After carpeting, we drilled the four supporting legs to the base of the cat tree and attached the finished box on top. The support legs were wiggly at first so we fixed this by attaching increasingly smaller pieces of wood up the inside of the legs (they kind of look like stairs). After making it a little sturdier, we moved on to carpeting the inside and outside of the concrete forming tube and rocking horse legs. Finally, the project was finished!
When we first brought the cat tree into the house, Safiri immediately came over and started sniffing at it like he knew all along that this contraption was for him. He was a little hesitant to climb it at first, but Eric whipped out the laser pointer and all hesitancy flew out the window. He soon was climbing up the concrete forming tube, snuggling in the box and hanging from the rocking horse legs.
Now, every morning I wake up to find him perched on his new castle, surveying his kingdom and unafraid of clawing any trespassers. Hopefully, this cat tree will occupy him enough that he won’t have time for any more energetic escapades. Knowing Safiri, I’m not so certain but… fingers crossed!