How do you make a cat tree

8 Free DIY Cat Tree Plans


Stacy Fisher

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If you're even a little bit handy with tools, you can build a DIY cat tree. You can build a cat tree using wood, branches, rope, PVC pipe, carpeting, and many more materials. It's a ​straightforward building project that you should be able to put together with ease for a reasonable cost. These 8 free cat tree plans include photos, diagrams, and step-by-step building instructions so you can build a cat tree that's perfect for your cat and the space you have to put it in.

Below, you'll find plans for the traditional cat tree but also for a cat condo, house, and simple stand.

10 Amazing Cat Trees You Have to See

  • 01 of 08

    By Brittany Goldwyn

    Brittany Goldwyn has designed this DIY cat tree that's more than just fun for your cat, it also looks like a piece of natural art you can place anywhere in your home.

    Using real tree branches, plywood, stones, rope, and faux greenery, your indoor kitty will love their new cat tower.

    There's a supplies list, building instructions, and color photos to help you build this beginning woodworking project.

    DIY Cat Tree With Real Branches from By Brittany Goldwyn

  • 02 of 08

    The Experimental Home

    The Experimental Home has a more elaborate cat tree plan that includes multiple perches, a hiding spot, a hammock, and all sorts of places to scratch and play with toys.

    Included in this free plan are a list of materials, written instructions, and color photos.

    How to Build a Cat Tree from The Experimental Home

  • 03 of 08


    This free cat tower plan at Imgur stands 6 feet tall with 2 platforms—one at the top and one a few feet from the base, as well as an empty, carpeted inside for the cat to move up and down through.

    There are several images in this plan as well as specific instructions on what to do to build the whole thing.

    Cat Tower Plan from Imgur

  • 04 of 08


    This is another cat tree that should be very simple to build. It's made up of five platforms with four supporting beams.

    The second half of this guide at wikiHow shows how to make a different cat tree by using an old wooden ladder.

    How to Make a Cat Tree from WikiHow

  • 05 of 08

    Ana White

    This free cat tree plan explains how to build three platforms with ramps to access them. The estimated cost to build this is $20 to $50, and it should be easy enough to put together even for beginners.

    There are a total of 10 steps in this guide, plus a tools and shopping list and several real pictures you can refer to as you move through them.

    A PDF version of this plan is also available.

    Kitty Tree from Ana White

  • 06 of 08


    The website Dadand has this one-page PDF file that serves as a guide for building a cat condo as seen in this picture.

    Including the bottom piece, this cat condo is comprised of four platforms and three support beams.

    The whole project is estimated to cost around $25 and take two hours to finish.

    Kitty Condo Plan from Dadand

  • 07 of 08


    HGTV has a free cat condo plan that uses PVC pipe covered with rope for the stand and three baskets that are attached with brackets that are just waiting for your cat to hop in.

    There's a materials list, color photos, and written instructions to help you complete this project in an afternoon.

    How to Make a Cat Condo from HGTV

  • 08 of 08

    Ryo Shinyashiki / EyeEm / Getty Images's free cat tree plan seems to have it all. It includes a top platform, small home, bed, and a tube, all of which are fully carpeted.

    The plan shows you everything you need for putting this together, including the list of materials, all the basic tools required, and 15 steps.

    Building a Cat Tree from Show Cats Online

    The 7 Best Cat Trees of 2022 for Large Cats and Kittens

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Cat Lovers! Learn How to Make a DIY Cat Tree Using Real Branches

This post shares my DIY cat tree using a real tree! Learn how to make a cat tree from a natural branch…yes, that I drug out from the woods.

How to Make a Cat Tree From a Real Tree and My Stunning DIY Cat Tree!

I have wanted to make a cat tree with real branches for a long time. It’s one of those projects that’s been bubbling up on my dream project wish list for a while. I am ecstatic with the finished tree!

One day while we were at my parents’ house, my dad and I went out into the woods behind their house and emerged with two branches. This is the cat tree before photo:

I had a big vision for these branches! But first I had to let them dry out indoors, so while I was doing that, I started browsing some inspiration for realistic-looking cat trees.

Some of my favorites are at Pet Tree Houses. They do some really stunning work. Here are some of my favorites. Definitely check them out if you’re in the market for a cat tree but don’t have the time to put in to doing one from scratch! (Image removed)

Since I’m not a professional woodworker and many of these trees were made by professionals, I tempered my expectations and decided to take bits and pieces from each design to incorporate in to something that I could realistically make.

