How to make a cat tree?

 How to make a cat tree?

How to make a cat tree?

By nature, the cat likes to jump from place to place, hide, play, settle comfortably to sleep, and, of course, scratch.

If you don't have a garden or if you want to give your pet a space of its own, despite everything, in your house, give it a cat tree! It will cost you between €35 ​​and €140 depending on the size, complexity, and materials. Otherwise, you can also make it yourself ...

Characteristics of a cat tree

If you want your cat tree to be welcomed by your cat and useful for him, a few functions and qualities are essential.

First of all, the height is decisive: the higher it is, the more the cat will enjoy climbing to the top, the ideal place for an observer. Generally, the central pole is the main axis, which must be covered with rope or sisal, ideal materials for the animal to adopt this surface to scratch rather than your furniture, bottom of doors, or walls!

Then there should be enough hiding places, tunnels, and platforms for the cat to jump from one to another. The diversity of locations at different levels is also a point not to be overlooked while ensuring the good stability of the structure as a whole.

Finally, you will have to encourage your cat to play by filling the tree with a few small toys such as bouncing balls, squeaking fake mice, bell accessories, stuffed animals stuffed with catnip that will arouse its sense of smell...

Finally, the cat tree must fit well into your interior: opt for a design that matches your furniture and your style. Choose soft and thick fabrics, imitation fur, in colors that match your interior. Do the same for the sisal color. Do not forget that the cat tree will occupy a certain space in your living room: it would be a shame if it made a stain.

To have a cat tree perfectly adapted to your decoration and the design of your interior, do it yourself!

How to make a cat tree?

Stages of making a cat tree

Start by drawing the plan of your cat tree by first imagining the basic structure which will be placed on the ground and which will have to ensure the stability of the whole. Define its dimensions, they will condition the size of the rest. If you have the space, a baseboard of 120 x 50 cm seems to be well suited.

Try as much as possible to use recycled boards and materials. An old discarded shelf will be perfect. You can use another shelving board of the same size that you will partially carve to leave a slope for your cat to climb when it climbs.
At each level of the shelf, you can create hiding places and platforms according to your inspiration with the imperative that they are adapted to the size of your tomcat, including for their access. Moreover, rounded openings will be visually happier. Wooden wine boxes will make unusual hiding places for your little feline and pieces of rigid PVC pipes with a minimum diameter of 15 cm will make playful tunnels! Also, remember to install a perch at the very top by cutting support from a wooden board 20 to 25 cm in diameter or side depending on whether you make it round or square. Consider the size of your cat! Fix this support on a cleat by screwing it in the center.

If you can, raise the cat tree up to 2m. Secure the shelves securely with vertical tubes at each corner. To do this, recover shelf uprights, use old table legs or PVC tubes. You will cover these uprights with tightly wrapped sisal. You will line the platforms and shelves with scraps of carpet or fabric firmly glued and stapled: faux fur, jeans, deckchair fabric... Some can be padded by putting padding under the fabric. This is also where the design comes in because you can choose the colors of all these coverings so that they match your decor.

Decorate with a few small toys, a hammock, and your cat will thank you!

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