How to build a cat house

How to build a cat house

This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a cat house. If you have cats then you should probably build them a nice shelter to protect them from the cold weather and from precipitation. This cat house has a 2×2 frame and outdoor walls made from 1/2″ plywood. Add a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to protect them from decay.

This cat house can be easily converted to an insulated shelter, if you add insulation sheets to the walls. In this manner, your favorite pets can use the shelter even during the cold winter days. From our experience, we recommend you to invest in quality materials, otherwise the cat house won’t be durable and won’t have a beautiful appearance. Always align the components at both ends and drill pilot holes, to prevent the wood from splitting.

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Outdoor Cat House Plans

How to build a cat house

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 14”, 3 pieces – 16″ long FLOOR FRAME
  • B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 14″x19″ long FLOORING
  • C – 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 19”, 1 piece – 10 1/4″, 2 pieces – 10″ FRONT WALL
  • D – 2 piece of 2×2 lumber – 12 1/2″, 2 pieces – 10″ SIDE WALL
  • D – 2 piece of 2×2 lumber – 11″, 1 piece – 10″ SIDE WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 19″, 3 pieces – 10″ BACK WALL
  • 2 1/2″ screws
  • 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
  • 3/4″ plywood – 24″x24″

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits
  • Add trims to the cat house
  • Secure the walls to the floor frame with galvanized screws
  • One Week

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How to build an outdoor cat house

How to build a cat house

The first step of the outdoor cat house project is to build the floor frame from 2×2 lumber. Cut the components at the right components and then secure them together with 2 1/2″ screws. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the 14″ long components and insert the screws into the perpendicular components.

How to build a cat house

Attach a piece of 3/4″ plywood to the floor frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes through the floor and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the joists.

How to build a cat house

Assemble the back wall for the cat house from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush, for a professional result.

How to build a cat house

Build the front wall from 2×2 lumber as well. Cut the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.

How to build a cat house

Build the left side wall from 2×2 lumber. Use 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the walls tightly.

How to build a cat house

Build the right wall frame from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the frame together tightly.

How to build a cat house

Fit the wall frames to the floor of the cat house. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor. Make sure you align the edges flush, for a professional result.

How to build a cat house

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix the issue if necessary.

Thank you for reading our project about how to build an outdoor cat house and we recommend you to check out the rest of the projects. Don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE our projects with your friends, by using the social media widgets.

By Jeremy S Cook

Jeremy S Cook

Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

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Cats may appear to be independent creatures. Unlike dogs, who generally need some soft of interaction with humans at least daily, cats can be left to their own devices for days without skipping a beat. Regardless, they still need a place to rest, and these builds should do the trick nicely!

Jimmy DiResta’s Cat Temple

At the time this “house” was made, DiResta has just obtained “Spike” the cat in a deal involving the contents of a wood shop. As he looks like an emperor lounging around, his house is made in the appropriate Greco-Roman style.

Your House, Now for Cats

If you love cats, you could build a house or cat tree for them. If you’re Greg Krueger, you instead make your entire house into a cat maze.

Crocheted Cat Cave

When you think about shelter, crocheting probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. This proves to be an exception to the rule, and seems to work well in indoor environments. You can check out plans for this cloth contraption here.

Outdoor Cat House from a Plastic Box

If you value function above form for your cat abode, this plastic cat shelter might be for you. The clever design is simply a plastic box, stacked inside of a larger plastic box, with insulation in between. A PVC pipe fitting installed as a door. As simple as it is, it should be able to stand up to the elements nicely.

Styrofoam Cat House

If you thought the plastic box cat house was cost-effective, this Styrofoam cooler might actually make that one look expensive! As an added bonus, the parts for this house apparently come with a set of steaks!

Cardboard Cat House

Another cost-effective cat dwelling, this cone-shaped cat house actually looks quite stylish. The instructables article for it uses a knife to cut each layer, though a laser cutter could also be used.

