Man builds CAT his very own BEDROOM for less than $20 – and it comes with a TV and miniature animal paintings
A man has gone viral after building his cat his very own bedroom – complete with a TV to watch his favourite animal shows.
Bryan Davies, 50, lives with wife Jessica in Shingletown, California.
The couple love spoiling their pet – and have gone above and beyond for their feline Wyatt with their latest DIY project.
Wyatt apparently loves to watch birds and squirrels through the windows of his home, but Bryan began to think about new ways to entertain him.
And so the insurance worker decided to build Wyatt his very own bedroom – complete with a TV so that he can watch videos of birds and mice.
Bryan shared photos of the finished room on Twitter, where the tweet has since gone viral, racking up over 60,000 likes.
In one photo, Wyatt can be seen perched on his bed, looking adorable as he enjoys his new private space.
"That is the cutest thing I've seen," wrote one person.
One person wrote: "This is just awesome but the cherry on top is he uses it and is watching TV," added someone else.
Others were so impressed that they asked Bryan and Jessica if they could move in.
"That is so cool. Can I apply to be your cat?" one Twitter user joked.
"Our elderly cat Percy passed away in 2019 at the age of 18 and we were devastated," Bryan said.
"A year later, while we were not looking for another pet, Wyatt found us.
"Last autumn while we were donating to a local pet rescue thrift store, I noticed my wife cosying up to a kitten in a cat tree in the corner.
"Twenty minutes later, he was home and part of the family.
"Wyatt loves to watch the birds and squirrels in the forest through our windows, but with winter coming he didn’t find enough of them out and about to entertain him.
"So we found various YouTube videos of birds and mice and other enticing animals.
"But our TV is rather large so the proportions weren’t right for him and he had to sit too far away for his taste.
"He also wanted to pounce at the screen, so it wasn’t the best arrangement."
Around the same time, Bryan and Jessica were remodelling their bedroom, which had a slanted roof – and suddenly an idea came to them.
He said: "Our roof has a very steep angle because we get a lot of snow in the winter.
"Because of this and an awkward but necessary window placement, a small and virtually unusable space was created in the bedroom.
"We thought at first we could use it for storage but with Wyatt’s television viewing habits on our minds, we were struck with inspiration."
Bryan found his old Kindle Fire tablet, some scrap lumber and paint, along with some flooring and then set about building Wyatt his very own room.
He said: "We first insulated and covered the walls and roof with leftover materials from the bedroom remodel, and it became clear this was becoming a miniature version of our actual bedroom.
"While I was building his bed from pieces of scrap wood, my wife was making his wall art.
"She made tiny frames from cut pieces of fabric of fancy cats, and even made a smaller version of a piece of art that we have of a black cat.
"Of course, she also put in a photo of me and her – a ridiculous one we took during quarantine of us recreating the painting American Gothic.
"We also took one of his stuffed fish toys and mounted it to a plaque as though he caught himself a trophy."
Jessica also cut old pillows to use as a mattress and used a matching pillow to create a bedspread.
Bryan said: "She sewed a few miniature pillows in crazy cat fabric and we just kept finding and adding little touches for him."
For the finishing touches, the couple used scrap wood to make a mounting frame that they could attach the Kindle to, so that it was out of Wyatt's reach.
Bryan said: "I screwed a dollar-store plastic picture frame to the wooden mount as a screen protector.
"He can smash it with his paws all he wants now and the worst thing that happens is he pauses the video – which is like he caught his prey."
The entire project cost just $20 (£14) as the couple used mainly upcycled materials.
And Wyatt can't get enough of his new room.
Brian said: "He goes in his room, stares at the blank screen and meows a few times to get our attention.
"Sometimes he will nap on the bed but mostly he uses it as a place to watch TV and store all of his toys and favourite objects, like pistachios we can’t open – his absolute favourite things of all time."