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Make Your Own Cat Trees, Towers, and Other Structures

I am an online writer with a love for animals. I love DIY pet projects—here are some of my favorites.

Why Homemade Cat Structures?

Cat trees, condos, and scratching posts can be some of the most expensive items you'll ever buy for your cat, yet they really enrich the lives of our feline friends. They give cats places to play, areas to claw, and perches from which to view their territories. Cats without these things are really missing out, and you are too, since watching them enjoy their trees and condos is great fun. Plus, it saves your furniture from being abused instead.

Store-bought cat structures can be pretty expensive. Depending on quality and size, they can run up to hundreds of dollars. But it's not necessary to spend that much. With even the barest of carpentry skills, you can build your own and custom design them with your house and cat in mind.

Simple Platform Tree

It's not hard at all to make a cat tree. You just need a solid base, some posts, and a few platforms. Things to consider in your design:

  • Keep in mind that it will be more comfortable for the cat if they can access the levels in stair-step fashion. Arrange the levels from shortest to tallest to make it easy for your cat to climb.
  • Cover the posts with rope or carpeting. Keep in mind that carpet wears out pretty fast and is hard to replace, while rope is pretty easy. Also, it seems that most cats prefer the rope.

Sphynx on a Simple Tree Branch Cat Tree

Anyone can do a cat tree like this one! All you need is a great branch. Use a little ingenuity to attach it to a solid base and add some rope and a couple shelves.

Anyone can do a cat tree like this one! All you need is a great branch. Use a little ingenuity to attach it to a solid base and add some rope and a couple shelves.

Picture from Feral Indeed!

Picture from Feral Indeed!

To make this cat tree, you will need the items listed below, though you may want to alter the design to fit your cat and home. Perhaps you want it shorter or wider, bigger or smaller platforms, whatever— simply adjust the sizes to fit.

  • 3 4" x 4" posts: 2' long, 3' long, and 4' long
  • 3 round or square shelves (about a foot square)
  • 19 L-brackets
  • A large (about 3' square), heavy piece of wood for the base, fairly thick (3/4" is good)
  • Bolts with matching nuts to connect the platforms to the posts and the posts to the base with the brackets. Make sure the bolts are fairly short, but long enough to go through the wood and still have room to put a bolt on the other side
  • Really short wood screws (about 1/2")
  • 1" wood screws
  • Drill
  • Staples and a staple gun
  • Carpet and/or rope
  1. First, cut the wood to the desired sizes. Often your neighborhood home improvement store can do this for you for little or no cost. You may want to alter the post length a little so that one 8' 4" x 4" post will be enough for your entire project. Don't forget to check the cut bin at the store: Sometimes you'll find some great usable pieces there. You can also use scrap wood if you want.
  2. On the base, mark out where you want the posts. Try to get them fairly close to center so the structure will be steady. Mark the outlines of the 4" x 4"s on the base, so you have three 4" x 4" squares outlined on the base. (Tip: Make sure you use one of the posts as a stencil, since 4" x 4"s are not always exactly 4" x 4").
  3. Arrange one of the L-brackets along one side of each post's outline and mark where you need to drill the holes. Move the bracket out of the way and drill holes for the bolts all the way through the base. Do this for each of the four L-brackets that are going around each post. You may want to countersink the area around each hole on the bottom of the base to prevent the bolts from coming in contact with the floor and scratching it up.
  4. Feed a bolt up from the bottom of the base, through the hole in the bracket, and then put a nut on it. Do this for each of the bolts until all of the brackets are in place. Test the post to make sure it fits and make adjustments if necessary.
  5. Now that all the brackets are in place, you will want to carpet the base. Get a piece of carpet big enough to cover the entire top of the base with several inches left over on all sides. Set the carpet on top of the base, then mark where you will need to cut holes for the posts. Cut just an X where the post will go at first, then make sure the carpet is in the exact right place so that the brackets come through the hole. Push the carpet all the way down to where it will sit. This will leave the brackets uncovered and the carpet in place. Trim off the edges of the carpet.
  6. Attach the edges of the carpet under the base using the short wood screws. When you drill them in, make sure they don't come out the top of the board. If your wood screws aren't short enough, you will need to use a staple gun instead.
  7. After the carpet is secured to the base, set each post in its spot and attach to the brackets using the 1" wood screws.
  8. Attach the end of the rope near the bottom of a post using a wood screw. Don't worry about having it at the exact bottom: You can overlap the rope over it (thereby covering the end and making the rope more secure). Wrap the rope around and around the post, covering up the end and then working your way all the way to the top. Secure at the top with a few more wood screws so it won't come undone. Do the other posts.
  9. After the posts are wrapped, secure the platforms to the top of the posts with brackets. Do this by setting the platforms on top of their posts, marking where the holes need to be, then drilling holes for the bolts to go through. Putting the bolts through the holes in the shelves first, then through the brackets, will leave the bigger, bulkier ends underneath the shelves and not visible.
  10. In the photograph, all of the shelves are round. You can choose round, square, or rectangular platforms. Also, the picture shows shelves with sides on them: I'm including sides for the shelves in these instructions because they can be fairly difficult to make and your cat will like it just fine without them. If you want, you can affix a kitty bed with sides on top of one of the shelves.
  11. After the platforms are attached to the posts, simply cover each one with carpet, wrapping the edges down underneath the platform and attaching with either wood screws or staples just as you did with the base.

