Make Your Own Cat Trees, Towers, and Other Structures

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Why Homemade Cat Structures?

Cat trees, condos, and scratching posts can be some of the most expensive items you'll ever buy for your cat, yet they really enrich the lives of our feline friends. They give cats places to play, areas to claw, and perches from which to view their territories. Cats without these things are really missing out, and you are too, since watching them enjoy their trees and condos is great fun, plus it saves your furniture from being used instead.

Store-bought cat structures can be pretty expensive. Depending on quality and size, they can run up to hundreds of dollars. But it's not necessary to spend that much. With even the barest of carpentry skills, you can build your own and custom design them with your house and cat in mind.

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Simple Platform Tree

It's not hard at all to make a cat tree. You just need a solid base, some posts, and a few platforms. Things to consider in your design:

  • Keep in mind that it will be more comfortable for the cat if they can access the levels in stair-step fashion. Arrange the levels from shortest to tallest to make it easy for your cat to climb.
  • Cover the posts with rope or carpeting. Keep in mind that carpet wears out pretty fast and is hard to replace, while rope is pretty easy. Also, it seems that most cats prefer the rope.

Sphynx on a Simple Tree Branch Cat Tree

Anyone can do a cat tree like this one! All you need is a great branch. Use a little ingenuity to attach it to a solid base and add some rope and a couple shelves.
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Anyone can do a cat tree like this one! All you need is a great branch. Use a little ingenuity to attach it to a solid base and add some rope and a couple shelves.
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To make this cat tree, you will need the items listed below, though you may want to alter the design to fit your cat and home. Perhaps you want it shorter or wider, bigger or smaller platforms, whatever— simply adjust the sizes to fit.

  • 3 4" x 4" posts: 2' long, 3' long, and 4' long
  • 3 round or square shelves (about a foot square)
  • 19 L-brackets
  • A large (about 3' square), heavy piece of wood for the base, fairly thick (3/4" is good)
  • Bolts with matching nuts to connect the platforms to the posts and the posts to the base with the brackets. Make sure the bolts are fairly short, but long enough to go through the wood and still have room to put a bolt on the other side
  • Really short wood screws (about 1/2")
  • 1" wood screws
  • Drill
  • Staples and a staple gun
  • Carpet and/or rope
  1. First, cut the wood to the desired sizes. Often your neighborhood home improvement store can do this for you for little or no cost. You may want to alter the post length a little so that one 8' 4" x 4" post will be enough for your entire project. Don't forget to check the cut bin at the store: Sometimes you'll find some great usable pieces there. You can also use scrap wood if you want.
  2. On the base, mark out where you want the posts. Try to get them fairly close to center so the structure will be steady. Mark the outlines of the 4" x 4"s on the base, so you have three 4" x 4" squares outlined on the base. (Tip: Make sure you use one of the posts as a stencil, since 4" x 4"s are not always exactly 4" x 4").
  3. Arrange one of the L-brackets along one side of each post's outline and mark where you need to drill the holes. Move the bracket out of the way and drill holes for the bolts all the way through the base. Do this for each of the four L-brackets that are going around each post. You may want to countersink the area around each hole on the bottom of the base to prevent the bolts from coming in contact with the floor and scratching it up.
  4. Feed a bolt up from the bottom of the base, through the hole in the bracket, and then put a nut on it. Do this for each of the bolts until all of the brackets are in place. Test the post to make sure it fits and make adjustments if necessary.
  5. Now that all the brackets are in place, you will want to carpet the base. Get a piece of carpet big enough to cover the entire top of the base with several inches left over on all sides. Set the carpet on top of the base, then mark where you will need to cut holes for the posts. Cut just an X where the post will go at first, then make sure the carpet is in the exact right place so that the brackets come through the hole. Push the carpet all the way down to where it will sit. This will leave the brackets uncovered and the carpet in place. Trim off the edges of the carpet.
  6. Attach the edges of the carpet under the base using the short wood screws. When you drill them in, make sure they don't come out the top of the board. If your wood screws aren't short enough, you will need to use a staple gun instead.
  7. After the carpet is secured to the base, set each post in its spot and attach to the brackets using the 1" wood screws.
  8. Attach the end of the rope near the bottom of a post using a wood screw. Don't worry about having it at the exact bottom: You can overlap the rope over it (thereby covering the end and making the rope more secure). Wrap the rope around and around the post, covering up the end and then working your way all the way to the top. Secure at the top with a few more wood screws so it won't come undone. Do the other posts.
  9. After the posts are wrapped, secure the platforms to the top of the posts with brackets. Do this by setting the platforms on top of their posts, marking where the holes need to be, then drilling holes for the bolts to go through. Putting the bolts through the holes in the shelves first, then through the brackets, will leave the bigger, bulkier ends underneath the shelves and not visible.
  10. In the photograph, all of the shelves are round. You can choose round, square, or rectangular platforms. Also, the picture shows shelves with sides on them: I'm including sides for the shelves in these instructions because they can be fairly difficult to make and your cat will like it just fine without them. If you want, you can affix a kitty bed with sides on top of one of the shelves.
  11. After the platforms are attached to the posts, simply cover each one with carpet, wrapping the edges down underneath the platform and attaching with either wood screws or staples just as you did with the base.

