Catification Recap: Kashmir & Darla

My Cat From Hell, Kashmir & Darla Catification

Kashmir and Darla’s case definitely required some catification in order to help alleviate the tension, not just between the cats, but also between Brenda and Dean. Jackson brought me in to help with this design and we wanted to share a little more about what we did.

My Cat From Hell, Kashmir & Darla Catification

During Jackson’s first visit, he identified that Darla is definitely a tree dweller, meaning that she likes to climb to high places, especially when Kashmir (who stays primarily on the ground) on is the hunt. Brenda and Dean’s place also had a lot of dead ends where Kashmir could easily trap Darla. We needed to give Darla a way to climb up and out of the way, allowing her to traverse the space without being trapped.

My Cat From Hell, Kashmir & Darla Catification

We focused primarily on the dining room, first de-cluttering the area by adding a sideboard that provides streamlined storage and a cat-friendly surface on top. Above the sideboard, we hung several cat shelves and topped them with carpet pieces held in place with double sided carpet tape. As you can see, Darla is quite pleased with her shelves.

To allow easy access to the top of the sidebar and the shelves, we added a cat tree using the Ikea Stolmen pole and step shelves from Whisker Studio. This type of cat tree is perfect for Branda and Dean’s space, since it’s light and airy and requires very little floor space.

My Cat From Hell, Kashmir & Darla Catification

To add more lanes to Darla’s superhighway, as well as a bit of a hideaway, I created two climbing tubes using simple cardboard cement tubes painted shiny red and trimmed with black faux fur. We placed a strip of sisal inside for comfort and attached the tubes to the wall with two straps. Darla loves her new climbing tubes!

My Cat From Hell, Kashmir & Darla Catification

One of the fun things about this design that you didn’t hear about on the show, is that all of the artwork we integrated into the climbing wall is original artwork by Brenda. Including personal touches like this can really customize your cat climbing wall, making it not just utilitarian, but also something for everyone to enjoy.

My Cat From Hell, Kashmir & Darla Catification

Darla’s superhighway actually extends all the way into the kitchen. This is an important feature because it allows access to the climbing wall from two different parts of the house. Since space was limited in the kitchen and we knew that Darla could easily climb a pole (Brenda and Dean had seen her do it before), I created a floor-to-ceiling scratching/climbing post using another Ikea Stolmen pole wrapped with extra thick sisal rope (available at Home Depot). Darla can easily scale the pole to reach the top shelf, then navigate across the climbing wall into the living room, avoiding the ambushes that used to happen on the floor.

Darla’s new superhighway provides her with alternates route and a way to climb up to where she can get away from Kashmir as needed, bringing peace to Brenda and Dean’s home and hopefully keeping both the humans and the felines happy for years to come.

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The Catification column on is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of, the premiere online magazine for design-conscious cat people. Kate’s design expertise and Jackson’s cat behavior know-how combine to create cat-friendly environments that are sure to please both human and feline family members alike.



We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book CAT DADDY and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.

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6 Responses to Catification Recap: Kashmir & Darla

  1. Kitsu Tails July 24, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Thank you!! I’ve been looking for ideas on how to make tubes for the cats. Never thought about cement tubes. That’s awesome!

  2. Deb December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Where does one go to purchase cardboard cement tubes?

  3. Sally Miller December 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    You can get cardboard tubes like that at Home Depot

  4. miranda January 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    my question is about the straps for the tubes. any way we can get some specifics on them?

  5. Darwin March 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I like the idea of the Stolmen Post with sisal rope, especially since one of my cats loves climbing wooden poles on a room divider…

    How is the sisal rope attached to the post? Based on what I see at Ikea, I am not sure if the usual staples would work or not.

    Also, is there any particular type of paint that you have found works well on the cardboard tubes?

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