That's it! A fairly simple and very nice little cat tree.

Homemade Cat Tree Diagram

Homemade Cat Tree Diagram: If you want, you can combine two of the 4x4s.

Homemade Cat Tree Diagram: If you want, you can combine two of the 4x4s.

Large Cat Tree

Picture via Creative Commons from Spiritualmonkey

Picture via Creative Commons from Spiritualmonkey

Ideas for Cat Trees

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Cats Need to Scratch

In the wild, cats use their claws quite often to catch food, protect themselves, and defend their territory. Being kept in the house does not cause a cat's claws to grow less. Physically and psychologically, cats need to use their claws and use them often.

Without cat trees and scratching posts, cats will scratch your furniture and anything else that satisfies their natural need to claw. It is something that you will have to deal with if you decide to have a cat: their claws and their need to use them are just part of what makes them cats and there's no way to prevent this behavior. Even "declawing" them by removing their fingertips (cutting of the section that grows their claws) does not remove their obsession with clawing, it just makes it irritating to painful for them.

That's why it is so important to have at least a few scratching posts around. This gives them a healthy and harmless outlet for their natural behavior and may prevent them from scratching your furniture.

Picture from swanksalot

Picture from swanksalot

The Simplest of DIY Scratching Posts

For a really easy scratching post, take a small board, cover it with rope, then hang it on the wall. All you need is board, rope, a staple gun, and a nail to hang it.

Since cats like to stretch up as far as possible to mark their territory with their claws, place this scratch so that your cat's paws reach about the middle of the pad when he or she is fully stretched out.

Climbing Scratching Post

The scratching post shown in the video above isn't homemade, it's actually just a modified cat tree, but if you think your cats might like to climb as well as scratch, it wouldn't be that difficult to make your own.

  1. Cover a tall board or long pole with sisal rope by attaching the end of the rope to the bottom of the pole with a staple gun, then keep wrapping it until you reach the top. Staple the rope to that end and cut off the excess.
  2. You might also want to drill a few screws into the wood at various places to secure the rope and make sure it won't come loose when kitty is climbing on it. Long staples could also work, though you'd want to be very careful to ensure that they're secure and don't work loose over time.
  3. The trickiest part is connecting the post to the floor and ceiling. You'll want a nice steady base— if the post moves around, the cat won't use it, and it won't be safe. You can attach the post to the floor and ceiling using at least four L-brackets such as those used to hold up shelves: One on each side of the post, top and bottom, will make it pretty sturdy. Another option, and I think the simplest and best, is to nail the post to the wall. This is an easy and stable solution. Attach it to the wall in several places to make it really sturdy. Whatever you do though, make sure the post doesn't have a chance of tipping over, it could really hurt your furry one if it did.

Customizing Options: You can play with this idea and customize your own structure. For example, for the cat who likes to climb up and then sit to survey the scene, instead of one long post you could have several shelves covered in rope and staggered up the wall.