I sketched out a super advanced design with a pencil and paper. Sit back and enjoy my skills:

So I actually didn’t end up being too far off from what I wanted. So with these fool-proof plans ready to go, I started gathering supplies.

Branches & support pieces:
  • A big branch and a small branch. My small one is about 3′ tall, and my big one is about 5.5′ tall
  • A paint scraper—like this one here
  • Minwax Stain in Natural and Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin
  • Small hand-held saw
  • Sisal for scratching post portions
  • Faux vines—mine are old from Jo-Ann (Note: don’t use faux plants if your cats like to eat them. My cats don’t touch them, but would eat and throw up real plants.)
  • 2″ x 48″ dowel, cut in two pieces for the scratchers (here)
  • 2.5″ wood screws
Base & platforms:
  • One piece of 3/4″ plywood cut to 2′ wide by 3′ long
  • 2 pieces of 1″ x 3″ x 8′ pine for the base’s ledge
  • Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Kona and Minwax Polyurethane in Semi-Gloss
  • Decorative rocks—browse them on Amazon here
  • Stepping stones from Lowe’s—here
  • Pine scrap pieces in various sizes for the platforms
  • Brown faux fur fabric—reused
Miscellaneous tools & supplies:
  • Miter saw
  • Drill—I have this one
  • Assorted sandpaper—I used 100 and 150 grit
  • Hand-held staple gun
  • Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive—it’s cheap and wonderful
  • Various sized nails and screws

And here are the DIY cat tree plans!

(Remember to wear a mask and eye protection while sanding and working with wood, and wear an appropriate mask while working with paints, stains, and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand. Do not use any tools without proper training, precautions, and supervision from a professional. Read my full terms of use here.)

Step 1: Scrape, sand, and finish the branches.

The first step for my DIY cat tree using a real tree was…to find a real tree and prep the branches! Once our branches were sufficiently dry, we stripped the bark off and then finished and sealed them. 

This is actually a lot of work, so I broke those steps out in to their own detailed post about how I stripped, stained, and sealed my branches! You can see my full post on how to finish branches for decor here. 

But here’s a glimpse at the very messy and very frustrating but very rewarding process:

After we stripped the bark off, we leveled the branches as best we could. Some people recommend a laser level, and while I’m sure that would have been 1000000% times easier, we leveled the tops and bottoms of the branches by eyeballing and then sawing off very small portions at a time.

Step 2: Attach the branches to the base and finish the base.

First, we pre-drilled holes in the branches. Our branches had a few cracks from drying, so we made sure to avoid those areas when drilling. We positioned and attached the branches to the main base piece, the plywood, by screwing 2.5″ screws up through the bottom of the plywood and into the branches.

We also added Liquid Nails on the bottom of each branch before screwing them on. Next, we built out and finished the base. We built a raised edge all the way around using 1″ x 3″ pine pieces cut to length.

This serves two purposes: it covered the rough edge of the plywood while also creating a space for rocks to make the tree bottom heavy. I stained the entire base in Kona and finished it with two coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.

Step 3: Create and install the scratching posts.

Once the base was finished and the two branches were attached, we worked on the scratching posts. We made the posts using a 2″ x 48″ wooden dowel cut in to two pieces.

I stained and finished these in Kona and semi-gloss poly to match the base and glued sisal rope around them. To get the sisal rope to stay while the glue dries, we shot in a few staples with a hand-held staple gun. (We removed to protect our cats’ claws when the glue dried.) 

Then we dabbed some Liquid Nails on the bottom of each post and screwed them in to the base just as we did the tree branches.

Step 4: Create the platforms.

I grabbed four scrap pieces of pine to use for the platforms. I loved being able to use these little pieces that had just been sitting around! The back scratching post platform is very small—more like a step stool for the little girl—while the front scratching post platform is a bit bigger.

The two higher platforms are about the same size—big enough for King Henry to max out. We also build out a tiny little ledge around the highest platform to coordinate with the base.

I decided to do a mix of stained (Kona) and finished (semi-gloss poly) platforms to match the base and platforms upholstered with faux-fur fabric. They had the same faux fur on their old cat condo, and they loved it, so I just reused that.

Step 5: Install the platforms.

We used a combination of Liquid Nails, screws, and a nail gun to secure each platform in place. Here’s my dad looking adorable while we were attaching the platforms!