That's it! A fairly simple and very nice little cat tree.

Homemade Cat Tree Diagram

Homemade Cat Tree Diagram: If you want, you can combine two of the 4x4s.
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Homemade Cat Tree Diagram: If you want, you can combine two of the 4x4s.

Cat Tree Attached to the Wall

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Made of scrap wood and recycled materials.Diagram of the cat tree.Scrap wood covered in carpet (with trim on edge).The carpet is glued on and the edging is done with glue and a staple gun.Slot made in a plotter roll which will eventually be a support.Testing out types of string to see which is better.  Plastic plugs that come with the roll of paper for the plotter at work.String wrapped around the tube, even around the cutout slots.Platforms wedged in the slots on the rolls and attached to the wall.Pictures from Daveybot
Made of scrap wood and recycled materials.
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Made of scrap wood and recycled materials.
Diagram of the cat tree.
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Diagram of the cat tree.
Scrap wood covered in carpet (with trim on edge).
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Scrap wood covered in carpet (with trim on edge).
The carpet is glued on and the edging is done with glue and a staple gun.
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The carpet is glued on and the edging is done with glue and a staple gun.
Slot made in a plotter roll which will eventually be a support.
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Slot made in a plotter roll which will eventually be a support.
Testing out types of string to see which is better.
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Testing out types of string to see which is better.
Plastic plugs that come with the roll of paper for the plotter at work.
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Plastic plugs that come with the roll of paper for the plotter at work.
String wrapped around the tube, even around the cutout slots.
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String wrapped around the tube, even around the cutout slots.
Platforms wedged in the slots on the rolls and attached to the wall.
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Platforms wedged in the slots on the rolls and attached to the wall.
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Large Cat Tree

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Cats Need to Scratch

In the wild, cats use their claws quite often to catch food, protect themselves, and defend their territory. Being kept in the house does not cause a cat's claws to grow less. Physically and psychologically, cats need to use their claws and use them often.

Without cat trees and scratching posts, cats will scratch your furniture and anything else that satisfies their natural need to claw. It is something that you will have to deal with if you decide to have a cat: their claws and their need to use them are just part of what makes them cats and there's no way to prevent this behavior. Even "declawing" them by removing their fingertips (cutting of the section that grows their claws) does not remove their obsession with clawing, it just makes it irritating to painful for them.

That's why it is so important to have at least a few scratching posts around. This gives them a healthy and harmless outlet for their natural behavior and may prevent them from scratching your furniture.

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The Simplest of DIY Scratching Posts

For a really easy scratching post, take a small board, cover it with rope, then hang it on the wall. All you need is board, rope, a staple gun, and a nail to hang it.

Since cats like to stretch up as far as possible to mark their territory with their claws, place this scratch so that your cat's paws reach about the middle of the pad when he or she is fully stretched out.

Climbing Scratching Post

The scratching post shown in the video above isn't homemade, it's actually just a modified cat tree, but if you think your cats might like to climb as well as scratch, it wouldn't be that difficult to make your own.

  1. Cover a tall board or long pole with sisal rope by attaching the end of the rope to the bottom of the pole with a staple gun, then keep wrapping it until you reach the top. Staple the rope to that end and cut off the excess.
  2. You might also want to drill a few screws into the wood at various places to secure the rope and make sure it won't come loose when kitty is climbing on it. Long staples could also work, though you'd want to be very careful to ensure that they're secure and don't work loose over time.
  3. The trickiest part is connecting the post to the floor and ceiling. You'll want a nice steady base— if the post moves around, the cat won't use it, and it won't be safe. You can attach the post to the floor and ceiling using at least four L-brackets such as those used to hold up shelves: One on each side of the post, top and bottom, will make it pretty sturdy. Another option, and I think the simplest and best, is to nail the post to the wall. This is an easy and stable solution. Attach it to the wall in several places to make it really sturdy. Whatever you do though, make sure the post doesn't have a chance of tipping over, it could really hurt your furry one if it did.