Cat Bookshelves and House

Cats seem to like bookshelves, so it seems only fitting that these are made with a cat in mind. Several shelves form a sort of stairway up to a box for the cat (Moe) to hang out in (or on). Finishing this build off is a suspension bridge from the last bookshelf to the house. Moe was leery of the bridge to begin with, but now uses it without hesitation to get to his perch.

By Jeremy S Cook

Jeremy S Cook

Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

Build a homemade cat tower out of wood and PVC pipe and keep your feline friend entertained all day.

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How to build a cat house

Cat lovers know how much their feline friends love to climb, hide, and scratch. That’s what makes a cat tower the perfect home accessory. If your beloved cat scratches the sofa, climbs the curtains, or lolls about in your laundry basket, it’s time to make a cat tower for them to climb and play on.

If your tower has the basic elements—height, a scratching surface, and a place to lounge—that’s all your cat needs. Your tower can be as elaborate as you want it to be, with multiple platforms, posts, and lounging spots. Cat tower designs are limited only by the confines of your imagination.

How to Make a Cat Tree at Home

1. Choose the location for your cat tower

Some are purposely window-height to allow for feline sunbathing and sightseeing. Others reach all the way to the ceiling, offering Tabby penthouse views of his or her domain.

  • Whatever location you choose, make sure the structure fits; you don’t want to build something and then find it’s too big for the space. Once you decide where it’s going to go, start designing.

2. Design your cat tower

Typical designs include pillars coming up from a base with different levels of lounging platforms; your tower can be as basic or elaborate as you want it to be.

  • Sketch your ideas before cutting any materials.

How to build a cat house

If you are a happy cat owner, you may need some furniture for your pets, to amuse, entertain and make them feel at home. Cat trees and cat towers are amazing for your cat to climb, scratch, sleep and much more plus cats love staying somewhere up. Here are some ideas to build cool cat trees and cat towers yourself, no money wastes involved!

The tall, narrow tower with a wide base easily fits in an unobtrusive way into a corner or in front of a window. Learn how easy and inexpensive it is to make cat condo where kitty can climb, scratch and nap – just read the tutorial and make it for your pet or pets! The project won’t cost you a lot, and the result is no worse than a bought one.

How to build a cat house

DIY three-level cat tree with carpet covered parts (via www.diynetwork.com)

Usual cat trees aren’t about any real trees, this is just a name. But this piece is inspired by realistic-looking cat trees and looks accordingly! The resulting piece is a cat tree that really resembles a tree and there are even rocks downside to imitate a landscape! The rocks are big enough so that neither cat will understandably mistake the base for a litter pan nor it will try to eat them. The stepping stones allow them to walk around the base and will help you keep costs down since they are so much cheaper than the rocks.

How to build a cat house

DIY realistic cat tree with branches and rocks downside (via www.bybrittanygoldwyn.com)

Here’s a simple and basic cat tree with parts covered with carpet for more comfort plus it includes an IKEA hack, isn’t that what we all love? This cat tree consists of an old kitchen unit, a carpet tube, artificial turf and 3 x Sindal mat from Ikea. The tree was made over a weekend and provides endless fun and games for 3 cats (or even more).

How to build a cat house

DIY carpet covered cat tree for little money (via www.instructables.com)

Big cat trees are beautiful but really expensive. But you can make one much cheaper yourself, for not even half of the price! Even if you are going to build one too and don’t have all the materials, you can buy them spending just a few dollars. Read the tutorial, personalize the tree as you want and make your kitties happy! Don’t forget to add the ladder to it and let your cat explore it! The small base can be moved, this way you can keep it on the side, or form an angle that doesn’t require that much space. let your pets enjoy!

How to build a cat house

DIY tall cat tree with a cat house included (via www.instructables.com)

Use everyday items to build a fancy cat jungle gym! Create a customized kitty playground by repurposing old dresser drawers. With so many different areas to explore, curious kittens will never get bored. What I totally love about this cat condo is that it brings a cozy rustic feel to the space with those baskets. Watch the video tutorial and make a cat tree yourself.

