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Every Cat Needs a Clubhouse

Every cat needs a clubhouse. A place to meet with friends and hold secret meetings.

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Obviously a cat needs food and shelter. And several litter boxes. But a cat also needs a clubhouse.

Charlie, my assistant, and I hold our weekly meetings in my new clubhouse. We don’t have a door we can close, but we rarely talk about anything that the other cats or Mrs. Hodges can’t listen too. When we have secrets to tell, we just whisper.

What you need to build a clubhouse

You need a cardboard box and a sharp knife to build a clubhouse. A serrated steak-knife words best. Stab the box and then use the steak-knife as though it is a saw. Oh, and you need thumbs.

Mrs. Hodges had to make my clubhouse for me, as I don’t have thumbs. Forgive me for continually talking about my lack of thumbs. I don’t often lament the inability to pick a penny off the sidewalk, open the front door or a can of tuna. I truly don’t mind not having to clean the seven litter boxes.


A Clubhouse is a good place to take a nap

What you can do in a clubhouse

In a clubhouse you can dream of all the mice you want to catch. You can feel safe and protected. In a clubhouse a cat can have a safe place to rest and take a nap without having to worry that they will get stepped on or have someone drop a piece of peanut butter toast on them.

A human might want their own clubhouse. You just need a bigger box.

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Does your cat have a clubhouse? Maybe you can make them one today, after you feed them and clean their litter box.

And to my cat friends, Skittles, Milo, Oscar, Angela, Tristan, Beau, Latte, and Amindele, maybe your friends with thumbs can help you build one.

Edelweiss, you are a dog. Maybe you would like a cardboard den too. But, I think you might just eat it. And Freja, please ask Charlotte to make you a cardboard box den. I think you have cardboard boxes in Sweden.

All my best,
Love Pooh

p.s. Martha is doing much better. She can go for short walks and she can get up from her bed herself. However, she doesn’t like her medicine. Mrs. Hodges has to give it to her as she keeps spitting it out when we hide it in her food.

p.s.s. If I didn’t mention you by name, my dearest cat friends. Please forgive me. I do love all of you.

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About Pooh Hodges

I have had a hard life. Born to a single mother in a back alley in Wisconsin. I never knew my father. My sister died young. I am writing my story. Look for it.

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  • Sajid Reza Karim

    Dear Pooh,
    I agree with you.Everyone needs it.It is important.I hope you enjoy yours as I enjoy mine. 🙂

    • My dearest Sajid,
      How nice of you to stop by and say hello. Mrs. Hodges has been looking for a refrigerator cardboard box so she can have a clubhouse too.
      All my best,
      Love Pooh

  • Skittles Anderson

    Hello Pooh,

    We love cardboard boxes, the big guy will bring home different sizes and shapes from time to time, so are only big enough for one of us, some can hold two of us, and every once in a while he will bring home a long enclosed box, and it’s like a “cat cave”. One of our favorite places to hold meetings in on the bed when he brings in nice warm towels from the dryer. We are glad to hear that Martha is doing better, Give her our regards.

    Your Friend,


  • La McCoy

    Dear Pooh,
    I got so excited when Mom read me about your Club house! Then I got so excited when you said I would like one too. I really do need one. A pup needs a place to go when mom gets mad or dad gets frustrated. I promise i would not eat it. I promise.
    OF course i do have a crate. Mom named it a crib. that is like a club house.
    Please tell Martha how very happy we are that she is feeling better. I have hurt my leg a few times lately. So I know a girl needs her leg. Love you, Edelweiss.

    • Dearest Edelweiss,
      I am so sorry to hear you are hurt your leg. Perhaps you really do need a clubhouse. Have your mom or dad accidentally dropped a piece of toast on your let?
      Just remember to not eat your clubhouse.
      Love Pooh

  • Berdeane Bodley

    Oh Pooh, what a great idea, a cat den, I remember our cat Blackie used to have a cat den which he shared with Sparky, oh & Pierre too. I think people should be so lucky!! Good to hear Martha is doing better. I have been keeping busy working on my 1000 piece “Cat” puzzle santa brought me for Christmas. It is very challenging, it is tottallya puzzle of cats!! Oh I forgot, i came across 1 dog & a bunny too, other than that, cats, cats, cats……Nana xoxo

    • My dearest Nana,
      Would you like Mrs. Hodges to help you make a cardboard clubhouse to sit in? Would you please share a photograph of your cat puzzle once it is finished.
      Santa is very smart. Perhaps I will ask for one next year.
      All my best,
      Love Your grandson, Pooh

  • Kathy

    Pooh, your cat den sounds like a safe, secure place to just hang out or have your meetings with your assistant, Charlie. Oscar and Angela have three cat boxes scattered throughout the house. They do not have a “roof” as you do and maybe that is why they just sleep in whatever box they like. Mrs. Scott has provided nice fleece blankets to line the boxes which makes a comfortable spot to nap. One box in the office gives them a good vantage point to watch Mrs. Scott do her writing. I wish they would act as a muse, but it seems they only sleep or try to walk on the key board for attention. We may try to construct a box like yours in order to bring some more literary chats into our home. Keep writing and enjoying the cozy chamber!

    • Hello my dearest Kathy,
      Please give my best to Oscar and Angela. I will ask Mrs. Hodges to provide some nice fleece blankets as well. However, on a hot day, a nice cool piece of cardboard does feel comfortable.
      What kind of writing do you do Kathy? Perhaps the cats are trying to help you when they walk across the key board.
      I wish you all my best,
      Love Pooh

      • Kathy

        I’m writing a YA novel about a young girl who finds shelter in her aunt and uncle’s home. Her abusive father dies and she is faced with how to deal with difficult emotions. I’ve been working on this for over three years. It is good to have some distraction as the cats walk over for attention. Even though they step on the keyboard, they must be trying to encourage me!