Step 6: Add finishing touches!

Yay, almost done! Time for the finishing touches. I put a few cheap stepping stones and big rocks in the base to keep the tree bottom heavy. The rocks are big enough so that neither cat will understandably mistake the base for a litter pan and Henry won’t eat them (he is an asshole and eats lots of things he shouldn’t).

The stepping stones allow them to walk around the base and helped me keep costs down since they were so much cheaper than the rocks. I also picked up some faux vines to wrap around the branches. I would not have used these if our cats were into eat fake plants, though. They ignore them.

And here it is—Our DIY cat tree using a real tree in its home:

If you loved this, definitely check out my raised cat feeder DIY, my easy DIY catnip toys, my cat house side table build plans, and this roundup of DIYs your pets will love!

You’re going to love my total cost for this project. The tree I really loved was $800 (and used fake branches!). For my tree, I spent…


Here’s the breakdown of what I paid (I did use coupons for a lot of this):

  • Satin finish for the branches ($6.00)
  • Semi-gloss polyurethane ($6.47)
  • Faux vines ($12.99)
  • Decorative rocks and stepping stones ($25.07)
  • Lumber for the base ($13.14)
  • Wooden dowel ($7.98)
  • Liquid Nails (3. 47)

Everything else? It was found, foraged, already owned, or borrowed with the help of my sweet dad!

An update about our tree branch cat tree & more trees from readers!

I published an update post two years later to let you all know how the cat tree is holding up. Check out the updated cat tree post.

I have also had a few readers reach out to let me know they used this tutorial to make a tree for their kitties. They graciously allowed me to share them to help inspire you all to create your own!

Bryan’s tree…

Bryan has some great tips, and I love how he added the L-brackets to secure the top platform to a wall to prevent swaying. Thanks for sharing, Bryan!

Hello, just wanted to pass on a short note of thanks for you wonderful cat tower project design! I recently became a Cat Daddy again, and my new baby (Wesa-Ki) is a very energetic Maine Coon kitten. He’s been a climber from the word Go, so I started looking around for something not out-of-the-box for him to get his exercise and observations. When I found your blog post, I said “Oh YEAH!” 😉 It took me about 6 weeks of gradual work, and learning new tricks to do this solo, but I always love a good challenge.

A few tweaks from your design, I extended the base width to 4′, and since it wasn’t going in front of a window, I extended the short side tray pieces of the top platform to extend to the wall. Added a couple of L-brackets to secure it to the wall, and gained some great stability to the tall branch, as it had a bit of potential sway at 5.5′ tall. Even using a 5″ lag bolt to secure it to the base, and using baseboard brads around it, there was just a bit too much play in it, but it’s rock solid now! The kitty and I thank you again!

Helpful method for stabilizing if you don’t have an extra set of hands.Tree in progress.Finished tree.This is the platform that he attached to the wall with an L-bracket. Obviously wouldn’t work if you’re putting this in front of a window but is a fantastic solution for securing the tree to a wall to prevent sway!

Alex and Julia’s Tree…

My jaw dropped when I got this email from Alex and Julia. Their tree absolutely blew me away! I love how it goes from the floor to the ceiling. It truly looks like it is growing up through the house. I am now extremely jealous that my tree doesn’t do this, lol.

Here are a few things they did that I also loved—

  • After scraping all of the bark, they filled the cracks with resin: “The only real step we did that you didn’t was to fill the cracks with epoxy resin stained with mica powder in a dark chocolate colour and sanded it back to a smooth finish afterwards. It took ages!” Genius.
  • I love the “toadstools” as well. You can see how they made those by stacking batting in one of the pictures below with Julia.
  • The branch that stretches out far to the side of the main tree—you can see that it is pretty thin and might be wondering how it is supported. If you look closely at the pictures below, you can see that they added two L brackets to the wall to help.
  • On that same perch, they very smartly made the fur topper removable by using what looks like tied cord and hooks screwed onto the bottom of the perch. Excellent idea for washing, and I’ll probably do that when I get around to replacing ours!

Thank you Alex and Julia for sharing!!