Customizing Options: You can play with this idea and customize your own structure. For example, for the cat who likes to climb up and then sit to survey the scene, instead of one long post you could have several shelves covered in rope and staggered up the wall.

If you already have posts in your house as part of the design, I've seen people wrap those posts with rope so their cats can use them. If you're lucky enough to have a random post in your house, you might do the same.

Homemade Scratch Pad

Create a Quick and Simple Cat Scratcher

This is one of the simplest ways to create a cat scratcher: Simply find a nice log to use. Most cats actually prefer real wood logs over anything else. They don't care about fancy or pretty, all they care about is if it is scratchable. A nice log, about eight inches wide or more and a couple of feet long, that is still pretty fresh is the ultimate in their eyes. You can easily find some nice-looking ones in the woods or even go to a place that sells firewood. It is cheap, easy, and popular, though the shredded pieces of wood can make a bit of a mess.

If you bring a log into your house, make sure there are no uninvited guests (like termites or beetles) coming with it. Get a fresh log, then wrap it tight inside a plastic trash bag and leave it outside for a week or so. This should kill any insects.

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Tepee Cat Scratching Post

This is quite simple to make at home.

  • All you need is two pieces of wood that are the same size plus one piece that is about four inches longer on all sides.
  • Cover them with carpet or rope, then attach the two smaller boards to the larger one with six brackets from the hardware store: Two V-shaped brackets to attach the boards at the top of the peak, and another two brackets to secure each board to the base (two on each board).

Customization Options: You could include a little platform at the top of the tepee. You could also use hinges instead of brackets so that it folds down. If you do this, you'll have to think of some way to secure each hinge so that it doesn't fold when you don't want it to. You might consider installing the hinges or brackets so that they go under the carpet to make it look a little bit nicer.

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Kitty Castle & Cat Condos

With some plywood, carpet, wood, a cardboard box, and some nails, you can get creative when building a condo or castle for your cat. Scroll down for design ideas.

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Cardboard Cat Condo

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Sturdy apple boxes can make a super easy cat hide-out.Cutting a hole through both the lid and bottom of the box to make windows or doors.Cut off pieces taped to the top for support.Tape two boxes together to make a second floor.Tape them together really well.Finished cat condo, with an occupant.Checking it out.Everyone wants in.Cat condo cruiser.
Sturdy apple boxes can make a super easy cat hide-out.
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Sturdy apple boxes can make a super easy cat hide-out.
Cutting a hole through both the lid and bottom of the box to make windows or doors.
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Cutting a hole through both the lid and bottom of the box to make windows or doors.
Cut off pieces taped to the top for support.
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Cut off pieces taped to the top for support.
Tape two boxes together to make a second floor.
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Tape two boxes together to make a second floor.
Tape them together really well.
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Tape them together really well.
Finished cat condo, with an occupant.
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Finished cat condo, with an occupant.
Checking it out.
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Checking it out.
Everyone wants in.
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Everyone wants in.
Cat condo cruiser.
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Cat condo cruiser.

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Kitty Hideout Made of Boxes

You don't have to have any carpentry skills to put something together, all you need is some sturdy boxes and tape. Kitties don't care what their play structure looks like.

The benefits of using boxes:

  • You can cover it with pretty paper or fabric to match your decor.
  • Because it didn't cost a thing, you can simply get rid of it if you have company.
  • It won't last very long. A well-made structure for a gentle cat could last for years, but for hyper kitties it will be lucky to last six months. Replace it with a new and different play structure and you cat will never get bored.

Making a Cat House

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Pictures from lancefisherHouse framework set on the carpeted base.Arched door cut.Carpeted top set on the base.
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House framework set on the carpeted base.
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House framework set on the carpeted base.
Arched door cut.
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Arched door cut.
Carpeted top set on the base.
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Carpeted top set on the base.

Heated Cat House

Many people who live in cold areas worry about stray or feral cats when it gets cold out. This heated cat house is a great way to deal with that problem. It does cost quite a bit, about $100 due to the heating mechanism and thermostat, but even the basic box without the heating mechanism would be a nice treat for stray kitties and I'm sure if you look around you might be able to find a thermostat-controlled heating pad or heating blanket that would work well and cost less, maybe even at a thrift store (though as always, be cautious of old wiring). Rain will follow any cords, so make sure you hang the cord so water won't follow it into the box. Or even better, place the entire thing in a sheltered location such as the garage or under your porch.