How to build a cat house

DIY rustic wall-mounted cat condo of baskets (via www.hgtv.com)

This project contains detailed instructions on building a cool cat tree. This is a perfect item for every kitty considering the parts that it includes. The cat tree includes a cool house as most of cats love hiding and fitting into small places, where they feels safe and warm. When are a little unsure of things, they like to climb to a spot as high as possible, allowing them to keep an eye on things. read how to make each part and compose them together and make your pets happy!

How to build a cat house

DIY carpet and jute covered cat tree with a house (via brookepi.blogspot.com)

Whether you have several cats or just one, they all love and want climbing. Considering this fact, building a wall cat tree with lots of parts is a great idea. This tutorial will tell you how to repurpose some IKEA Frosta stools and make a great wall-mounted kitty tree. If you don’t have any wood-working skills, this project is gonna be hard but if you do – no problem!

How to build a cat house

DIY IKEA Frosta stool wall-mounted cat tree (via www.ikeahackers.net)

This cat tree is another IKEA hack and it features several functional parts: storage, a cat feeding station and 2 beds on top as cats prefer staying higher. The whole piece is built of IKEA Lack tables and show some scratchers, too, so this piece is very multifunctional. The project itself is very simple, stacking and attaching tables isn’t that difficult.

How to build a cat house

DIY cat condo of IKEA Lack tables (via www.ikeahackers.net)

Cat trees and condos are rather expensive but if you are ready to work and spend some time, you can make it for some bucks. This cat condo is built of MDF and is covered with fabric and jute for more comfort. There are several different levels for kitties and as this is carpet, your cats may use it as a scratcher. Let them enjoy!

How to build a cat house

DIY multi-level cat tree with fabric and jute (via www.instructables.com)

This cool cat tree is inspired by Star Trek! This tree is with Enterprise and Romulan Bird of Prey and if you are a fan or a geek, you should make it too. The parts are covered with carpet and other parts are done with jute to make the whole item totally scratchable. Such a creative item won’t spoil your interior, it looks geeky and fun!

How to build a cat house

DIY Star Trek cat tree with Enterprise and Romulan Bird of Prey (via www.instructables.com)

The last but not least is this two platform sisal rope cat tree. This is an awesome, inexpensive, easy to make cat seat/ scratch post that can be built for as little as 15-20 bucks. This particular example is more expensive because of the sisal rope, but a nice fabric substitute will lower cost and not the aesthetic value or appeal to your cats. Enjoy!

How to build a cat house

If you are a happy cat owner, you may need some furniture for your pets, to amuse, entertain and make them feel at home. Cat trees and cat towers are amazing for your cat to climb, scratch, sleep and much more plus cats love staying somewhere up. Here are some ideas to build cool cat trees and cat towers yourself, no money wastes involved!

The tall, narrow tower with a wide base easily fits in an unobtrusive way into a corner or in front of a window. Learn how easy and inexpensive it is to make cat condo where kitty can climb, scratch and nap – just read the tutorial and make it for your pet or pets! The project won’t cost you a lot, and the result is no worse than a bought one.

How to build a cat house

DIY three-level cat tree with carpet covered parts (via www.diynetwork.com)

Usual cat trees aren’t about any real trees, this is just a name. But this piece is inspired by realistic-looking cat trees and looks accordingly! The resulting piece is a cat tree that really resembles a tree and there are even rocks downside to imitate a landscape! The rocks are big enough so that neither cat will understandably mistake the base for a litter pan nor it will try to eat them. The stepping stones allow them to walk around the base and will help you keep costs down since they are so much cheaper than the rocks.

How to build a cat house

DIY realistic cat tree with branches and rocks downside (via www.bybrittanygoldwyn.com)

Here’s a simple and basic cat tree with parts covered with carpet for more comfort plus it includes an IKEA hack, isn’t that what we all love? This cat tree consists of an old kitchen unit, a carpet tube, artificial turf and 3 x Sindal mat from Ikea. The tree was made over a weekend and provides endless fun and games for 3 cats (or even more).

