Hammocks for Cats - Cat Hammocks

Updated on April 24, 2017
Cat in Hammock
Cat in Hammock

Cats Love Hammocks!

Cat hammocks are a wonderful accessory you can buy or make that will enhance the life of any cat. As you can see from this photo, cats truly enjoy hanging out in a hammock.

The cat hammock pictured here was sewn by me and it's a very easy diy project. On this page I'll share with you the steps needed to make a rectangular cat hammock. And for those of you too busy to sew, there are cat hammocks already made which will please many a feline furkid.

Cat Hammock Kitty Close Up!

My cat hammock design was based largely on a PDF pattern made available thru ShelterStratagies.com. Their pattern was for a square-shaped hammock and is no longer available online, however I am sharing here on this page details to make a rectangular-shaped hammock for the cats.

The dimensions I used to create a large cat hammock and a smaller cat hammock were garnered on the needs of the animal rescues and shelters I work with. The measurements for these rectangular-shaped hammocks I'll give you below will work on the standard variety of wire cages made for cats and dogs.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Tips in Making Cat Hammocks

Follow the directions below to construct a hammock for cats. I've added tips and suggestions here which I hope you'll find helpful.

PLEASE read completely thru this section first BEFORE beginning to make a cat hammock.

Two Sided Hammock is Reversible

  1. As you will see in the picture above, I like to use two different fabrics to make a cat hammock. On one side I may use an indoor/outdoor fabric which is sturdy and easy to clean or pieces of denim pant legs sewn together. You can also use an old wool blanket or terry towel for the other side of the cat hammock.
  2. OR you can make both sides out of the same fabric or toweling. It is entirely up to you. Either way, the completed hammock IS reversible which is ideal!
  3. When choosing fabric, just keep it soft and washable and sturdy. Cats DO NOT care about colors, just the comfort.

Sewing Directions and Materials List

For EACH hammock, cut TWO equally-sized fabric pieces to make either the large or the small/medium hammock:


Cut ONE equally sized piece of padding*

Sizes to cut: 27" x 17 1/2" for Large

22" x 13 1/2" for Small/Medium

Also, you will need: Thread, scissors and a medium weight sewing machine needle

I purchase mattress pad covers from the local thrift shop as padding* to line my hammocks and also to line the cat cage quilts I make for the Humane Society.

Polypro Webbing for Corner Straps - For each hammock you need a total of 60" in length (4 sections cut at 15" each)

This is important: When you cut the four corner strap lengths of 1" wide polypro webbing be sure to use a disposable lighter to lightly singe the edges to prevent fraying of the webbing.

Attaching Corner Tabs

Reinforce the Corner Tabs
Reinforce the Corner Tabs

Let's Begin!

The picture above is actually of one of my corner hammocks, but the method of attaching the corner straps are the same. Only the placement of the straps is different. Here's what I mean:

  1. Decide which of the two main fabric pieces you want to attach the tabs to.
  2. Take one 15" length of webbing, fold in half, pin the open ends together catty corner to one of the four corners of the rectangular piece. (Note the folded middle section of the strap is facing INSIDE the fabric piece.This is important as we need it to be enclosed inside when we sew the layers together in the next step.)
  3. Sew in a straight stitch back and forth several times to reinforce the strap.
  4. Repeat until all 4 straps are secured in place.

Supplies Needed to Make Hammocks for Cats

Country Brook Design | Polypropylene Webbing (1 Inch) (Black, 50 Yards)
Country Brook Design | Polypropylene Webbing (1 Inch) (Black, 50 Yards)

This is the exact brand of webbing I use to make my diy cat hammocks. Strong and easy to sew. Great bargain!


Layering the Fabric


As in the picture above, with right sides together you want to make a "sandwich" of the fabric before sewing. As so:

  1. first layer = place fabric face side up (this piece will already have the sewn straps in the corners facing up....again make sure the folded strap is INSIDE the "sandwich")
  2. second layer = other fabric, with right side facing previous layer (means wrong side is facing you)
  3. third layer = padding So, the padding will be on top.
  4. Pin layers together.

