Make Your Own Kitty Diaper in Under 5 Minutes Using Old Underwear

Make your own kitty diaper - materials needed

Ever since we adopted Rockette, I’ve always been on the lookout for the easiest ways to make your own kitty diaper.

For those who don’t know yet, Rockette is paraplegic. We got her from a neighbor who said she was caught in a door as it was being closed shut. 🙁

For some time now, I’ve been using disposable baby diaper that I make holes in for the tail. (Human diapers cost only a fraction of pet diapers!). I alternate disposable diapers with large old socks that I line with panty liners, because diapers can get expensive, plus generate a lot of garbage.

But Rockette is growing up so quick, and can now hardly fit into the socks. So I thought I’d sew cloth diapers for her, since I’m cheap and don’t want to buy the ones commercially sold. (I have an inexpensive electric sewing machine I got for about 400 pesos from Lazada).

As I was looking for clothes that I can recycle into cat diapers, I saw old underwear, and got a spark of inspiration! Underwear is already shaped to into the desired shape, and already has elastic around the waist and leg holes!

So I went to work, and within a few minutes, Rockette had a new diaper!

I’d like to share this DIY cat diaper that I you can create in under 5 minutes from old underwear.

Materials Needed

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - materials

  1. Old underwear (best to use wide ones, a.k.a granny panties, not like the one in these photos)
  2. Scissors
  3. Safety pin
  4. Panty liner

Easy Steps to Make Your Own Kitty Diaper from Old Underwear

1. Cut the leg holes on the side of the underwear as shown in the photo. The front of your underwear should be on the back of your cat.

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - where to cut

2. Cut the top part of the back side to the desired length from cat’s waist to butt end.

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - length

3. Make a small hole near the bottom for the tail.

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - tail hole

4. Place a panty liner on the inside. I usually cut it into 2 to cover a wider area.

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - steps

5. Use a safety pin to secure the diaper. (Obviously, you’ll put the pin with the cat wearing the diaper already, but I took this photo without the cat to illustrate).

DIY cat diaper from old underwear - finished product

And that’s it! Super simple and easy. Here’s a photo of Rockette wearing the first one I made.

Rockette wearing DIY cat diaper from old underwear

Note that I also use some elastic bands that I put together as suspenders to keep the cloth diaper from falling off. I’ve been using these suspenders with the old socks, and now I can use them with the old underwear. 🙂

I hope you learned something from this article. If you have other ideas on how to create your own cat diaper easily, please share them in the comments!

Working as a Home-based Freelancer in the Philippines

perks of working as a home-based freelancer

I have been working as a home-based freelancer in the Philippines for the past few months now. As some of you know, I left a full-time job at the academe due to a host of factors, and one of them primarily was the highly stressful life of being a professor.

I struggled at the start, earning peanuts for what most would consider excellent work. But I kept at it, and slowly gained the trust of clients who were willing to pay more for what I had to offer.

I currently earn roughly the same working as a home-based freelancer now as what I did when I was still teaching full time at university. But this is all without the things people hate the most about going to work:

  • Traffic
  • Cranky coworkers
  • Inefficient staff
  • Getting up before 7am
  • Having to file for a leave if you need to take your dog to the vet
  • (I’m sure you can add more to this list)

I’ve had to learn so many new things in a very short span of time to be able to keep up with the demands of my clients. In the freelancing world, your MSc, PhD, or any of your degrees and academic accomplishments don’t matter.

Experience matters. Soft skills matter. And the willingness to embrace change, approach life with an open heart and mind, and the spirit to discover things you never thought you’d ever be capable of doing.

The key is adaptation and the ability to find what’s important in this digital age where we are drowning in a vast ocean of unimportant things.

For the time being, I love working as a home-based freelancer. I love the flexibility that being a freelancer allows. I work when I want to. I sleep/take naps when I want to. I go out when I want/need to.

I’m even more environmentally friendly because I don’t use a vehicle to go to work, and I eat home cooked meals.

And the best part of it all is I go to work in my pajamas (sometimes even just underwear, lol).

