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Hammocks for Cats - Cat Hammocks

Updated on December 26, 2016

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

DIY Cat Hammock
DIY Cat Hammock

My cat hammock design was based largely on this PDF pattern made available FREE thru 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!

Cat Hammock Kitty Close Up!
Cat Hammock Kitty Close Up!

Supplies Needed to Make Hammocks for Cats

Country Brook Design 1 Inch Black Polypro Webbing, 50 Yards
Country Brook Design 1 Inch Black Polypro Webbing, 50 Yards

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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. Reinforce the corner tabs well by sewing several times through all layers.
  5. 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

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)

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DIY Cat Hammock
DIY Cat Hammock

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?

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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

Cat in Hammock
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

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.


Will you be making a cat hammock or purchasing one?

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      TerriCarr 2 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 2 years ago from West Virginia

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

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      SteveKaye 3 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 3 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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      nonya222 3 years ago

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

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      writerkath 3 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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      CoolKarma 3 years ago

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

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      Peter Messerschmidt 3 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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      junkcat 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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      anonymous 3 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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      anonymous 4 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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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

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

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      acreativethinker 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Colorado

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

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

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

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      SPhilbrick 4 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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