Multi Cat House

Multi Cat House: This wouldn't be hard to make. It's a basic box construction, subdivided inside with holes cut out for doors and a peaked roof set in place.
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Multi Cat House: This wouldn't be hard to make. It's a basic box construction, subdivided inside with holes cut out for doors and a peaked roof set in place.
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Cat Tunnel

A pretty easy scratching and playing item for your cats is a tunnel made out of a cardboard tube covered in carpet. It is extremely easy:

  1. Take a cardboard tube such as a Quik-tube for concrete pilings and some scrap carpet.
  2. Cut the tube to the length you want, then place the carpet against the tube and measure to fit.
  3. Trim the carpet so that it will fit securely around the tube, with a little hanging over on each end, then cover the tube with a strong glue that will work on both the carpet and the cardboard. You may want to do a little at a time: Add some glue, push the carpet onto that area, then coat another bit of area.
  4. Once the carpet is completely covering the outside of the tube, put some glue around the inside edge and press the carpet onto it so that all the carpet is attached. If you want you can also line the inside of the tube with carpet.
  5. You can also use sturdy fabric in place of the carpet, and just attach it the same way.
  6. Let the tube dry thoroughly, then lay this down on the ground and kitty will love to run around inside.

More Ideas

These are just some more great ideas to make your cat structures better. Putting shelves on the walls for them, ladders to areas they like to go, and just generally adding stuff you know they will like will all make your cats happier and more content. Use these pictures to spark your own ideas about what might work in your house.

Kitty Cat Playroom

Kitty Cat Playroom
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Kitty Cat Playroom
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Fun Kitty Cat Room

Fun Cat Room Ideas
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Fun Cat Room Ideas
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A Building Shortcut

There is a way to build a cat structure without having to do much construction: Simply use furniture as a starting point. Is there some old chair or shelf you've been storing in the garage for years, thinking of getting rid of? It's simple to cover it in carpet or rope and it can make a wonderful area for your cats to claw on and play with. Run by a few thrift stores to find the perfect piece that your cats will love— it will probably be cheaper than buying supplies at the home improvement store. You simply need to look at them with eyes that are open to the possibilities.

Keep It Safe

When making anything for the kitties, it's always important to keep the stuff as safe as possible. Whether homemade or store-bought, cat items can be dangerous, but if you're making them yourself, you can make it safer than anything you'd find in the store. Simply follow these tips:

Design the cat tree or other items to be structurally sound.

Don't make something that isn't going to handle the weight of your kitty jumping on it. Since cats can weigh quite a bit, add as much support as possible. You can never have too much support, but you can have too little.

Ensure that everything is going to be balanced.

I've seen cats leap five feet through the air to land on top of a cat tower, sending it rocking. If it didn't have a wide enough base, the tower and the cat would have tipped right over. Think of the cat tree you want and imagine a crazed beast launching itself straight at it: Is it going to hold up to the onslaught? The wider the base the better, and if possible, it's always nice to attach the structure to the wall. Water-heater earthquake straps work well for this. Also, put heavier sections down lower, and smaller platforms up higher. The added weight at the base will keep the structure steadier.

Attach everything well.

Nails are better than tacks, and screws are better than nails. Whatever you attach, whether it is carpet or rope or whatever, you don't want it easily coming loose. Nails and tacks and staples tend to work their way out over time, and a loose nail is a dangerous nail. Make sure anything is pounded into the wood really well, and if possible use screws where you can. If you use staples anywhere, give them an extra tap with a hammer to make sure they're seated deeply in the wood since most staple guns do not sink them fully.

Items Useful for Cat Structures

Sonotubes or Quik-Tubes

Sonotubes or Quik-tubes are brand-name sturdy cardboard tubes used as molds for wet cement. They are essential for building cat condos and other cat structures. Covered with carpet or rope, cats love to lay in them and play inside them. They come in several different sizes, including 8", 10", and 12" in diameter, and different lengths as well. They are usually available in the concrete or masonry section of your local home improvement store.

Cardboard Barrels

Cardboard barrels are used to hold food and other bulk items in many big stores. If you can find them, these make great cat condos and tree bases since sometimes the cardboard cement tubes are not big enough. Cardboard barrels come in several sizes, and are most likely to be found at places that stock bulk food or at some army surplus stores.