Sewing Layers Together

Sewing Layers Together
Sewing Layers Together

Begin sewing halfway along one of the longer sides of the rectangle leaving a 6 inch opening for turning once the layers are sewn together. Stitch in a straight line 5/8 inch from the edge.

I prefer a 5/8 inch seam allowance. These hammocks will be washed and dried frequently and this larger seam allowance allows for that.

When you come to each corner, swivel the sewing foot so you are encasing the corner strap with a diagonal stitch across the corner.

Continue sewing around all four sides, making sure there is 6 inch opening for turning.

Insert hand inside the hammock and turn right side out. You can now tug each sewn corner strap into place.

Last Step!

Slip Stitch the Opening Closed
Slip Stitch the Opening Closed

The last step is to slip stitch the opening closed. You're done!

I use carabiners or wire shower hooks purchased in bulk to hang the hammocks in the cages.

Larger key rings purchased in bulk work just as well also.

My Corner Cat Hammock PDF Pattern - available on Etsy

Corner Cat Hammock via HIPam on Etsy
Corner Cat Hammock via HIPam on Etsy

I designed this corner cat hammock in use at the Hawaiian Humane Society. It's space-saving shape is perfect for portable cat cages; it works equally well in animal shelters AND is very comfy for the kitties. :) Find the 8-page ready to download PDF pattern here on Etsy.

UPDATE: If you can't spare the $2 for the pattern right now, here's my FREE tutorial I just published. If you use it, please SHARE and spread good karma for the kitties. :)

(Photo credit Hawaiian Humane Society)

Pause for a Poll

A cat awaiting adoption in Oregon enjoying a cat hammock I made here in Hawaii. Animal advocates working together helping to SAVE LIVES. :)

This picture always makes me laugh. The hammock was one of the smaller ones I sent and this cat was determined to claim it anyway.

If you were a cat, what kind of hammock would you prefer?

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Sew a Quality Cat Hammock with this Quality Sewing Machine!

The Janome Magnolia shown above is the sewing machine I use and recommend for sewists of all levels. It's fast, sturdy and absolutely dependable. I've used this awesome sewing machine to sew everything from lined, weighted formal drapes to simple dog toys. It is THE BEST in my opinion and I've been sewing for many years.

P.S. Even if this is your first sewing machine, well, especially if this is your first sewing machine, DO NOT BUY the under 100 dollar machines. Seriously, you WILL regret it and it can even turn you off of sewing forever. You want a machine that does the job, does it well and will serve you for many years. THIS is THAT machine! :)

Mama Cat in Hammock

I was so happy to receive this picture from fellow animal advocate, Heather Payer-Smith. She resides in East Texas and volunteers at a shelter where I frequently advocate online for the animals. Heather is fostering this new mama cat and 5 kittens in her home until they are old enough to be adopted through the shelter.

The hammock pictured is one I have sewn and donated. Heather says the mama cat hops into the hammock whenever she is ready for a much-needed break from the kittens. (They are all warm and cozy inside the portable carrier located directly underneath the hammock in the wire kennel.)

It is pictures like this which keep me encouraged to help the animals.

(Photo credit Heather Payer-Smith)

Alternative Cat Hammock - The Cat Crib for Cool Cats!

Cat Crib Hammock
Cat Crib Hammock

This product is so cool! It's perfect if you're short on space. Just attach the straps under a table or chair with square-shaped legs for the very best results. Viola!

Get your Cat Crib on Amazon: Cat Crib - Tan

(Photo credit CatCrib.com)

Cat Crib - Available On Amazon

The Cat Cribs listed here are the exact twins to the Cat Cribs featured above and are available in these three colors.

Cat Crib - BLACK
Cat Crib - BLACK

Basic black cat crib.