How to build a cat house

DIY carpet covered cat tree for little money (via www.instructables.com)

Big cat trees are beautiful but really expensive. But you can make one much cheaper yourself, for not even half of the price! Even if you are going to build one too and don’t have all the materials, you can buy them spending just a few dollars. Read the tutorial, personalize the tree as you want and make your kitties happy! Don’t forget to add the ladder to it and let your cat explore it! The small base can be moved, this way you can keep it on the side, or form an angle that doesn’t require that much space. let your pets enjoy!

How to build a cat house

DIY tall cat tree with a cat house included (via www.instructables.com)

Use everyday items to build a fancy cat jungle gym! Create a customized kitty playground by repurposing old dresser drawers. With so many different areas to explore, curious kittens will never get bored. What I totally love about this cat condo is that it brings a cozy rustic feel to the space with those baskets. Watch the video tutorial and make a cat tree yourself.

How to build a cat house

DIY rustic wall-mounted cat condo of baskets (via www.hgtv.com)

This project contains detailed instructions on building a cool cat tree. This is a perfect item for every kitty considering the parts that it includes. The cat tree includes a cool house as most of cats love hiding and fitting into small places, where they feels safe and warm. When are a little unsure of things, they like to climb to a spot as high as possible, allowing them to keep an eye on things. read how to make each part and compose them together and make your pets happy!

How to build a cat house

DIY carpet and jute covered cat tree with a house (via brookepi.blogspot.com)

Whether you have several cats or just one, they all love and want climbing. Considering this fact, building a wall cat tree with lots of parts is a great idea. This tutorial will tell you how to repurpose some IKEA Frosta stools and make a great wall-mounted kitty tree. If you don’t have any wood-working skills, this project is gonna be hard but if you do – no problem!

How to build a cat house

DIY IKEA Frosta stool wall-mounted cat tree (via www.ikeahackers.net)

This cat tree is another IKEA hack and it features several functional parts: storage, a cat feeding station and 2 beds on top as cats prefer staying higher. The whole piece is built of IKEA Lack tables and show some scratchers, too, so this piece is very multifunctional. The project itself is very simple, stacking and attaching tables isn’t that difficult.

How to build a cat house

DIY cat condo of IKEA Lack tables (via www.ikeahackers.net)

Cat trees and condos are rather expensive but if you are ready to work and spend some time, you can make it for some bucks. This cat condo is built of MDF and is covered with fabric and jute for more comfort. There are several different levels for kitties and as this is carpet, your cats may use it as a scratcher. Let them enjoy!

How to build a cat house

DIY multi-level cat tree with fabric and jute (via www.instructables.com)

This cool cat tree is inspired by Star Trek! This tree is with Enterprise and Romulan Bird of Prey and if you are a fan or a geek, you should make it too. The parts are covered with carpet and other parts are done with jute to make the whole item totally scratchable. Such a creative item won’t spoil your interior, it looks geeky and fun!

How to build a cat house

DIY Star Trek cat tree with Enterprise and Romulan Bird of Prey (via www.instructables.com)

The last but not least is this two platform sisal rope cat tree. This is an awesome, inexpensive, easy to make cat seat/ scratch post that can be built for as little as 15-20 bucks. This particular example is more expensive because of the sisal rope, but a nice fabric substitute will lower cost and not the aesthetic value or appeal to your cats. Enjoy!

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Learn How To Build A Cat Enclosure

This page shows how to build a cat enclosure cheaply by utilizing a structure that is already built, such as a verandah, patio or carport. I show photos of my own cat run that has worked out fantastically and also looks quite aesthetically pleasing.

Outdoor cat enclosures ensure your cat can have access to the great outdoors, while you are safe in the knowledge that they are contained and kept at home. For an indoors only cat, I regard some form of outside time essential.