If you already have posts in your house as part of the design, I've seen people wrap those posts with rope so their cats can use them. If you're lucky enough to have a random post in your house, you might do the same.

Create a Quick and Simple Cat Scratcher

This is one of the simplest ways to create a cat scratcher: Simply find a nice log to use. Most cats actually prefer real wood logs over anything else. They don't care about fancy or pretty, all they care about is if it is scratchable. A nice log, about eight inches wide or more and a couple of feet long, that is still pretty fresh is the ultimate in their eyes. You can easily find some nice-looking ones in the woods or even go to a place that sells firewood. It is cheap, easy, and popular, though the shredded pieces of wood can make a bit of a mess.

If you bring a log into your house, make sure there are no uninvited guests (like termites or beetles) coming with it. Get a fresh log, then wrap it tight inside a plastic trash bag and leave it outside for a week or so. This should kill any insects.

Tepee Cat Scratching Post

This is quite simple to make at home.

  • All you need is two pieces of wood that are the same size plus one piece that is about four inches longer on all sides.
  • Cover them with carpet or rope, then attach the two smaller boards to the larger one with six brackets from the hardware store: Two V-shaped brackets to attach the boards at the top of the peak, and another two brackets to secure each board to the base (two on each board).

Customization Options: You could include a little platform at the top of the tepee. You could also use hinges instead of brackets so that it folds down. If you do this, you'll have to think of some way to secure each hinge so that it doesn't fold when you don't want it to. You might consider installing the hinges or brackets so that they go under the carpet to make it look a little bit nicer.

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Kitty Castle and Cat Condos

With some plywood, carpet, wood, a cardboard box, and some nails, you can get creative when building a condo or castle for your cat. Scroll down for design ideas.

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Make a Cat Castle

Ideas for Cat Condos

  • DIY Cardboard Cat Cocoon
    There are no plans for making this stunning looking cat cocoon, but it's fairly self-explanatory. Someone took an Xacto knife and carved through layers of cardboard, then glued the pieces together.
  • The Catsle Condo
    A fairly simple tall rectangular enclosure with opening cut out for cats to get in, and shelves for them to lounge. It could be designed to blend into any decor.
  • Lowe's Kitty Tri-Rise Play House
    Build the purr-fect cat house for less than $40. This plan from Lowe's Home Improvement uses cement tubes, glue, and carpet to make places for your kitties to curl up and relax.
  • Cardboard Cat House
    This cat house is made out of three cardboard boxes and is a super cute place for your feline friend to hang out.
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Kitty Hideout Made of Boxes

You don't have to have any carpentry skills to put something together, all you need is some sturdy boxes and tape. Kitties don't care what their play structure looks like.

The benefits of using boxes:

  • You can cover it with pretty paper or fabric to match your decor.
  • Because it didn't cost a thing, you can simply get rid of it if you have company.
  • It won't last very long. A well-made structure for a gentle cat could last for years, but for hyper kitties it will be lucky to last six months. Replace it with a new and different play structure and you cat will never get bored.

Heated Cat House

Many people who live in cold areas worry about stray or feral cats when it gets cold out. This heated cat house is a great way to deal with that problem. It does cost quite a bit, about $100 due to the heating mechanism and thermostat, but even the basic box without the heating mechanism would be a nice treat for stray kitties and I'm sure if you look around you might be able to find a thermostat-controlled heating pad or heating blanket that would work well and cost less, maybe even at a thrift store (though as always, be cautious of old wiring). Rain will follow any cords, so make sure you hang the cord so water won't follow it into the box. Or even better, place the entire thing in a sheltered location such as the garage or under your porch.

Multi Cat House

Multi Cat House: This wouldn't be hard to make. It's a basic box construction, subdivided inside with holes cut out for doors and a peaked roof set in place.

Multi Cat House: This wouldn't be hard to make. It's a basic box construction, subdivided inside with holes cut out for doors and a peaked roof set in place.

Ideas for Cat Play Areas

  • DIY Outdoor Cat Enclosure
    This article doesn’t include plans for the outdoor enclosure, but the pictures are good enough to show you how to build it.