Sisal Rope

It's important to use natural ropes such as sisal or hemp to wrap the cat tower since slippery, plasticky-feeling synthetic materials like nylon aren't good. Sisal is cheap and readily available. Hemp is a bit more expensive but it is sturdier. Since you will need quite a lot of it and it is supposed to be torn up by your cats, most people get the cheaper sisal. 3/8" is the best size to use for cat items.


If you have scrap carpet, that's just fine, especially if you had your house carpeted and have some leftover since the cat structure will match your house. If you have to purchase carpet, try to get a good kind that is stain-resistant as well as sturdy since it will endure some heavy wear and tear and you want it to last. Most cats prefer short-napped, Berber-type carpets, though if you are going to buy something you may want to bring a sample home to see if your kitty likes it since cats have very definite opinions about what they like and don't like.


When you purchase wood for your cat structures, you will most likely be getting things like plywood and 2x4 posts. It's often best to have the store cut the wood to the size you need since then you don't have to use a saw or deal with large sheets of lumber. Do not get “treated” or “pressure-treated” wood; it is soaked in toxic substances that are harmful for cats and people to breathe or ingest.

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AlishaV 11 months ago from Reno, Nevada Hub Author

I just use the little L angles they make for putting up shelves. I haven't seen a source for the connections themselves, though you could always find an old cat tree that was being thrown away and take them off of that.

Stephen 12 months ago

Great tips, but I am going crazy trying to find what and where to get the part that will go inside the "tubes" that allows you to put a bolt or screw threw into the platforms. You have links to all the various types of tubes, but nothing on how to attach "hollow tubes". Little help please!

nubieaff 13 months ago

great len - this is like wikipedia

Anka7 16 months ago

Awesome! I have 5 cats, and they always need new playthings to keep them busy. I'm going to build them something right now! Thanks!

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favored 17 months ago from USA Level 3 Commenter

We have been thinking about making some of these lately. I appreicate you including videos and links. Gives us a lot to consider in constructing the right one for the kitties.

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Gwondo 20 months ago

Lots of good information. Love the videos.

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Radgrl 21 months ago

Wow love your tips!

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teelover 21 months ago

Great tips, thanks for sharing!!!

Victoria-Lynn 21 months ago

This is very thorough. I have tons of scratchers, but I've never made my own. I love the photos of the cat rooms just for cats!

Im2keys 23 months ago

love the kitty shelves especially, great lens!

FrancescaBelluci 24 months ago

Must try it for my kitty! I'm pretty sure he will love it :D

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dennispowens 2 years ago

Nice job!

adoptionfirst 2 years ago

I really need to try to make some of these items. They can be very expensive and I am in need of cat scratches, houses and trees quite often and it might be a great way to raise money as well for my organization! Thanks for the great info!

shjn3006 2 years ago

It's very interested and I want to it now0

jura 2 years ago

I do not have a cat but this lens have a lot of great ideas

anonymous 2 years ago

My little cats would love a few posts like these.. Maybe one rainy weekend i will attempt to build one myself!

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Stephanie36 2 years ago from Canada

This is a great lens! My little guy loves his cat tree.

mathew31 2 years ago

Very interesting lens to read! Great job.

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sierradawn lm 2 years ago

My Ragdoll cats weigh 15 pounds & they tear up their cat trees fast. I have to replace their cat climbing trees every few months. So this lens has been very helpful to me. I have always wanted to build cat trees strong & durable enough for big cats to jump on. Thank you for sharing the instructions on how to go about doing this!

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Leigh Stratton 2 years ago

WOW! What a great and super informative lens! I have been meaning to buy or build a cat condo for the longest time now, especially since my two felines STILL prefer to shred my roommate's furniture over the four scratching posts they have (I firmly believe it's more of a behavioral "how dare you work full time, human?!" thing than sub-par scratching posts). You have inspired me to finally move onto this new project!

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ValerieJoy 2 years ago from New Zealand

What a fantastic lens. I can see that my two cats have been missing out on a lot in life. Just as well they can't read your lens or I would busy jumping to their orders!

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SusanAston 2 years ago

Wow - this is like wikipedia

lawyer-marketing 2 years ago

Cats will definitely love this. Great lens

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HSP Connections 2 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

Wow! So many great ideas here! One of the more successful "adventures" I had with building cat furniture was wrapping sisal rope tightly around the hard fiberboard core from industrial rolls of carpeting. Those are VERY tough, and long enough that we could put it floor-to-ceiling in a part of our house with 10-foot ceilings. The cats loved that! May have to try some of your other ideas here...