Julia scraping the branch

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Branches and Support Pieces

  • A big branch and a small branch. My small one is about 3' tall, and my big one is about 5.5' tall
  • A paint scraper
  • Minwax Stain in Natural
  • Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin
  • Sisal
  • Faux vines
  • 2" x 48" dowel
  • 2.5" wood screws

Base & Platforms

  • One piece of 3/4" plywood cut to 2' wide by 3' long
  • 2 pieces of 1" x 3" x 8' pine for the base's ledge
  • Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Kona
  • Minwax Polyurethane in Semi-Gloss
  • Decorative rocks
  • Stepping stones from Lowe's
  • Pine scrap pieces in various sizes for the platforms
  • Brown faux fur fabric

Miscellaneous Tools & Supplies

  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Assorted sandpaper
  • Hand-held staple gun
  • Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive
  • Various sized nails and screws


    1. Scrape, sand, and finish the branches. For a detailed tutorial on how to do this read this post.
    2. Level the tops and bottoms of the branches by eyeballing and then sawing off very small portions at a time.
    3. Pre-drilled holes in the branches.
    4. Attach the branches to the main base piece, the plywood, by screwing 2.5" screws up through the bottom of the plywood and into the branches.
    5. Add Liquid Nails on the bottom of each branch before screwing them on.
    6. Build out and finish the base.
    7. Build a raised edge all the way around using 1" x 3" pine pieces cut to length.
    8. Stain the entire base in Kona and finished it with two coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.
    9. Make the scratching posts using a 2" x 48" wooden dowel cut in to two pieces.
    10. Stain and finished the scratching posts in Kona and semi-gloss poly to match the base, then glue sisal rope around them.
    11. Dab some Liquid Nails on the bottom of each post and screw them in to the base just like you did the tree branches.
    12. Create the platforms and cover with faux fur.
    13. Use a combination of Liquid Nails, screws, and a nail gun to secure each platform in place.
    14. Put a few cheap stepping stones and big rocks in the base to keep the tree bottom heavy.
    15. And you're done!


Note: don't use faux plants if your cats like to eat them.

A real tree for games: how to make a beautiful whatnot for a cat with your own hands | Lifestyle

Recently my husband and I were visiting friends and saw a completely unique thing: a real tree for a cat. Who knows, as they say, he will understand. I looked at my husband, and he understood without words: yes, we urgently need the same one. A month ago, we bought a Maine Coon kitten from a breeder, and this is not a kitten, but a perpetual motion machine that bites and gnaws everything that attracts its attention. Therefore, the next day, in the morning, the husband set to work and was so carried away that he did not notice how the day went. I want to say that the day was not lived in vain.

Materials and tools

To create a strong quality cat rack you will need:

  • saw;
  • grinder or sandpaper;
  • hot glue gun;
  • four boards;
  • three pieces of plywood or chipboard;
  • small package of concrete;
  • dry branches or thin trunks;
  • rope;
  • piece of artificial fur;
  • hammer, screws, nails.

In the production process, you can use everything that you have left, for example, after repairs. At the same time, we did an audit in the pantry and garage, while we were looking for all the necessary materials.

We make the base

We knock together the base from improvised materials, old boards will do. But of course, they are strong, there is no question of any cracks, because we will be pouring cement. It is in our interests to maintain the integrity of the structure. So, we knock together all the boards in the form of a box. Decide on sizes beforehand. They depend on in which part of the house or apartment you will install the tree. If your living space is not royal in scope, you should think about the size of the cat tree in advance. The cat will not be offended. Having firmly hammered together or glued the boards into a box, we make the bottom. To do this, cut out the bottom from a piece of plywood to size and nail it to our box. If you took old boards, then in order to do it yourself, you definitely need to process them. Use a grinder or sandpaper. Treat the surfaces well, do not forget the edges so that neither the pet nor you pick up a splinter. Cover the wood with any chemical impregnation to protect it from possible insects that settle in the wood and spoil the appearance. Dry well.

Installing the trees

This is one of the main stages, and it must be approached very responsibly, because the overall look depends on how you form the composition. And you will have to look at it until the moment when you have a cat or until you get tired of the cat tree. So think. We live in such an area that it is quite difficult to find dry solid branches. But one day there was such a strong thunderstorm that the neighbors broke off several fairly decent apple branches. We took them, everything will be useful in the household. So we thought at that time, and you see, it came in handy. Before pinning the branches, we made several trial versions and determined each one in its place. Still, appearance is very important. In addition, we put the second piece of plywood on top to determine its place in advance and remove all roughness. The husband also suggested cutting down the corners, rounding them off to give a more glamorous look. When everything suited us, we fixed the branches with screws and thus prepared the box for concreting.