Cat Windowseats and Windowsill Perches

  • Cat Windowsill Perch
    This is an attractive window seat for kitty that includes a hidey-hole below the perch. It's great for a cat or two to lounge and enjoy life.

Ideas for Other Cat Items

  • DIY Wine Box Cat Perch
  • Wall-Mounted Cat Perch
    Create wall shelves for your feline friend with toy storage and space so your cat can bask in the sun or watch birds. Build a small shelf or one long enough to span a window.
  • Build a Kitty Play Station
    This is a great idea and includes well-designed plans for building a place for your cat to play. Your cat will love yanking on lengths of rope and will be entertained for quite a while.

Cat Tunnel

A pretty easy scratching and playing item for your cats is a tunnel made out of a cardboard tube covered in carpet. It is extremely easy:

  1. Take a cardboard tube such as a Quik-tube for concrete pilings and some scrap carpet.
  2. Cut the tube to the length you want, then place the carpet against the tube and measure to fit.
  3. Trim the carpet so that it will fit securely around the tube, with a little hanging over on each end, then cover the tube with a strong glue that will work on both the carpet and the cardboard. You may want to do a little at a time: Add some glue, push the carpet onto that area, then coat another bit of area.
  4. Once the carpet is completely covering the outside of the tube, put some glue around the inside edge and press the carpet onto it so that all the carpet is attached. If you want you can also line the inside of the tube with carpet.
  5. You can also use sturdy fabric in place of the carpet, and just attach it the same way.
  6. Let the tube dry thoroughly, then lay this down on the ground and kitty will love to run around inside.

More Ideas

These are just some more great ideas to make your cat structures better. Putting shelves on the walls for them, ladders to areas they like to go, and just generally adding stuff you know they will like will all make your cats happier and more content. Use these pictures to spark your own ideas about what might work in your house.

Kitty Cat Playroom

Kitty Cat Playroom

Kitty Cat Playroom

Fun Kitty Cat Room

Fun Cat Room Ideas

Fun Cat Room Ideas

A Building Shortcut

There is a way to build a cat structure without having to do much construction: Simply use furniture as a starting point. Is there some old chair or shelf you've been storing in the garage for years, thinking of getting rid of? It's simple to cover it in carpet or rope and it can make a wonderful area for your cats to claw on and play with. Run by a few thrift stores to find the perfect piece that your cats will love— it will probably be cheaper than buying supplies at the home improvement store. You simply need to look at them with eyes that are open to the possibilities.

Keep It Safe

When making anything for the kitties, it's always important to keep the stuff as safe as possible. Whether homemade or store-bought, cat items can be dangerous, but if you're making them yourself, you can make it safer than anything you'd find in the store. Simply follow these tips:

Design the cat tree or other items to be structurally sound.

Don't make something that isn't going to handle the weight of your kitty jumping on it. Since cats can weigh quite a bit, add as much support as possible. You can never have too much support, but you can have too little.

Ensure that everything is going to be balanced.

I've seen cats leap five feet through the air to land on top of a cat tower, sending it rocking. If it didn't have a wide enough base, the tower and the cat would have tipped right over. Think of the cat tree you want and imagine a crazed beast launching itself straight at it: Is it going to hold up to the onslaught? The wider the base the better, and if possible, it's always nice to attach the structure to the wall. Water-heater earthquake straps work well for this. Also, put heavier sections down lower, and smaller platforms up higher. The added weight at the base will keep the structure steadier.

Attach everything well.

Nails are better than tacks, and screws are better than nails. Whatever you attach, whether it is carpet or rope or whatever, you don't want it easily coming loose. Nails and tacks and staples tend to work their way out over time, and a loose nail is a dangerous nail. Make sure anything is pounded into the wood really well, and if possible use screws where you can. If you use staples anywhere, give them an extra tap with a hammer to make sure they're seated deeply in the wood since most staple guns do not sink them fully.

Items Useful for Cat Structures

Sonotubes or Quik-Tubes

Sonotubes or Quik-tubes are brand-name sturdy cardboard tubes used as molds for wet cement. They are essential for building cat condos and other cat structures. Covered with carpet or rope, cats love to lay in them and play inside them. They come in several different sizes, including 8", 10", and 12" in diameter, and different lengths as well. They are usually available in the concrete or masonry section of your local home improvement store.