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Arod17 2 years ago

this is a great idea and better than over paying for one

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Fridayonmymind LM 2 years ago

Some pretty lucky kitties here. I couldn't let my kitty see in case he felt unloved.

anonymous 2 years ago

lovely lens. Some very interesting ideas. I love cats and all animals for that matter. I have a ginger cat and she simply loves boxes!

BarbsSpot 2 years ago

Lensmaster...Also congratulations on this Lens being awarded LOTD!!

BarbsSpot 2 years ago

Lensmaster...Congratulations on the Purple Star for this lens. Even though I'm a doggie owner, I love cats, too. But they turn me into a sneeze machine indoors...

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Swisstoons 2 years ago from Michigan

You've offered a lot of useful suggestions, here, and anyone considering declawing a pet cat should take special notice of your point that declawing does not remove the urge to claw, but makes it more likely that the cat will injure her paws while attempting to do so. I'm guessing that any resulting lacerations could also become infected.

pinkpia 2 years ago

thanks for sharing, i believe that also our dog would love it :)

StrongMay 2 years ago

We have a very playful cat. We looked into buying a cat tree for him, but they were expensive and looked and felt like they would be knocked over by the force of his run-and-jump. Now I'm looking into making a more stable one for him. Thanks for the lens.

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drmork 2 years ago

My cat would love these, for sure. Great lens! Thank you for sharing.

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Ana Dilber 2 years ago

I am not really a cat-person, but these are really great advice...

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rbutler21 2 years ago

Great lens! As the owner of several indoor kitties, one of which is deaf, I would love to try some of these ideas!

AnimalHouse 2 years ago

Great information and ideas about Cat Trees! The photos are very beautiful. Would love to have one soon. Nice lens! Thank you for sharing

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AlishaV 2 years ago from Reno, Nevada Hub Author

@anonymous: Thanks! I'm glad it's helpful! I'm sorry about your kitty, FIV+ kitties can live long and healthy lives though, and it sounds like you're doing a great job. Having made outside cats indoors only, I'd recommend you get him some cat grass regularly and just ignore his initial whining to go out. He'll be grumpy about it, but will get over it soon.

anonymous 2 years ago

Great lens! So helpful for me. My sweet boy was just diagnosed FIV+ and will now be a strictly indoor kitty. He is used to hanging out on our back patio and I know he is going to be BORED. So I plan to make our indoors as appealing to him as the outdoors! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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sarasentor lm 2 years ago

You have made such a great lens.

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Ted Bergman 2 years ago

As the owner of an indoor Abby who is energetic and intelligent, I found this lens chock full of information. I might have even got an idea or two for the "games" section of my new TV show that raises money for dogs and cats. A big thanks for your time and expertise. - Ted

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Carpenter76 2 years ago

Cool lens! I will have to make a Kitty Catle :D

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victoriahaneveer 2 years ago

My cat Cleo would adore all these. Fantastic lens. Blessed!

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Kumar P S 2 years ago

Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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Kumar P S 2 years ago

Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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AlishaV 2 years ago from Reno, Nevada Hub Author

@anonymous: They make great pets, though you may want to foster a kitty for your local humane society, just to be sure it's for you.

anonymous 2 years ago

My 6 year old son has been nagging me for ages to get a cat.. I may just give into him!

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SmokeybonesJr 2 years ago

Love the lens, thank you :-)

chickie99 2 years ago

cat condos! sweet!!!

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imthepoet 2 years ago

This is an awesome lens! I think I might make some of these for my cats. The cardboard condo is a great idea. Why have I never thought to do that?!

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UniversalCats 2 years ago

Well researched article. I think I might just give one of them a try!




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smaraymond 2 years ago

My cats love their trees. Purchased trees are so expensive. I love these ideas for building your own.

getmoreinfo 2 years ago

These are great tips about How to Make our Own Cat Trees

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SilmarwenLinwelin 2 years ago

Great Lens! Very informative!

anonymous 2 years ago

Hi all. Great info on the site. FYI my company has recycled tubes. great for cat trees. You can make some real cool structures

lionmom100 2 years ago

This is a great lens. We have not made anything from scratch, but have recovered several cat posts with fresh sisal. Thanks for this.

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AlishaV 2 years ago from Reno, Nevada Hub Author

@Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much! Happy New Year to you as well!

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Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States Level 2 Commenter

Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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Country-Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

A wealth of information, and loads of ideas. My cats would be in heaven if they had half of these things. Great article!