So on to the nitty-gritty … how did I make my enclosed cat run?

First of all, I decided where and how big. I wanted to enclose half of my carport – which is attached to the house. This way I could still get my car in the other end, and out of the weather.

I made the enclosure so that it encompassed our back door. We have a cat door installed and now the cats can go in and out whenever they feel like it (unless I lock the cat door).

Once I had decided on the size, I measured up and bought (or got for free) everything I would need. I had stuff in the garage that I found I could utilize.

Check around at some local building yards and recycling stations, maybe ask on websites like Craigslist.com, for little bits and pieces. You would be amazed what people throw out, AND you are saving stuff going into landfill. And outdoor cat houses doesn’t need to cost the earth.

What You’ll Need To Make A Cat Run:

  • Cat Netting OR wire mesh
  • Lengths of wire OR solid bars or rods OR non-stretch rope
  • Wire for attaching OR cable ties OR fencing clips
  • Nails and hammer if your structure is wooden
  • Scissors to cut the netting to shape and size

About The Cat Netting

I much prefer cat netting over wire mesh for a few different reasons:

  1. First – it is not hard on cat’s claws should they climb up on it.
  2. Second – it does not look like a cage, the black mesh is rather visually pleasing.
  3. And third – the netting is light, easy to deal with and very easy to take down and store if I ever need to move house, or if I want to move the enclosure to a new location.

The Cat Netting Is Visually Appealing

I bought specially made cat netting, pictured below. You can also use “trawler mesh” which is available from boat supply shops. Both types of netting are usually able to be bought by the square yard or meter. This is great because once you measure up for your enclosure – you can buy exactly the amount and the shape that you need.

Most cat netting will have a guarantee, mine had 5 years. This is important because a cheap option may not last long and may not be strong enough to take the weight of cats – who WILL climb up on it.

The hole size of the cat netting should be a one inch square – no larger. This size is too small for most cats to get a foot caught in and hung-up. Please make sure to be careful and watchful with little kittens and small cats. This size is also too small for most snakes to get through, and this was a large factor in making my own cat enclosure safe. We have a lot of pythons in our area – who love to eat mammals!

Why I prefer actual Cat Netting over the Trawler Mesh – is that it is made with a thicker thread. This makes it much safer for the cats to climb up on (and many of them do). Trawler mesh is good to use for a cheaper option in places where weight is not such an issue … such as over the top of your cat enclosure.

My Roll Of Cat Netting For My Cat’s Enclosure

Once you have your cat netting cut to size and shape, it is time to start assembling. You need something to thread through – and right along all the edges of the netting, so you can attach it to your structure. Whatever you use for this must be firm enough not to give much – if any weight is placed on the netting. And you need to be able to pull it taught – so there are no sags and bags. I listed above that you need “Lengths of wire OR solid bars or rods OR non-stretch rope”.

What I used myself was a combination of different bits of rod and flat bar that I found around our home, and some pieces I managed to pick up at a builders recycling yard for next to nothing.

These were all threaded through the edges of the mesh … see photo. I didn’t worry about trimming off any excess as I felt this extra allowance added to the strength (not sure why). I also may wish I hadn’t trimmed it if I ever want to move the enclosure to another place.

Thread Bar – Wire – or Non-Stretch Rope Through Edges of Cat Mesh

Then I attached this to the top of carport. My carport is metal so I couldn’t just hammer the netting to wood, which made it a little more difficult. Where there was nothing to attach it to, I joined the rods by cable ties to a length of slotted angle iron so I had something firm for the top edge. And the ends of the angle iron were firmly attached to the top of the carport posts, by wire.