Cardboard Barrels

Cardboard barrels are used to hold food and other bulk items in many big stores. If you can find them, these make great cat condos and tree bases since sometimes the cardboard cement tubes are not big enough. Cardboard barrels come in several sizes, and are most likely to be found at places that stock bulk food or at some army surplus stores.

Sisal Rope

It's important to use natural ropes such as sisal or hemp to wrap the cat tower since slippery, plasticky-feeling synthetic materials like nylon aren't good. Sisal is cheap and readily available. Hemp is a bit more expensive but it is sturdier. Since you will need quite a lot of it and it is supposed to be torn up by your cats, most people get the cheaper sisal. 3/8" is the best size to use for cat items.

Carpet

If you have scrap carpet, that's just fine, especially if you had your house carpeted and have some leftover since the cat structure will match your house. If you have to purchase carpet, try to get a good kind that is stain-resistant as well as sturdy since it will endure some heavy wear and tear and you want it to last. Most cats prefer short-napped, Berber-type carpets, though if you are going to buy something you may want to bring a sample home to see if your kitty likes it since cats have very definite opinions about what they like and don't like.

Wood

When you purchase wood for your cat structures, you will most likely be getting things like plywood and 2x4 posts. It's often best to have the store cut the wood to the size you need since then you don't have to use a saw or deal with large sheets of lumber. Do not get “treated” or “pressure-treated” wood; it is soaked in toxic substances that are harmful for cats and people to breathe or ingest.

Questions & Answers

Question: Could one make cat stairs out of PVC?

Answer: Sure. Just use the thicker, sturdy PVC and avoid exposing it to sunlight as PVC degrades quickly when it exposed to sunlight. Also, make it a point to test the sturdiness occasionally to make sure it is holding up okay.

Question: How do you attach the carpet or sisal to a DIY cat tree? Do you use glue?

Answer: I prefer a combination to attach the carpet or sisal. Some strong glue to hold it to the post, then staples or tacks along any loose edges. Staples or tacks on their own can work their way out with repeated tugging by the cat, so the glue keeps it all a bit more sturdy. But be aware the glue can be a pain if you have to replace the carpet or sisal in the future. Small screws can be helpful to attach the pieces as they are unlikely to work loose.

Question: Is it safe to use a nylon carpet on a cat perch?

Answer: As long as your cat isn't one that tends to eat common household items it should be fine. Some cats will nibble on the edges of their perches, and as long as they aren't actually trying to ingest pieces, it will be okay. You'll find most carpets, and cat trees nowadays have nylon in them.

Question: Can I stain the wood on my cat tree?

Answer: Yes, you can stain the wood for your cat tree.

Reader Feedback

Isabella from Canada on October 16, 2019:

Really well put together, love the Q&A section too!

I personally made a cat toy/scratcher out of old paper toilet rolls.

Take the rolls and duct tape them together, stuffing them with anything (even left over paper, just to give them a but of stand on its own) get cardboard and duct tape it as well, taping it to the rolls to make a stand then get anything your cat likes scratching (yarn for example) and wrap it all around. Finish off with another stand at the top or decorate it your way c:

Lewis on August 24, 2016:

If you are struggling for connectors to go between sections of a tree, try "t-nuts' or a flanged screw in threaded insert for wood.

These are normally available in m8 or m10, from places like amazon or climbing shops as they are used on climbing walls.

Alisha Vargas (author) from Reno, Nevada on December 27, 2014:

I just use the little L angles they make for putting up shelves. I haven't seen a source for the connections themselves, though you could always find an old cat tree that was being thrown away and take them off of that.

Stephen on November 18, 2014:

Great tips, but I am going crazy trying to find what and where to get the part that will go inside the "tubes" that allows you to put a bolt or screw threw into the platforms. You have links to all the various types of tubes, but nothing on how to attach "hollow tubes". Little help please!

nubieaff on October 24, 2014:

great len - this is like wikipedia

Anka7 on July 19, 2014:

Awesome! I have 5 cats, and they always need new playthings to keep them busy. I'm going to build them something right now! Thanks!

