How to Make Cat Furniture

You may want to learn how to make cat furniture in order to save your own furniture from being damaged by your feline companion. Indoor cats can benefit from having their own furniture upon which to lounge, sleep, play, climb and scratch. Since store-bought cat furniture is often expensive, consider making it yourself. Homemade feline furniture can be crafted from everyday objects around your property or from materials found at your local hardware store.


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    Draw plans to build a cat tree or kitty condo using basic lumber and hardware supplies. This type of cat furniture has a variety of design options which you can customize to suit your space and your cat's needs. For instance, instead of using cut lumber, you could substitute sturdy bark-covered tree limbs or trunks for the main structure.
    • Incorporate perches and enclosed boxes or tunnels. Hang toys from the structure for the cats to play with. Use carpet or fake fur to cover the perches and boxes, giving the cats soft places to sit and sleep.
    • Wrap the posts with sisal rope. Doing this makes the structure easy to climb and useful as a scratching post.
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    Design a simplified version of a cat tree by using an ordinary stepladder as the main structure.
    • Use two by fours on the bottom to make the ladder more secure. You might add a plywood base covered with carpet to add further stability.
    • Wrap the rungs in sisal rope to aid climbing.
    • Add perches and other features to make the structure more comfortable and interesting to your cat. Be sure the perches and platforms are strong enough to support your cat's weight.
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    Glue high-grade carpet to boxes or pieces of wood to make an inexpensive scratching post.Your might use a natural material such as tree bark. This useful piece of cat furniture can help save your furniture from being ruined. Cats instinctively scratch to mark territory and to relieve stress and anxiety. It is also a way for them to exercise and stretch.
    • Be sure the scratching post is tall enough for the cat to stretch her whole body.
    • Entice your cat to use the scratching post instead of your couch by rewarding her with treats and by rubbing the carpet with catnip.
    • Position several scratching posts around the house for your cat to use instead of only one. This will make it less likely that he will use a piece of your furniture to scratch instead of his own.
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    Provide safe perches in windows. Cats like being up high and enjoy being in the sun and watching activity through windows. Measure the area under the window. Using 4 pieces of wood, make a box and add a platform to the top for a perch. Add another platform, twice the size of the top perch to the bottom to make a sturdy base. Cover with carpet.
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    Reuse items like old dresser drawers, milk crates, boxes or shelving to make cat furniture. Line them with carpet to make them more practical for use by felines.
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    Earn money by selling well-crafted and well-designed cat furniture at flea markets or online. You might convince a pet store to sell them on consignment.


  • Be sure there are no nails and other fasteners sticking out of the structure as these could pose a safety hazard for your pet.

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