Rod Threaded Through Netting and Cable Tied to Angle Iron

I also used this angle iron right around the enclosure – along the bottom edges. This prevents and movement, and makes sure no animals can push the mesh upwards and get in or out of the enclosure. See photo below …

The Bottom of the Cat Enclosure is Secure

No Animals can get in or out under the netting

And once it was all finished, and tidied up – here are the kids in their new playground:

Happy Cats In The Fresh Air

So, with a little forethought and a days work, we had made a roomy 16 foot by 20 foot, safe and secure outdoor run for our cats. They certainly loved to be able to get out in the fresh air. And it is hilarious to watch the speed with which they go through the cat door, when they get the zoomies. At least they can now really stretch their little legs рџ™‚

Check out these two laying sleeping, under their grass garden, on a hot summers day! Now you know how to build a cat enclosure, why not make one yourself?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Cat netting is not impervious to naughty little animals. I found that over time there had been places where something (mice?) had bitten through a piece of mesh right at the bottom of the enclosure. No major problem for cats getting out – but large enough to let a snake in. So, remember to keep an eye out for any damage to the netting.

If you have used cable ties, rather that wire, then you also need to replace them occasionally. Being plastic, they tend to weaken and perish over time. Maybe using wire would be a better and more permanent solution for most people.

Next – An Extension To Our Outdoor Cat Home!

After our new cat pen had been up a little while, we realized that there was only a small amount of direct sunlight coming in under the roofing, some in the early morning (when our kitties were still inside in bed) or in the late afternoon. We also wanted to allow our cats to be able to get onto grass and earth – for the health benefits.

So we decided to add an extension out the end of the enclosure – onto the lawn. You can read about that soon here: How To Make A Cat Enclosure Extension

So now you know just how to build a cat enclosure, come back and let me know if you start a project like this yourself. And if your cats love it as much as mine do!

Cat trees are amazing but the really gorgeous ones are costly. You may want a cat house which will show off your personality or one which will fit into the decor of your home. But sometimes, even if you’ve looked through different products, you can’t seem to find one which you really adore.

If you really don’t want to buy a cat tree house but then you can try building one yourself. It doesn’t take much effort and it costs a lot less. The best part is that you can customize it all you want to match your style and your home.

When building a cat tree house, you’ll need some basic woodworking skills. Aside from that, you will also need some materials and tools.

If you don’t have the materials in your home, you can purchase them at hardware stores or craft stores. This article will help you learn how to build a cat tree house. Read on and let these steps and tips guide you.

Table of Contents

Come up with a design for your cat tree

Coming up with a design is fun, especially if you’re good at designing. This is the very first thing you need to do. Do this before you start planning the materials and tools you will need for building.

On a piece of paper, sketch out a plan for what you want the cat tree to look like. When you’re happy with what you’ve come up with, you can move on to the next steps. Here are some design tips for you to think about:

Consider the space you have

Think about the placement of the cat tree so you can design one which fits into the space. A good tip is to measure the space to guarantee that the cat tree will fit into it.

Consider the personality of your cat

You can design a multi-level cat-tree if your cat loves to climb on your furniture. If your cat loves curling up and sleeping, you can incorporate a hideaway in the design. Since you will be building the cat tree yourself, the possibilities are endless!

Also, consider your own woodworking skills when making your design

Come up with a plan which you will be able to build based on your skills. Otherwise, you might get overwhelmed with the design. When this happens, you won’t be able to construct it successfully.

Finally, consider online resources

If you’re a beginner at designing things from scratch, you can find ideas and patterns online. These can be helpful when you use them as a basis for the design.

Purchase and prepare the materials

When you’re done with your design, make a list of all the materials and tools you need. The materials will depend on the plan you’ve come up with. Typically you will need plywood for the base and the perches.

For the supports, you can use PVC pipes or dimensional lumber. It’s also great to cover the wood with carpet or similar materials.

Here are some tools you may need when building the tree:

  • Electric drill
  • Hammer, nails, and wood screws
  • Table saw or handsaw
  • Electric stapler or staple gun
  • Utility or carpet knife
  • Wood glue or any kind of strong adhesive

Cut all the wood materials

Based on your measurements, cut out all the pieces of wood and lumber. Make sure you cut the correct measurements so you don’t end up wasting materials.

