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I just finished painting my dollhouse and I have a new cat. Can anyone give me some advice on how they protect their house from their cat? I used plexiglass to protect contents inside  but need additional protection as I have an outdoor patio and she might jump onto that! Anything you can tell me??

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Good luck.  I wish I had an answer.  One of my cats has mastered going up and down the stairs in my Garfield.  Plastic sheeting and plexiglass has never been a deterrent.  He just finds ways to remove it.   I've given up and just take anything breakable or small enough to be eaten out of my houses.  I decorate them for special occasions, take a few photos, and then remove stuff. :(  I do have a saloon where I ended up gluing everything in place because I knew that I wouldn't be using the pieces in any other house.

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My hubs used to make boxes for various things, including covering my fancier dolls.  He bought sheets of plexi from the hardware store, cut it with a glass cutter and a steel straight edge and used a special solvent adhesive to put them together, which he also got at the hardware store.

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That's what the hubs called it, so probably what the guy at the hardware store told him it was; not having worked with glass we didn't know there was a difference, but his did have the solid point.  (I figured you'd know!)

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It is fairly easy to score the cut line (I score both sides of the plexiglass) and then snap it free.  

Holly, did your husband frame the boxes?  I've never tried making a display box, but with my inquisitive and proprietary cats - well, let's just say I really should start constructing some boxes!

I haven't tried this myself, but I wonder if placing crumpled aluminum foil around the dollhouse would deter the cats?  I know they hate to walk on it, and perhaps it would stop them.  It wouldn't look attractive - but it might save the dollhouse!  (I have used this on top of my stove, to stop the cats jumping up when the burners are still warm.)  

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46 minutes ago, Shy Spirit said:

Holly, did your husband frame the boxes? 

I've seen Plexiglas boxes with glued edges, thus not needing a frame, but if that seems too daunting, perhaps a framework of channel molding would be easier. If each wall and the top were edged with the channel molding, it would be a matter of attaching wood to wood.

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Rosalind, my hubs used a solvent glue specifically for plexi.  I have some boxes he made me for some of my elaborately dressed porcelain dolls.

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Channel molding sounds like a good idea, and the right solvent glue for the plexiglass - check!  Thanks, Kathie and Holly.

I don't know that I will make a box for a dollhouse, as it would be very large.  I might make a display box for a few miniatures and vignettes that I created.  

Luckily for our cats, we can't live without them!  (As much as I adore dollhouses, cats always come first.)  Dollhouses can be repaired/replaced.

 

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9 hours ago, Medieval said:

Or make a dollhouse just for the cat. Then it would be a cathouse. Ooops!  I think that name is already taken!

Not by any cat lovers or miniaturists, I betcha.

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