Fay Favored from USA on June 27, 2014:

We have been thinking about making some of these lately. I appreicate you including videos and links. Gives us a lot to consider in constructing the right one for the kitties.

Gwondo on March 14, 2014:

Lots of good information. Love the videos.

Radgrl on February 25, 2014:

Wow love your tips!

teelover on February 21, 2014:

Great tips, thanks for sharing!!!

Victoria-Lynn on February 18, 2014:

This is very thorough. I have tons of scratchers, but I've never made my own. I love the photos of the cat rooms just for cats!

Im2keys on December 28, 2013:

love the kitty shelves especially, great lens!

FrancescaBelluci on December 03, 2013:

Must try it for my kitty! I'm pretty sure he will love it :D

dennispowens on October 29, 2013:

Nice job!

adoptionfirst on October 23, 2013:

I really need to try to make some of these items. They can be very expensive and I am in need of cat scratches, houses and trees quite often and it might be a great way to raise money as well for my organization! Thanks for the great info!

jura on September 13, 2013:

I do not have a cat but this lens have a lot of great ideas

anonymous on September 09, 2013:

My little cats would love a few posts like these.. Maybe one rainy weekend i will attempt to build one myself!

Stephanie from Canada on August 13, 2013:

This is a great lens! My little guy loves his cat tree.

mathew31 on August 13, 2013:

Very interesting lens to read! Great job.

sierradawn lm on August 11, 2013:

My Ragdoll cats weigh 15 pounds & they tear up their cat trees fast. I have to replace their cat climbing trees every few months. So this lens has been very helpful to me. I have always wanted to build cat trees strong & durable enough for big cats to jump on. Thank you for sharing the instructions on how to go about doing this!

Leigh Stratton on August 06, 2013:

WOW! What a great and super informative lens! I have been meaning to buy or build a cat condo for the longest time now, especially since my two felines STILL prefer to shred my roommate's furniture over the four scratching posts they have (I firmly believe it's more of a behavioral "how dare you work full time, human?!" thing than sub-par scratching posts). You have inspired me to finally move onto this new project!

Valerie Smith from New Zealand on July 21, 2013:

What a fantastic lens. I can see that my two cats have been missing out on a lot in life. Just as well they can't read your lens or I would busy jumping to their orders!

SusanAston on July 07, 2013:

Wow - this is like wikipedia

lawyer-marketing on July 03, 2013:

Cats will definitely love this. Great lens

Peter Messerschmidt from Port Townsend, WA, USA on June 07, 2013:

Wow! So many great ideas here! One of the more successful "adventures" I had with building cat furniture was wrapping sisal rope tightly around the hard fiberboard core from industrial rolls of carpeting. Those are VERY tough, and long enough that we could put it floor-to-ceiling in a part of our house with 10-foot ceilings. The cats loved that! May have to try some of your other ideas here...

Arod17 on May 26, 2013:

this is a great idea and better than over paying for one

Fridayonmymind LM on April 27, 2013:

Some pretty lucky kitties here. I couldn't let my kitty see in case he felt unloved.

anonymous on April 27, 2013:

lovely lens. Some very interesting ideas. I love cats and all animals for that matter. I have a ginger cat and she simply loves boxes!

BarbsSpot on April 24, 2013:

Lensmaster...Also congratulations on this Lens being awarded LOTD!!

BarbsSpot on April 24, 2013:

Lensmaster...Congratulations on the Purple Star for this lens. Even though I'm a doggie owner, I love cats, too. But they turn me into a sneeze machine indoors...

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on April 24, 2013:

You've offered a lot of useful suggestions, here, and anyone considering declawing a pet cat should take special notice of your point that declawing does not remove the urge to claw, but makes it more likely that the cat will injure her paws while attempting to do so. I'm guessing that any resulting lacerations could also become infected.

pinkpia on March 26, 2013:

thanks for sharing, i believe that also our dog would love it :)

StrongMay on March 24, 2013:

We have a very playful cat. We looked into buying a cat tree for him, but they were expensive and looked and felt like they would be knocked over by the force of his run-and-jump. Now I'm looking into making a more stable one for him. Thanks for the lens.

drmork on March 22, 2013:

My cat would love these, for sure. Great lens! Thank you for sharing.