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mrdata 2 years ago

Valuable information here! Thanks and Happy Holidays!

mistaben 2 years ago

A lot of great ideas here. Many thanks for sharing all the good information =)

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softclaws 2 years ago

Good information here - showing some appreciation and i'm quite impressed you took the time to write this tutorial!

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maherars45 3 years ago

nice lens, i will ask my sister to visit it, she has a cat

anonymous 3 years ago

Nice lens with a lot of great ideas!

anonymous 3 years ago

I love the Cat Playhouse :)

pinkgrey 3 years ago

This is great. I've spent hundreds of dollars buying cat towers, all over priced, and all fall apart within 2 years (if I'm lucky). Look forward to trying some of the ideas here - whatever i do needs to be able to withstand five cats so that is a challenge.

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ATTHED LM 3 years ago

Great lens, i feal quite silky bow i have read it for not attaching the cat tree to the wall, like the one you show.

TheBeautifulLife 3 years ago

Great lense with full of very useful information...Thank you for share...

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Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States Level 2 Commenter

In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

CristianStan 3 years ago

Interesting ideas. These should keep me busy for a while. I can't wait to see how my kitty will react.

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ziggyzane 3 years ago

Great Lens. Lots of good ideas.

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poorwendy lm 3 years ago

Never thought about making our own cat trees. But it should be a good project for a month. At least, a weekend.

GeniePark 3 years ago

We bought our cat tree, but my husband modified it quite a bit. It fits much better in our room and cat also have more fun.

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JenwithMisty 3 years ago

Great lens!!! Thanks for sharing all the great info!

kstwrt13 3 years ago

This is an exceptional lens. I have been shopping for a new cat tree and the expense of these trees are really overwhelming. Being someone that is not afraid to build just about anything I have been sketching ideas on different sheets of paper in between writing my own lens. I just happened to put in a search for cat trees and wham bam boom here I am in amazement of your lens. Awesome job on your collection! I couldn't help myself but read from top to bottom and watch each video. You really did great and I can't wait to share it with family and friends who are cat lovers.

nicole-young 3 years ago

My step dad and I made one of these when I was younger. The cats love it!

BeadCatz 3 years ago

I love your lens. We have "several" cats and this gave me some great ideas. We built our last cat tree out of an old speaker case that our neighbore threw away.

Something else to try (our cats love it): We go to yard sales and find kids play tunnels for our cats. They are bigger and better made than the actual pet tunnels you can buy. We bought a huge one a few years ago for $5 dollars.

RuralFloridaLiving 3 years ago

Love all your ideas - Great lens

gradientcat 3 years ago

This is a great lens, very interesting.

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Vikki w 3 years ago

Cats' Paradise, nice lense

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Jo11 3 years ago

Loads of great info here - adding it my favorites so I can make some of these items for my kittys, thanks so very much for your big effort!!

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you so much for this article! I need to get my cat a cat tree but they're so expensive and they look terrible... So your article gave me a bunch of really good ideas. Here's a link to a cat tree that is sold on an american website, but that could totally be home made with wood or cardboard boxes :

anonymous 3 years ago

fantastic information !! Thank you so much !!

anonymous 3 years ago

Awesome and informative lens for all of us cat lovers!

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jordanmilesbask 3 years ago

Great work..thanks for sharing!

webmm100 3 years ago

love it

webmm100 3 years ago

Love it

webmm100 3 years ago

Love it

mlt89 3 years ago

Great lens! I love the cat castle - thanks for the info :)

brynimagire 3 years ago

Woe ! excellent lens ! I love cat. Thanks.

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WhimsicalWatters 3 years ago

Thanks! My father-in-law has made kitty towers before. I hope I can successfully make a huge one for my kitties.

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tjmaj1959 3 years ago

great ideas here, thanks

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michaelprosper 3 years ago

My Cat says thank you!

drozer 3 years ago

very useful lens, for those love cats..bravo

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R D Ramos 3 years ago

This is an amazing lens! Just what I was looking for! My cats will thank you.

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peachplanet 3 years ago

Lots of useful info! I don't have a cat, but I'm an aunt :)

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greenmind 3 years ago Level 1 Commenter

Great lens! We have four cats. I need to get busy.

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Close2Art LM 3 years ago

just got a new cat, Norman, and he's a bit of a scratcher, thanks for the great info, Blessed

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nickirc lm 3 years ago

Fantastic idaes! Thanks.

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Gypzeerose 3 years ago

Great, great lens - cats really need these, and they are so esthetic. There is a room for entrepreneurs here!

