How to Build a Cardboard Cat Playhouse

A quick way to build a cardboard cat playhouse is to use just a few simple materials that you most likely have lying about at home. If not, pop down to the local grocery store and ask for a spare cardboard box and, coupled with a few pieces of string, you'll have the basis of the cat's playhouse.

Steps

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    Get the cardboard box. Ensure that it is large enough for the cat to get into comfortably.
    • Use sturdy cardboard because cats, especially kittens, are rough on things.
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    Unfold the side flaps. Cut them off with the knife. This will leave a rectangular prism shape, without the two sides (flap-free).
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    Poke the amount of holes you want in the top of the box using the screwdriver. Leave about an inch (2.5cm) between the holes. Each hole will hang the play strings, so consider how many are likely to be entertaining for your cat when determining the amount.
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    Cut the string with the scissors into strands of about five inches (12.5cm) long. You'll need a length of string per each hole made.
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    Thread the string through the holes in the top of the box. Tie knots at the top of the string so that the tops cannot fit through the hole. Leave the rest of the string to dangle into the box.
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    Do this for the rest of the strings.
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    Done. The playhouse is finished. Call kitty to come and give it a try. The idea is to let you cat investigate in its own time, enter the box, find the strings and start to bat at them with its paws.

Tips

  • If you like, cut windows in the sides to allow the cats/kittens to look through them or climb through. If you do this, cut about two inches away from the edge so that it does not rip.
  • If you wish, hang a small catnip stuffed toy off one of the strings.
  • This has been kitten/cat approved and most kittens/cats will like it.

Warnings

  • Use appropriate care when handling and working with the knife or screwdriver.
  • Make sure your cat does not go in the playhouse when you are cutting.

Things You'll Need

  • A pocket knife
  • A screwdriver
  • A cardboard box
  • String

Article Info

Categories: Cat Toys