his expertise to the book’s 10 DIY projects, each a response to a common problem such as, “Cats enjoy destroying your upholstered belongings.” I adore the geeky, good-natured humor with which this book is written. In his how-to for building a scratching post, Delaney writes, “I know I said before that I am no expert in aesthetics, but the tan shag carpet that comes on almost every store-bought scratching post is atrocious.” This book is clever, but it is also a totally usable guide to feline-friendly home props. If you’re planning on opening a kitty café—a trend on the rise!—you need to pick up a de-shedding brush and a copy of this book.

CHEERS TO YOUR HEALTH
In Clean + Dirty Drinking: 100+ Recipes for Making Delicious Elixirs, With or Without Booze, California mixologist Gabriella Mlynarczyk does something that seems borderline revolutionary: She includes both a boozy and booze-free version of each featured cocktail recipe. These spectacular drinks incorporate Mlynarczyk’s various consommés, shrubs, syrups, foams and infusions, such as a rhubarb Pimm’s. On the slightly simpler side, I love her recipe for Old Fashioned Stock Ice Cubes. (How about watermelon, mint and basil on a hot summer day?) This is not a book for the timid or lazy home-drinker—rather, it’s an inventive, thorough, extreme sports-style guide to the art of the modern cocktail.

TOP PICK IN LIFESTYLES
Move over, hygge. Now there’s something . . . drunker? From another Nordic country comes another strategy for happier, healthier living, only this one swaps candles for cocktails—or your booze of choice—consumed in your skivvies. The Finnish concept of kalsarikänni—chilling at home while drinking in your underwear—is explored in Miska Rantanen’s Pantsdrunk, which heralds said pastime as an “authentic, total, and true relaxation.” Pantsdrunk is “the antithesis of posing, performing, or pretense: one does not post atmospheric images on Instagram while pantsdrunk.” I admit: I was certain this book, this very idea, was nothing but a killer spoof. Then I did a little internet digging—pantsless, of course, with an Aperol spritz at the ready. Apparently, pantsdrunk is legit in the eyes of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Rantanen goes all out on the subject with “preferred nibbles when pantsdrunk” (prosciutto!), a “Social Media + Pantsdrunk Hierarchy of Needs” and, my personal favorite, “The Top 100 Excuses for Pantsdrunk.” (Number 15: “I’ve never been this old before.”) If there were ever a book desperately needed during a particular cultural moment, it is Pantsdrunk.

 

This article was originally published in the August 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 

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