Hammocks for Cats - Cat Hammocks
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. Let's look at some hammocks for cats! :)
(Photo via Val Thomsen with FurrEver Pets)
Hammocks for Cats - How to Make a Hammock for Cats
My cat hammock design was based largely on this PDF pattern made available FREE thru ShelterStratagies.com. Following the linked pattern will result in a square-shaped hammock or you may choose to make a more rectangular-shaped hammock as I've done.
NOTE: below under Tips you'll see I've increased the length of the corner tabs. I am cutting each at 15" in length which will be 7 1/2" once the tab is folded in half and sewn in place. This length works REALLY well for the Cat House at the Hawaiian Humane Society AND the portable wire cat kennels. You may find a different length works better, but in general a longer length gives you more versatility.
The dimensions I used to create a large size 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 a large variety of wire cages made for cats and dogs.
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
Cat Hammock Kitty Close Up!
Supplies Needed to Make Hammocks for Cats
This is the exact brand of webbing I use to make my diy cat hammocks. Strong and easy to sew. Great bargain!
Tips in Making Cat Hammocks
Follow the general directions in the FREE PDF pattern to construct a hammock for cats. After making several cat hammocks from the pattern, I've added tips and suggestions here which I hope you'll find helpful.
PLEASE read thru this section first BEFORE beginning to make a cat hammock.
- 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.
The completed hammock IS reversible which is ideal! And remember when choosing fabric, just keep it soft and washable and sturdy. Cats DO NOT care about colors, just the comfort. :)
Sizes to cut: 27" x 17 1/2" for Large
22" x 13 1/2" for Small/Medium
- I always purchase mattress pad covers from the local thrift shop to line my hammocks and also to line my cat cage lining quilts I make for the Humane Society. Note: the lining should be cut 1" smaller than the dimensions of the hammock side cut in step 1 above.
This is important: When you cut the four corner tab lengths of 1" wide polypro webbing I've discovered the hammocks are much more accommodating when you cut each tab at 15" in length. Also make sure to use a disposable lighter to lightly singe the edges to prevent fraying of the webbing.
- Picture shows the top side of the cat hammock piece (with sides and ends already folded and ironed according to pattern directions) lying on the wool blanket remnant I've chosen for the opposite side of the cat hammock.
- Reinforce the corner tabs well by sewing several times through all layers.
- Completed hammocks for cats. The carabiners I prefer to use are the size 6mm or 8mm. They measure in length between 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" long. They are made of anodized aluminum with a spring loaded closure. (These are NOT the super heavy duty carabiners used to support a persons weight in climbing, but these are perfect for the cat hammocks.)
My Corner Cat Hammock PDF Pattern - available 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 kitten awaiting adoption in Texas enjoying a cat hammock I made here in Hawaii. Animal advocates working together helping to SAVE LIVES. :)
(Photo via Val Thomsen with FurrEver Pets)
If you were a cat, what kind of hammock would you prefer?
Sew a Quality Cat Hammock with this Quality Sewing Machine!
This 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! :)
Cat Hammock for Mama Cat
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!
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!
(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.
Basic black cat crib.