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How to Make Homemade Cat Trees and Cat Houses

Anna is an artist who enjoys collecting and repurposing old objects to turn into special things.

Check out these project ideas and make a special place for your kitty.

Check out these project ideas and make a special place for your kitty.

Construct a Tree or House for Your Cat

As cat parents, we intend to give our fur babies the best. Buying one of those fancy cat trees, however, can be very expensive—though admittedly they are beautiful with their upholstered boxes, numerous ladders, adorable cots, and so many embellishments.

As much as we'd want to buy one of these, it might be simpler to try to construct our own with materials we may already have lying around the house or garage. It's a great way to save money, flex your creative muscle, and give your pets a structure they can call their own. We all know that cats are not picky: They are lovely creatures who would pretty much appreciate an old box or the top of a refrigerator as much as they would a blinged-out tree. So even if you make one that is simple, it will be cat-approved!

In this article, we'll look at these potential projects:

  • Two-Tower Tree With Bridges
  • Waterproof Outdoor Tree
  • Simple House Made From Extra Lumber
  • Minimalist Indoor Tree
  • Simple Plywood House With Roof
  • Repurposed Pallet Tree
  • Cat Treehouse
These towers and bridges will be so much fun for your kitty.

These towers and bridges will be so much fun for your kitty.

Two-Tower Cat Tree With Bridges

This project takes two to three days. If you have a long enough wall that can accommodate a narrow tree with multiple levels, this is the perfect project for you.

Materials used for this project:

  • old Sintra boards (PVC boards)
  • 1" x 1/2" lumber
  • plywood
  • 2" x 2" lumber
  • 1" x 2" lumber
  • superglue
  • wood screws
  • nylon rope
  • acrylic/water-based paint

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. For a single tower, use two boxes each. To make the boxes, cut Sintra boards (PVC plastic panels) into rectangles and glue to create the box structure.
  2. Draw and cut out U-shapes and circles from several sides and tops (depending on the position of the box on the tower).
  3. Screw the boxes onto the tower. Screw the support under each box in place.
  4. Cut scrap plywood into small squares and rectangles. Place them in strategic places throughout the tower. This will serve as the perch.
  5. Construct mini-ladders and screw them into place.
  6. Once both towers are finished, install a horizontal fixed bridge to fasten both towers together.
  7. Install a separate hanging bridge as a second layer right on top of the fixed one. This is made with nylon rope and 1" x 2" lumber cut into 12" pieces.
  8. Once everything is finished and fixed into place, paint all the different pieces with acrylic paint.

Note:

  • For added fun, accessorize with hanging toys.
  • If you have natural ropes, wind them around the 2" x 2" wood support.
This will be durable for the outdoors.

This will be durable for the outdoors.

Waterproof Outdoor Cat Tree

Here is another example of a homemade tree, but this time, there is only one tower. The procedure is the same as the two-tower tree. This simplified version is perfect for the outdoors since the materials used are all water and weatherproof. Since this doesn't have any furry fabric upholstery on the boxes, it's easy to clean. Just wipe it down or spray with a hose.

Make something quick and simple with leftover lumber.

Make something quick and simple with leftover lumber.

Simple House Made From Extra Lumber

This cat house is not only durable because it is made from solid lumber, but it can also house more cats. This is a perfect project if you have recently done a renovation. You can certainly use your old wood for this. In this case, several pillows were also added to make the kitties comfortable.

This minimalist look might blend in well with your home.

This minimalist look might blend in well with your home.

Minimalist Indoor Cat Tree

Again, this is very similar to the first two projects. Since this was built as an indoor unit, it was painted with white water-based paint to match the walls.

Make a little "village" for your cats!

Make a little "village" for your cats!

Simple Plywood House With Roof

This "cat village" is perfect for a clowder of cats. These houses were made using plywood. The roof of each house was covered in plastic sheets and fastened at the underside to make the roof waterproof.

This is a simple project, but it will require a lot of cutting. If you already have plywood and a jigsaw or your cutting tool of choice, this would easily be done in half a day if you are making just one piece.

Repurpose a pallet for this cute little spot.

Repurpose a pallet for this cute little spot.

Repurposed Pallet Cat Tree

This is a cute outdoor spot using old wood from a pallet. For the house's body, the wood from the pallet was used, and driftwood or sturdy branch can be used for the stand. A simple cat-shape door was cut out in the front and accessorized with a drawer pull. Hopefully the birds won't mistake it for a birdhouse!

This is an ambitious project, but your kitty will appreciate it.

This is an ambitious project, but your kitty will appreciate it.

Cat Treehouse

Why not challenge yourself and make a treehouse? The only problem is: Your cat might not come down anymore. If you have plenty of lumber and are not afraid of heights, this might be a project for you!

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Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on September 08, 2020:

I like the idea of making your own. The price of cat trees here is riduclous.