Pouring concrete

I want to say right away. When we made repairs in the kitchen, they laid tiles. And for some reason, I got the idea to lay out the block with tiles too. The idea is not very good, and my husband very quickly convinced me of the uselessness of this undertaking. It took us about two small bags to fill the base with concrete. Concrete was prepared in the yard in two parts. Poured one layer immediately into the box, leveled, then the second layer. It also needs to be leveled as high as possible so that there are no various distortions. When everything is completely filled, leave it for a day to freeze. At this time, it is better not to move the box at all, so as not to violate the integrity of the concrete. Under load, it can crack, because the inside is not dry enough and seized. Lay the top plywood panel immediately after pouring the concrete.

We install the shelves

We install the shelves so that the cat can lie down after the box is completely ready. Here you can let your imagination run wild. It is not necessary to make ordinary rectangular shelves, as in store standard versions of cat trees.

Play with the shapes. Make sketches on thick paper or cardboard in full size, attach to the branches. Look for the perfect shapes and options for you. Maybe certain forms can be matched to the overall interior. We did not paint ours, we decided to preserve the most natural look. We install the shelves with screws, at least three on each side, so that the shelves can withstand any weight and pressure. Cats jump with different strengths and can simply tear off the board.

Scratching post

Perhaps the main thing. Cat owners will agree with me that it is very tiring to fight this feline bad habit. For us - harmful, for cats - quite natural. It is impossible to wean an animal from sharpening its claws, it is inherent in nature, but it is quite possible to direct it in the right direction and minimize harm. But then again, not everyone succeeds the first time. Our cat got used to it for a long time, but the friends whose idea of ​​a cat tree we used, the cat fell in love with this place at first sight.

To decorate the scratching post, you will need a tourniquet or rope. Experts advise installing it as close to the floor as possible. But we are watching our cat, and she, apparently, takes special pleasure in sharpening her claws at a height. Therefore, we personally made scratching posts at several levels. Make them from a tourniquet or rope. I recommend putting the rope on glue, not on nails, because the rope wears out pretty quickly. It is easy to remove it from the glue and install a new one. Glue the end of the rope to the trunk, then apply hot glue along the entire length of the rope and carefully wind it tightly around the branch. Reinforce the top end.

Platform Decoration

Now for the fun part - the decoration. What can be decorated in a cat tree? Of course, the platforms on which the cat will lie or sit. I called on all my imagination, but I only had enough for fur pillows. This is not the best idea, because fur, even artificial fur, is a real dust collector. Be careful if you have allergies in your family. But just a piece of artificial fur laid on a tree is not very comfortable. After all, cats love not only taller, but also softer. Therefore, I decided to lay foam rubber from an old sofa cushion under the fur. Can be used as an alternative to cotton wool, thin feather pillow or bamboo bedding. This is now our cat's favorite place in the whole house. Just wash this fur bedding more often, because in addition to dust, cat hair collects there. And this can negatively affect the health of the cat.

Alternative options

Everything, the tree for the cat's leisure time is ready. Put it in a convenient place and invite the cat. Show that this is her place now.

If you don't have a place and for various reasons you can't put such a tree in your house, don't be upset. Alternatively, you can use one small branch, of course, without pouring cement. I propose to strengthen the branch on the board with screws, install a small board for lying, make a scratching post. I think your cat will appreciate such a simple gift. My friends for a long time could not accustom their pet to a similar, but store design, so they used special chemicals. But this is for you, mind you. But in general, cats are very fond of such designs, and your pet will quickly get used to it.

Do-it-yourself house for a cat or a cat: designs, dimensions, 72 photos

If your cat or cat constantly disappears in the closet, scratches the wallpaper or sofa, hides under the covers and it bothers you, try making a cat corner. A properly made house for a cat or a cat will be a favorite place to spend time. All kinds of cat corners, with and without scratching posts, are full in stores, but this is not the same at all ... Made by yourself is better and more reliable ... You can develop it personally for the needs of your pet.