Ana Dilber on March 17, 2013:

I am not really a cat-person, but these are really great advice...

rbutler21 on March 15, 2013:

Great lens! As the owner of several indoor kitties, one of which is deaf, I would love to try some of these ideas!

AnimalHouse on March 15, 2013:

Great information and ideas about Cat Trees! The photos are very beautiful. Would love to have one soon. Nice lens! Thank you for sharing

Alisha Vargas (author) from Reno, Nevada on March 13, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks! I'm glad it's helpful! I'm sorry about your kitty, FIV+ kitties can live long and healthy lives though, and it sounds like you're doing a great job. Having made outside cats indoors only, I'd recommend you get him some cat grass regularly and just ignore his initial whining to go out. He'll be grumpy about it, but will get over it soon.

anonymous on March 13, 2013:

Great lens! So helpful for me. My sweet boy was just diagnosed FIV+ and will now be a strictly indoor kitty. He is used to hanging out on our back patio and I know he is going to be BORED. So I plan to make our indoors as appealing to him as the outdoors! Thanks for all the great ideas!

sarasentor lm on March 12, 2013:

You have made such a great lens.

Ted Bergman on March 11, 2013:

As the owner of an indoor Abby who is energetic and intelligent, I found this lens chock full of information. I might have even got an idea or two for the "games" section of my new TV show that raises money for dogs and cats. A big thanks for your time and expertise. - Ted

elenagatita on March 07, 2013:

Nice!

Carpenter76 on March 07, 2013:

Cool lens! I will have to make a Kitty Catle :D

victoriahaneveer on February 26, 2013:

My cat Cleo would adore all these. Fantastic lens. Blessed!

Kumar P S on February 23, 2013:

Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

Alisha Vargas (author) from Reno, Nevada on February 22, 2013:

@anonymous: They make great pets, though you may want to foster a kitty for your local humane society, just to be sure it's for you.

anonymous on February 22, 2013:

My 6 year old son has been nagging me for ages to get a cat.. I may just give into him!

SmokeybonesJr on February 12, 2013:

Love the lens, thank you :-)

chickie99 on February 08, 2013:

cat condos! sweet!!!

imthepoet on February 02, 2013:

This is an awesome lens! I think I might make some of these for my cats. The cardboard condo is a great idea. Why have I never thought to do that?!

UniversalCats on January 27, 2013:

Well researched article. I think I might just give one of them a try!

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Cindy

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smaraymond on January 24, 2013:

My cats love their trees. Purchased trees are so expensive. I love these ideas for building your own.

getmoreinfo on January 23, 2013:

These are great tips about How to Make our Own Cat Trees

SilmarwenLinwelin on January 16, 2013:

Great Lens! Very informative!

lionmom100 on January 07, 2013:

This is a great lens. We have not made anything from scratch, but have recovered several cat posts with fresh sisal. Thanks for this.

Alisha Vargas (author) from Reno, Nevada on December 30, 2012:

@Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much! Happy New Year to you as well!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 30, 2012:

Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

Country Sunshine from Texas on December 27, 2012:

A wealth of information, and loads of ideas. My cats would be in heaven if they had half of these things. Great article!

mrdata on December 27, 2012:

Valuable information here! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

mistaben on December 16, 2012:

A lot of great ideas here. Many thanks for sharing all the good information =)

softclaws on December 09, 2012:

Good information here - showing some appreciation and i'm quite impressed you took the time to write this tutorial!

maherars45 on November 21, 2012:

nice lens, i will ask my sister to visit it, she has a cat

anonymous on October 29, 2012:

Nice lens with a lot of great ideas!

anonymous on October 20, 2012:

I love the Cat Playhouse :)

pinkgrey on October 01, 2012:

This is great. I've spent hundreds of dollars buying cat towers, all over priced, and all fall apart within 2 years (if I'm lucky). Look forward to trying some of the ideas here - whatever i do needs to be able to withstand five cats so that is a challenge.

