I now have the Zampa playpen up and running for shy Cindy. Today was the first day. I zipped her carrier–a soft dog crate type–up and moved her into the playpen by opening the mesh top. It seems to be working well. She has her carrier to retreat to if other cats try to smack the outside of the playpen. She seems confident in it, meaning she used her litter box, drank water, and ate without cringing. She just had her scoop of dry food for the day (a little less than 1/4 cup) and she did lift her head and look around every few minutes. Constant vigilence! But really, overall, she seems to like the playpen setup.
Nonetheless, I need to figure out how to play or pet her while she’s in there. I was hoping I could crawl inside. Realistically, I’d have to remove her box and then squeeze in, terrifying her I’m sure, and she’d bolt out the screen door. If she bolted while I was squeezing in, which is entirely possible, I’d likely get some scratches.
The funniest thing is that it took closing up the playpen and vaccuuming the whole living room for me to be inspired to take the playpen back out of the closet and really set it up for its intended purpose.
Here’s the setup. Not too exciting as you can’t really see her beautiful slate-gray fur through all the mesh:
Here’s an incident that happened tonight. The only one so far. Pearl REALLY wanted to get in. Pearl Messes with Cindy’s Playpen Setup