“…I saw you measuring some baskets. Do you really pick out the baskets for your cats or do they decide which ones they like?” — Julie
A little of both although in the last couple of years I am getting pickier about the baskets I bring into the house.
When I first started using baskets to hold magazines and books, I selected rectangular ones so I could fit two magazines side by side. I had them placed next to chairs and sofas to make the contents easier to reach.
With a little more creativity, I now have them on and under furniture, which means my cats like to use them as well.
If you are starting your basket shopping, measure the cat curled up that you think will use a basket. Having that measurement will give you a better idea of what basket size you need.
The basket being used in the photo is the same size as another basket another cat uses to sleep in every night so it was a pretty safe bet.
If I run across another possible basket, though, I do measure it before bringing it home. I also note the handle space to ensure there is enough clearance for entering and exiting by feline visitors.
To help keep baskets clean, I line the bottoms with an extra soft kitchen towel so I can wash and replace them every week.
Now even after all of this, if you have two baskets and you decide to use one for magazines, it’s been my experience that will be the basket the cat will want.
It’s a feline thing.