How to Build Your Own Cat Tree

By Mandi Rogier

How to Build Your Own Cat Tree

Building a cat tree is one piece of furniture your cat will love, and it’s easy for you to build yourself. By building your own cat products you will save money and create something special for your furry friend.

By Mandi Rogier

OverviewAt heart, a cat is just as wild as a tiger or a lion. A cat has the same natural instinct to claw at things, to run and jump, and to sleep for many hours during the day. Cats really enjoy climbing objects. Some researchers think that they like to be able to view an entire area at once. Pet stores realize the needs cats have and sell furniture in all shapes and sizes for cats to climb on. These “cat trees” are simple wooden structures that can be easily reproduced at home.Step 1Cut your materials to size. Cut the PVC pipe lengthwise, and then cut one of those halves into three equal pieces. These will be used as cat perches. Divide both of the 8-inch-long, 2-by-4-inch boards into 1 4-foot-6 piece, 1 2-foot-9 piece, and 1 9-inch piece. You should now have two of each of these pieces. Drill two holes into each piece on the bottom end. These will be the posts of the cat tree. Cut the 7-foot 1-by-2-inch piece into 3 19-inch lengths and 2 13-inch lengths. These will be used to attach the perches.Step 2Assemble the posts by connecting the 19-inch 1-by-2-inch piece to the matching post pieces. Place one piece of the 1-by-2-inch piece between each pair of posts and nail them together with the 1-by-2-inch piece between the posts, not on top.Step 3Glue one of the base pieces on top of the other. Once this base has dried, drill 12 holes into the underside of the board to be used in connecting the posts. One set of 6 holes will be on the left vertical side of the base, with the other 6 on the right vertical side. Make sure each set of holes is about 2 inches from the outer edge of the board. Once the holes are drilled, countersink them. This means that once screws are placed in the holes, the screw heads will be flush with the wood. Cover the top part of the base with the fabric. Staple this into place by wrapping the fabric around the top and stapling on the bottom of the base only.Step 4Line the holes on the posts up with the holes on the base and bolt them into place. Start with the smaller perch posts and work your way up until the largest posts have been secured.Step 5Set the tree up onto its base. Clamp the 13-inch 1-by-2-inch pieces onto the tree between the 2-foot-9 and 4-foot-6 side posts about 21 inches from the bottom of the tree. Place the 13-by-19-inch piece of plywood on top of these supports to check how level the 1-by-2-inch pieces are. Once the shelf is level, remove the 13-by-19-inch plywood and screw the 1-by-2-inch supports into place. Set the 13-by-19-inch plywood back onto the supports and screw it into place as well. Cover the shelf with carpet, stapling the carpet into place on the bottom of the piece.Step 6Place one piece of the divided PVC pipe onto the 9-inch support posts. Screw it into place by drilling two screws into each post through the PVC pipe. Repeat this step up the posts until all 3 PVC sections are in place. Cover the PVC sections with carpet and glue the carpet into place. It’s best to apply the glue and then the carpet, clamping it in place while the glue dries.Step 7Finish the cat tree by wrapping each of the wooden posts in the rope. This will give the cat a place to sharpen his claws, along with providing a softer edge to the wood.skill3ingredientDrill and drill bits
Tape measure
Staple gun with staples
Utility knife
22-inch-long, 12-inch-diameter PVC pipe
2 8-inch-long, 2-by-4-inch boards
7-foot-long, 1-by-2-inch boards
19-by-13-inch piece of plywood
2 2-by-2 foot sheets of ¾-inch plywood
500 feet of 3/8-inch rope
Bolts and washers
NailsingredientsDrill and drill bitsingredientsHammeringredientsClampsingredientsLevelingredientsTape measureingredientsGlueingredientsSawingredientsStaple gun with staplesingredientsUtility knifeingredientsCarpetingredients22-inch-long, 12-inch-diameter PVC pipeingredients2 8-inch-long, 2-by-4-inch boardsingredients7-foot-long, 1-by-2-inch boardsingredients19-by-13-inch piece of plywoodingredients2 2-by-2 foot sheets of ¾-inch plywoodingredients500 feet of 3/8-inch ropeingredientsScrewsingredientsBolts and washersingredientsNailstipFor some added enjoyment, try dangling cat toys that make noise or are filled with cat nip from various points of the cat tree.tipsFor some added enjoyment, try dangling cat toys that make noise or are filled with cat nip from various points of the cat tree.warningFailure to follow tool safety guidelines may cause bodily harm. Always wear proper protection when using tools.warningsFailure to follow tool safety guidelines may cause bodily harm. Always wear proper protection when using tools.keywordcat tree toy build playkeywordscatkeywordstreekeywordstoykeywordsbuildkeywordsplayResourcesreferenceHow to Build a Cat TreereferenceCat Furniture Plans and Blueprints for Towers, Scratching Posts, and CondosresourceHow Cats Play

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