You can use the table saw or handsaw for cutting the materials for the base, the perches, and the other elements. If you need to, sand down the rough edges.

Construct the base of your cat tree

The base of the tree has to be very sturdy. This is because it will hold all the other elements. So it should be wider than all the platforms, perches and other components.

Do this so it doesn’t tip over easily. To make a thicker and sturdier base, you can glue together 2 pieces of plywood.

The taller you plan to make your tree, the larger the base should be. To make the base look more appealing, cover it with carpet or some kind of thick fabric. This also makes the base comfortable for your cat.

To attach the carpet or fabric, cut out a piece which is a bit bigger than the base. Then wrap it over the top of the base and use the electric stapler to secure the material on the underside. You can also use a staple gun to secure the fabric.

Add in the supports of the cat tree

The first thing to do is attach any vertical supports. Attach these supports to the base of the tree. These vertical supports will hold any platforms or perches in your design.

You can attach the vertical supports using nails, screws, wood glue or any other kind of adhesive. It’s a good idea to cover the supports with fabric or carpet first before attaching them to the base. This is a lot easier than covering them when they are already secured to the base.

If you want your tree to serve as a scratching post too, you can cover the posts in sisal rope. This is a good material for scratching.

Secure the ends of the rope with staples or wire brads. Make sure the ends are not seen and are inaccessible to your cat.

Next, attach any horizontal platforms or perches to the supports. You can make these from plywood. You can attach these using screws. Secure the perches you attach on the top of vertical supports using wood glue.

After you’ve attached them, cover them with carpet or fabric. Do this so you cover up any screws used to attach the perches.

Apply the finishing touches

When you’re done with the basic steps, then you can apply the finishing touches. Continue building your cat tree until you’ve added all the elements in your design. Keep on referring back to your plan, especially if you’re looking at measurements.

Make adjustments as needed, especially if you discover issues in the tree’s stability. If you want, you can even add on hanging toys and accessories to make the tree more enjoyable for your cat. Happy building!

How to build a cat house

If you have ever priced pet doors at a store, then you may be interested in building a cat pet door and saving some money. This project is for wood doors. Fiberglass and metal doors can also have pet doors installed, but require different saw blades to cut the house door.

Exterior house doors are usually solid or laminated wood. In that case, you will not have to make a frame around the hole, as described in Step 3 below. However, instructions are also provided here for installing a pet door on an interior hollow wood door.

Step 1 – Remove the House Door

Remove hinge pins by pushing them up and out using a screwdriver and hammer. A second person makes removing the door and lying it in your work area easier and safer, especially if it is a heavy exterior door.

Step 2 – Determine Size and Location and Cut Hole

Be sure you make a pet door big enough for your full-grown pet. Once you know the size, draw the dimension of the hole on the house door using the level or ruler for straight lines. Leave 2 to 3 inches at the bottom to retain door integrity. Use a jigsaw to cut the hole. On a hollow door, mark the outline on the opposite side in the same location and cut. Be sure the cuts match. If you bought a rubber door flap, use that as a guide for the dimensions of your cut.

Step 3 – Finish the Cut with Trim

If the door is hollow, make a frame for strength and pet safety. Do this by measuring the distance between the two door panels. Cut plywood strips and glue them around the hole, making a frame and sealing off open space inside the door. Cut decorative wood trim to fit around the hole on both sides of the door, and attach with screws. Paint or stain the trim and frame.

Step 4 – Install the Flap

If you purchased a flap, follow the manufacturer’s directions. If you are making one, then attach the two hinges to the top inside of the frame you made, or to the top inside of the hole on a solid door. Using a razor knife, cut the rubber so that it fits inside the frame without rubbing against it. Make the fit close to prevent drafts. Now hold the rubber mat against the hanging hinge and attach it with screws. The door should flap easily in both directions.

Step 5 – Finish and Train Pet

Reinstall the house door. If necessary, use the hammer to insert the door pins. Now you can teach your pet to go though the door.