Questions & Answers

    Will you be making a cat hammock or purchasing one?

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        2 months ago

        We recently adopted a kitten. The shelter had a hammock in every "room". They had leachs and other gear to buy but I thouht it looked easy enough to make. I searched for a basic pattern and this is the best I found. I hope to have it finished in a day or two.

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        6 months ago

        I just made one have another cut and ready to go. Thanks!

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        4 years ago

        While petsitting for some cat owners, I looked high and low for one missing cat. Finally found her in her own 'hammock'.....the torn lining on the bottom of a box spring bed....she was nestled in there very comfortably.

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        Cheryl Paton 

        4 years ago from West Virginia

        They look pretty cool. I like that they stay up off the floor.

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        4 years ago

        Now that Olivia has seen this, she is meowing about it. We'll have to talk. Or meow. Or something like that. (Great idea and fantastic lens)

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        David Stone 

        4 years ago from New York City

        This sounds like such a treat for cats. Ours are always looking for new places to sack out. They'd use these. Thanks, Pam.

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        4 years ago

        I will be making two, one for each of my guys, they will love this!

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        4 years ago

        I absolutely LOVE this idea!! I'm totally into kitties, and hope to adopt another before too long. I think, after seeing this VERY unique lens and idea, that I would, indeed get a cat hammock! Wonderful!

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        5 years ago

        What a great idea and a neat way to add space to a kitty crate home.

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        Peter Messerschmidt 

        5 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

        I would certainly consider buying one-- at least ONE of our three would totally be into using one of these. The other two? Not sure...

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        5 years ago

        What a great idea! I think I will make one very soon. I'm sure my kitty would love to have one for her favorite viewing spot where she lay on the edge of the bannister to watch what is happening everywhere in the house.

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        Kimberley Vico 

        5 years ago

        I'd attempt in making one! Looks pretty easy and what a great idea! Thank you! I'm recommending your lens to a couple of good cat loving friends of mine! Cheers... Squidelle : )

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        Fay Favored 

        5 years ago from USA

        I'd really like to make one, but don't think my machine could do it. Yours look great. I know the cats appreciate it. We run out of bedding at the resuce center and foster house, so this is a really good thing to donate. Thank you for what you do to help our furry friends.

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        Coreena Jolene 

        5 years ago

        I made a cat hammock once and my daughter has it for her cat. We use the big crates when we take our cats places. Mine was not quite as fancy schmancy as your. I love yours. Great lens and how nice that you make these to help cats waiting adoption.

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        5 years ago

        Thanks for sharing your tips on how to make a cat hammock. I have heard that cats love hammocks but we have two hanging up in our covered deck and our cats never go on them. Could it be that they just like cat sized hammocks?

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        5 years ago

        I don't sew too well but will consider buying a couple. Never even knew there was such a thing - yeesh, I gotta get out more

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        5 years ago

        I had no idea that cats loved hammocks or that you could make them. thanks for the lens... :)

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        5 years ago

        These hammocks are very cute. A great idea to use recycled materials on. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

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        Renaissance Woman 

        5 years ago from Colorado

        I absolutely love these cat hammocks. Can you believe I didn't know about hammocks for felines until visiting this creative lens? My girls would adore having their very own handmade hammocks. Thanks so much for the idea, the pattern, and your customized tips. Appreciated!

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        Renaissance Woman 

        5 years ago from Colorado

        I would like to sew my own hammocks for the girls.

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        5 years ago

        I like the under the table hammock. My cats have one in their cat tree already.

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        5 years ago

        Yes I will! Probably more than one but will start with one for my kitty. Then the organization, Forgotten Felines of Maine that I work with, will probably get a few!

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        5 years ago

        I did want to get a hammock for my cat, but he had only three legs, and couldn't climb up. Nice lens!

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        5 years ago

        I no longer have any kitties, but it sounds like a great idea, especially the kind that you can hide under a table or chair. I can imagine that cats would love that.


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