ATTHED LM on August 20, 2012:

Great lens, i feal quite silky bow i have read it for not attaching the cat tree to the wall, like the one you show.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 05, 2012:

In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

CristianStan on August 01, 2012:

Interesting ideas. These should keep me busy for a while. I can't wait to see how my kitty will react.

ziggyzane on July 17, 2012:

Great Lens. Lots of good ideas.

poorwendy lm on July 10, 2012:

Never thought about making our own cat trees. But it should be a good project for a month. At least, a weekend.

GeniePark on July 05, 2012:

We bought our cat tree, but my husband modified it quite a bit. It fits much better in our room and cat also have more fun.

Jen withFlash on July 01, 2012:

Great lens!!! Thanks for sharing all the great info!

kstwrt13 on June 25, 2012:

This is an exceptional lens. I have been shopping for a new cat tree and the expense of these trees are really overwhelming. Being someone that is not afraid to build just about anything I have been sketching ideas on different sheets of paper in between writing my own lens. I just happened to put in a search for cat trees and wham bam boom here I am in amazement of your lens. Awesome job on your collection! I couldn't help myself but read from top to bottom and watch each video. You really did great and I can't wait to share it with family and friends who are cat lovers.

nicole-young on June 11, 2012:

My step dad and I made one of these when I was younger. The cats love it!

BeadCatz on May 21, 2012:

I love your lens. We have "several" cats and this gave me some great ideas. We built our last cat tree out of an old speaker case that our neighbore threw away.

Something else to try (our cats love it): We go to yard sales and find kids play tunnels for our cats. They are bigger and better made than the actual pet tunnels you can buy. We bought a huge one a few years ago for $5 dollars.

RuralFloridaLiving on May 12, 2012:

Love all your ideas - Great lens

gradientcat on May 04, 2012:

This is a great lens, very interesting.

Vikki w on May 04, 2012:

Cats' Paradise, nice lense

Jo11 on May 02, 2012:

Loads of great info here - adding it my favorites so I can make some of these items for my kittys, thanks so very much for your big effort!!

anonymous on April 25, 2012:

Thank you so much for this article! I need to get my cat a cat tree but they're so expensive and they look terrible... So your article gave me a bunch of really good ideas. Here's a link to a cat tree that is sold on an american website, but that could totally be home made with wood or cardboard boxes : http://pinterest.com/pin/219057969345329391/

anonymous on April 08, 2012:

fantastic information !! Thank you so much !!

anonymous on April 05, 2012:

Awesome and informative lens for all of us cat lovers!

jordanmilesbask on April 01, 2012:

Great work..thanks for sharing!

webmm100 on March 25, 2012:

love it

webmm100 on March 25, 2012:

Love it

mlt89 on March 25, 2012:

Great lens! I love the cat castle - thanks for the info :)

brynimagire on March 22, 2012:

Woe ! excellent lens ! I love cat. Thanks.

WhimsicalWatters on March 09, 2012:

Thanks! My father-in-law has made kitty towers before. I hope I can successfully make a huge one for my kitties.

tjmaj1959 on March 07, 2012:

great ideas here, thanks

michaelprosper on March 06, 2012:

My Cat says thank you!

drozer on March 04, 2012:

very useful lens, for those love cats..bravo

R D Ramos on February 20, 2012:

This is an amazing lens! Just what I was looking for! My cats will thank you.

peachplanet on February 20, 2012:

Lots of useful info! I don't have a cat, but I'm an aunt :)

GreenMind Guides from USA on February 04, 2012:

Great lens! We have four cats. I need to get busy.

Close2Art LM on January 31, 2012:

just got a new cat, Norman, and he's a bit of a scratcher, thanks for the great info, Blessed

nickirc lm on January 30, 2012:

Fantastic idaes! Thanks.

Rose Jones on January 30, 2012:

Great, great lens - cats really need these, and they are so esthetic. There is a room for entrepreneurs here!

cajkovska lm on January 28, 2012:

I think my cat need one cat tree to... thx for nice tips

BuddyBink on January 27, 2012:

A great lens for cat lovers like me. Thanks

jimmyworldstar on January 27, 2012:

Thanks for the lens, I hate it when my cats scratch up the furniture and carpet. Some of those cat structures in the above pictures have a lot of dedication and time to them.