Article content

  • 1 Which option to choose?
    • 1.1 How to develop a design
    • 1.2 What to add
    • 1.3 Selection of height
    • 1.4 Wall options
  • 2 Materials
  • 2.1 Materials for the basis
  • 9001 sizes
  • 4 Instructions for making a house for two cats
    • 4. 1 Preparing the platforms and fixing them to the posts
    • 4.2 Assembling the body of the house
    • 4.3 Wrapping the poles
  • 5 House from a box and a T-shirt in two minutes
  • 6 Photos of interesting cat houses / complexes
  • Which option 7 Additional video ideas
  • to choose
  • Building a cat house is not that difficult, but you need to choose the right design. After all, I want something made with my own hands to be actively exploited, and not just standing there to collect dust. To make your cat or cat like the house, take a closer look at where the pet prefers to spend time, what he likes to do, where he prefers to relax - climbing higher or on the floor ... In general, you need to select the design of the cat house based on the habits of your pets.

    Choosing a design is the first thing to do

    How to design a design

    Cats and cats may have different preferences. For example, cats prefer houses with two entrances - in case of emergency evacuation of offspring. Therefore, many people like pipes or structures similar to them. At the same time, they do not like a hole that is too large, as it is necessary to feel in a shelter. Therefore, the entrance / exit to the house must be made not too large so that the pet can easily pass into it, but no more. And one more thing: not all cats like houses that stand on the floor - cats live in them with kittens. "Singles" prefer shelters at a height, although this is also not a fact, and depends on the habits of the individual.

    For a cat with kittens, a house standing on the floor is suitable.

    Cats prefer to spend time at a height, watching everything that happens around them. They rarely sit in the house, but on the playgrounds they can wallow for hours. If you have a cat, make more areas, and of solid size - so that the animal can lie stretched out to its full height without the risk of falling. Railings, if needed, are only for the highest shelves and obviously not around the perimeter, but only from the back and a little from the sides. In general, males feel great even on sites without any fences: there are no fences on the trees. Railings are needed more for the peace of mind of the owners than for cats.

    The lower floor is usually ignored.

    And by the way, there are cats who like to sit on the grounds no less than cats. So they also need viewpoints, just like cat houses. You never know, maybe he will be in a bad mood and he will decide to hide from you there. So yes, we didn’t simplify the task of choosing, but that’s exactly the way it is - until you try, you won’t understand what your pet needs.

    What to add

    When owners say “cat house”, they usually mean a whole cat complex, which, in addition to the house itself, has playgrounds and a number of additional devices. Usually one or two sites are actively used, while the rest are only occasionally visited. But the fact is that you don’t know in advance what your pet will like.

    Useful additions to the cat house are scratching posts and climbing frames. Scratching posts are vertical surfaces that are usually wrapped with natural fiber rope.

    We recommend reading the article "How to make a scratching post for a cat with your own hands."

    Climbing boards - horizontal and inclined boards, on which cats can move from one level to another. Scratching posts, by the way, can also be used as climbing frames - animals climb on them to the upper tiers.

    Climbing chairs and hammocks - that's what cats usually like

    What else can be in a cat complex? Hammocks. Usually it is a piece of rectangular fabric, fixed on two crossbars. Another option is also possible - a rigid frame with a fabric sewn to it or a piece of fabric suspended at four corners from the platform.

    Hammock and pipe combo - one of the "light" options for the cat corner

    Some other cats like pipes. They are sewn from fabric, for rigidity a circle or an oval of wire is inserted into both ends. One end is fixed higher, the other is thrown down. The main thing is that a gap is visible at the end of the tunnel, otherwise you won’t lure the cat any tighter. It turns out a good place for an ambush, in which some furry hunters like to spend time.

    Brushes are a very handy thing for scratching, groping when the owner is not around. Scratching posts allow you to protect furniture from cat claws - it's cheaper than buying a

    anti-vandal sofa There is another feature that cats like, but which not many people know about - clothes brushes nailed to vertical surfaces approximately at the level of your pet's back. The bristles on the brush are artificial, of medium hardness. Try it, your pet will be happy!

    Altitude selection

    In general, the rule is true for cats - the higher the better. Therefore, the height of the house that you want to make with your own hands can be whatever you are ready to make it - even to the very ceiling. And no matter how many tiers it has, most often the top one will be occupied. And if there are several cats, there will be a “leader” at the top, and it is this place that will always be contested.

    This is a whole cat playground

    The minimum height of a cat corner is about a meter. Such low structures are safe even for kittens, however, they quickly grow up and then want to climb higher.