I personally know someone who is earning thousands of US$ per month working  as a home-based freelancer in the Philippines. I’m nowhere near that figure, but I’m getting decent money, and a great “work-life balance”, so I think I’m not planning to look for a full-time job anytime soon! 🙂

September Vegetable of the Month is Lubi-lubi (Ficus pseudopalma)

Lubi-lubi young leaves

LUBI-LUBI or PALM LEAF FIG

Scientific name: Ficus pseudopalma

Family: Moraceae (Fig family)

Common names: Lubi-lubi, Niog-niogan, Palm Leaf Fig, Philippine Fig

The Philippines is home to thousands of endemic species, and one of them is a fig locally known as Lubi-lubi. I’ve known about this plant since I took up a plant taxonomy course in college, but I only learned that it was also eaten as a vegetable during my field work in La Mesa Watershed when I was already an Assistant Professor.

Lubi-lubi plant
The only lubi-lubi plant we have in our garden is in a pot that’s too small!

This is such a strange-looking fig plant, that when encountered for the first time by an American botany professor whom I hosted when I was still working in UP Diliman, he was puzzled for several moments before he realized that it was indeed a fig. The ‘pseudopalma’ part of its scientific name means ‘fake palm’, due to its palm-like appearance.

Lubi-lubi leaves
The leaves of lubi-lubi are arranged in a palm-like manner, hence the scientific name Ficus pseudopalma.

Be proud that Lubi-lubi is endemic to our country, which means it’s found only here! (Note: It has been brought to other countries as an ornamental, but they don’t bear viable seeds).

This shrub or small tree grows in early successional areas that don’t get too dry during the summer. The ones I’ve seen are not cultivated at all, but are rather “hulog ng langit” (fallen from the sky); they are easily dispersed by fig-eating animals. As long as its fig wasps are present, the fruits will get pollinated and ripen.

Lubi-lubi fruits
Unripe figs or syconia of Lubi-lubi.

We got Lubi-lubi plant in these photos from a friend at the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Inc. when it was still tiny. It’s now bearing fruits (syconia, if you want to be more technical), but unfortunately, I think there aren’t any of the specific pollinator wasps in our area, hence the figs do not ripen. As you can see, the plant is thriving, even though it is in a pot.

The young shoots are the ones consumed, and you’ll maybe notice in the photo that we’ve been picking them. Usually though, the entire apex is harvested, but that kills the apical bud. That may encourage lateral branching, but we don’t do it for fear of killing the plant. Let me know if you’ve ever done it and whether the plant lived or died.

Lubi-lubi in the market
The entire apex is harvested and sold in markets in the Bicol Region. (Photo courtesy of Market Manila)

Pick the young leaves while they’re still reddish. Otherwise, they’ll be too fibrous to eat. This vegetable is popular in the Bicol Region, where it is usually cooked in coconut milk, onions, garlic, and of course lots of hot chili peppers. It also has folkloric uses for the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, kidney stones.

August Vegetable of the Month is an Edible Mushroom

Edible mushrooms in the Philippines

PARASOL MUSHROOM or KABUTE

Scientific name: Macrolepiota albuminosa (formerly Agaricus albuminosus or Termitomyces albuminosus)
Family: Agaricaceae (Button Mushroom Family)
Common names: Parasol mushroom, Kabute, Uong, Mamarang

It has been raining non-stop for about a week, and mushrooms have been sprouting like crazy everywhere. So I thought that we’ll digress from featuring green vegetables for just this month, and talk about edible mushrooms in the Philippines. Just to jog your memory, mushrooms belong to a completely different taxonomic kingdom than plants or animals. 😉

There are several kinds of edible mushrooms in the Philippines that can be cultivated, but this one is very rarely, if ever, grown commercially. This is why you’ll never find this in the markets all year round. We’ve only ever obtained this particular type of mushroom by foraging around, and never from the market.

We are lucky enough to have an area in the garden as well as access to vacant lots in the village where mushrooms appear every year during the rainy season. Mushrooms are just one of the lovely things that rains bring about!

Edible mushrooms in the Philippines are usually associated with Chinese dishes, for some reason. I personally love them in soups and omelets. Cook them however you will, they’re packed with fiber, proteins, B Vitamins and minerals!

To encourage growth in the garden, keep an area relatively shaded with trees, allow the fallen branches and leaves to decay instead of sweeping them away. Alternatively, go mushroom-hunting in your vicinity. You’ll usually find this variety growing under the shade of trees in areas that are damp.

Just be careful and make sure that the mushrooms you pick are the edible kind and not the poisonous ones! There are poisonous mushrooms that look similar to this edible one, so it goes without saying that you should do your research first to confirm if what you have is edible or not.