    Wall-mounted versions

    Not even the largest cat house takes up about a meter of floor space. It is not always possible to allocate such a space. For such cases, there are wall options for cat corners. Houses and platforms are attached to the wall in the chosen place by any available method. Where directly - with nails to the wall, somewhere with the help of brackets. Transitions are made between the fixed parts. From boards - straight and inclined, rope ladders, rungs are stuffed at a distance of 10-15 cm from each other, steps are made in the form of a ladder ... In general, everything is limited only by your imagination.

    Wall-mounted "simulators" for cats

    Such wall-mounted corners for cats are also called shelves for cats, since the construction is very similar to traditional bookshelves. By the way, the furry ones love them very much and actively move around.

    Choice of materials

    The cat house, with all the accessories, is usually assembled from building debris. This is quite justified, because many (or all) surfaces of the finished structure will be sheathed with fabric, textiles, entangled with ropes, etc. So if there are leftover building materials, you can use them. There are two requirements for materials (all):

    1. They should not have a strong odor. In any case, one that perceives the human nose. Natural smells (wood, wool, etc.) do not count. If the material was recently purchased and there is a chemical smell, hold it outside to let it air out.
    2. Materials must not be electrified. Static discharges are very unpleasant for cats, so they do not like open plastic surfaces. Also, do not use silk.
    Different designs but same materials

    Requirements are all, but there are still wishes. Do you want your cat to quickly and actively master the house? Soak building materials for a while in the house. They will be saturated with familiar smells, will be examined by a curious beast. The complex made “from settled” materials in the house will be accepted with greater favor.

    Materials for the base

    If you look at the photo, the cat house consists of different parts and they can be made from different materials. The list of basic materials is as follows:

    Only the trunk of a tree, as a material for a cat complex, requires explanation. Everything is literally: take a tree, clean it from the bark if it crumbles. Branches are used as stands for placing houses, playgrounds, baskets.

    What to sheathe

    Twisted rope made of natural fibers is suitable for arranging scratching posts: jute, linen, hemp, sesal, etc. Take a thicker diameter and several tens of meters at once - if the base is not wooden, you will have to wrap all the pipes with a rope.

    Shelves and houses are sheathed with dense material with a short pile, usually carpet. The shorter and denser the pile, the better. Long and shaggy only look good, and while they are new - over time, dust, wool, various garbage fill up in them and the cat's house becomes the cause of allergies (yours or cat's).

    Upholstery/upholstery - not too fleecy

    Upholstery color, for cats it doesn't matter at all - they do not react to colors. Therefore, you can choose "under the interior", the most "practical" color, the color of the pet's coat, contrasting with the cat's coat ... any.


    To make your DIY cat house safe, you need to think about fasteners. It is undesirable to use self-tapping screws, since wool can cling to them, staples should not be used either - they can be dangerous for claws (both types of fasteners are suitable if covered with upholstery). There are, in fact, only two types of fasteners left: glue and nails, and the glue is only PVA. It is normally tolerated by cats, since after drying it does not smell. Ropes and upholstery are glued to it, and shelves, houses and everything else are nailed.

    Cat climbs with hammocks

    You can also make it safe to use self-tapping screws. Under the cap, drill a hole with a diameter greater than the diameter of the cap, install fasteners, cover with putty. Yes, just like in the manufacture of furniture, but what can not be done for the safety of the pet.

    And one more thing: if the cat complex turned out to be too high, it is better to fix it. To the floor or to the wall, or both to the floor and to the wall. Otherwise, there may be problems - there were cases when cats brought down the structure.

    Photo with dimensions

    No matter how much we talk about the construction of a cat house, the best way to understand the dimensions is to use the drawings with dimensions. If you look closely at them, you will notice a solid run. This is understandable - there are large and small cats, respectively, and the size of the cat house will be larger / smaller. You can adjust them yourself depending on the size of your pets or the available area.

    Photo of cat houses with sizesThree options for cat corners with sizes

    The height of the presented structures is rather big - 180 cm and above, but you can reduce it by removing the floors that you think are unnecessary. All these dimensions can be taken as a basis to develop your own layout, put down approximate dimensions. Having a drawing in hand, you can start purchasing materials and manufacturing.

    Instructions for making a house for two cats

    There are two cats in the family. The older one is an aggressor cat and the younger one is more mobile. Therefore, the design was designed so that the younger one could hide on the highest platform, and the older one, due to his weight, could not get there. They decided to place the house high, as both cats prefer height. They made it larger in size so that both individuals could be there at the same time.

    Initial material and results of labor

    For this construction, thick furniture plywood (12 mm) 75 * 50 cm in size, poles made of timber 50 * 70 (4. 2 m), jute-based carpet - 1 * 2.5 meters, 20 meters of rope. Fasteners - corners. For a house - 15 * 20 mm, for mounting sites - 40 * 45 mm, 55 * 20 and 35 * 40 - for insurance, and a couple of large ones - for attaching to the wall.

    Preparing the platforms and attaching them to the poles

    There are three poles in the selected design: one 220 cm, the second 120 cm and the third 80 cm. They will be attached to the base of the plywood sheet. On the base it is necessary to place the pillars so that the longest one is closer to the wall. In order not to confuse, when marking on a sheet, using a ruler and a pencil, they first drew a stencil on paper, on which the arrangement of the pillars relative to each other was applied. From the finished layout, the markup for installing pillars was transferred. They were fastened with long nails through the base (4 pieces each), having drilled holes of a slightly smaller diameter in the plywood. Then they were fixed outside with corners 55 * 20 for a large pillar and 35 * 40 for smaller ones.

    Marking - the most basic

    Using the same template, on the platforms they marked the place where the poles passed, then, according to the markup, holes were cut out for them. To do this, they took a 12 mm feather drill, drilled holes in the corners marked for the installation of squares, into which the jigsaw blade fits perfectly. From experience: it is better to make cuts under the pillars a millimeter or two more. Platforms are still held by the corners, and if you make the slot too small, you have to finish it with a file or sandpaper for a long time.

    Fasten the prepared platforms

    Before installing the platform, we “try it on”, adjusting the slots if necessary. Having placed the platform horizontally (using the building level) at the desired level, mark with a pencil where the platform stands. According to this markup, we then set the corners, so that we make clear marks, from all four sides. When all platforms are properly installed, we upholster them with carpet.

    House body assembly

    Two pieces of plywood 75x50 cm cut into 4 rectangles. They made a roof, a floor and two side walls. During the manufacture of one of the shelves, a piece of plywood with a semicircular hole on the side was left. It was decided to make it an “entrance”, and the back wall was cut out from one of the pieces. It remains to assemble the house, which is not difficult at all. Small metal corners were used, which were fastened with short self-tapping screws.

    Preparing a “nest” for a cat

    Before the house was covered with a roof, it was boarded up from the inside, thus closing the fasteners and increasing comfort. Working inside the case is not so convenient, but you can handle it. The roof was beaten on both sides, after which it was fixed using the same corners, but placing them outside. Not very pretty, but not deadly. The finished house was fixed in the place allotted to it. The corners helped out again, but larger ones - 35 * 40 mm.

    We wrap the posts

    The last step is to wrap the posts, making a scratching post. Fastening the rope to the pole is easiest with staples. A few staples and you're done. Further, tightly pressing one turn to another, we wrap the pillars in a spiral. We reach the barrier, fix the rope with staples again and continue on the next section.

    As it turned out, the rope had to be pounded with a hammer...

    From experience, I must say that no matter how hard we tried, the coils of the rope did not fit one to the other very tightly, over time, they “mellowed out” and began to “ride” up / down a little. Having done the work on the mistakes, they found a way: after laying a few turns, we knock them out with a hammer. Everything is simple, but if I knew in advance ... That's all, we made a house for a cat with our own hands. It took about 6 hours.

    See the video below for a similar design.

    House made of a box and a T-shirt in two minutes

    For the simplest and most budgetary option, a minimum of “ingredients” is needed:

    • Cardboard box of a suitable size;
    • Old T-shirt;
    • Wide tape.

    All you need is a mounting knife and scissors.

    Photos of interesting cat houses/complexes

    Living next to us for years, cats become not just pets, but family members. I want to create all the conditions for them to be comfortable, so the owners are trying, inventing more and more new devices / designs. We have collected some interesting ideas in this section.

    A different approach for a different number of cats, but the ideas are interesting

    Compact "high-rise building"

    Shelves for cats - the name is clearly not accidental ...

    Making a cat bed in the form of a whatnot is an interesting idea. Just like a cat's climbing frame from a ladder

    Cat bedside table…

    It's not cold… A hammock near the radiator

    When the window sill is too narrow…

    For lovers of high altitude.

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