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cajkovska lm 3 years ago

I think my cat need one cat tree to... thx for nice tips

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BuddyBink 3 years ago

A great lens for cat lovers like me. Thanks

jimmyworldstar 3 years ago

Thanks for the lens, I hate it when my cats scratch up the furniture and carpet. Some of those cat structures in the above pictures have a lot of dedication and time to them.

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Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

It's so depressing when a pet destroys a special piece of furniture! This is such a good lens to help prevent that. :)

Congratulations on making the front page!

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JessyGene 3 years ago

i don't have a cat but i loved looking at this page anyway. Great ideas and tips

Light-Life-Energy 3 years ago

Great article and very helpful to me just now, thank you. We inherited a kitty that produced 5 more and haven't figured out what to do with them when the weather turns cold (apartment too small for 6 altogether!). Looking forward to creating something from one of your suggestions. Feel free to visit my lens on the pets as well:

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wheresthekarma 3 years ago

Weird, i was just thinking about making one of these. I bought at cheap one at walmart and it is falling apart, so i thought, maybe ill make my own, and then i find this today :)

getopinion 3 years ago

my little Boni somehow prefers soft furniture to scratching structures:)))

miaponzo 3 years ago

I think Bibi needs one of those!!!!! She is far too in love with scratching the sofa!!! Blessed!

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mihgasper 3 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

Wow! So many great ideas! Looks like pretty easy task with all the info you presented. Thank you very much:-)

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Dee Gallemore 3 years ago

A wealth of tips and how-to's . . . blessed!

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squidoopets 3 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

Really impressive cat trees, houses and other cat goodies. Especially loved the pictures and the how to diagrams :)

myamya 3 years ago

Thanks for posting nice lens!

Helene-Malmsio 3 years ago

Wonderful lens - bookmarked it for future reference!

tebor79 3 years ago

I always wanted to build one o these for my cats

Edutopia 3 years ago

Great lens, great advice. If you are making the tree for my cat all you'd need is some duct tape and cardboard boxes. Hours and hours of entertainment right there.

jeremykim2011 3 years ago

Thanks for the information. As much as I want to, I don't have the time to create cat trees. I'd rather buy one. Great lens, though!

cmadden 3 years ago

We haven't tried building a cat-tree yet, but we have an old one on the enclosed porch (that's "outside" for our indoor kitties), one upstairs, and one downstairs - and a cat-gym downstairs as well. Of course, there are also kitty perches at three windows. Great lens.

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jadehorseshoe 3 years ago

MUCH better than store-bought structures. Fine lens!

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BudGallant LM 3 years ago

Wow, another awesome lens dedicated to people creating their own items to enhance the lives of their pets. Wonderful. Some of these look fantastic. The ones in the stores are so over-priced. I think this is a great idea!

slotowngal 4 years ago

Great job showing a lot of cat perches! I like the one that is attached to the wall. angel blessed!

anonymous 4 years ago

great designs indeed, enjoyed what these look like and how one can make their own, here's a 'thumbs up' from one animal lover to another.

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SandraGahlinger 4 years ago

Hi Alisha, I Love, Love, Love your cat tree lens. I just sent this link to my hubs - with a big hint from our kitties that they'd really like a kitty castle (one each). Thanks for sharing all these great plans and ideas.

333ideas 4 years ago

Wow! Another GREAT page AlishaV!!! I especially love the large cat tree toward the top of the page! And the simple little scratching post on the side of the book shelf - great idea! I never thought of that. That's a good way to prevent cats from scratching their favorite "furniture scratch spots". Love it! From 333ideas @

MustangHistory 4 years ago

Cats in a home make it cozy.

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hlkljgk 4 years ago from Western Mass

such a good idea. i imagine quite the money saver. Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

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miacarter 4 years ago from SW Florida

Great ideas! Great job with this lens.

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PurplePansy LM 4 years ago

Wow, this is a really great resource. Lots of great ideas and information on how to do it. My cats may just love you for it!

samsarah 4 years ago

wow, really sweet lens

anonymous 4 years ago

it's been a goal to make my own cat tree. thanks for the ideas

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kweni16 4 years ago from London

i'm personally a dog person but your lens got me to read all the way through! i had no idea how tedious a cat can be as a pet...but come to think of it...seems like their much behaved compared to dogs!

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annieangel1 4 years ago from Yorkshire, England

an amazing lens I love it - angel blessed and featured on

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benzwm021 lm 4 years ago

Hey great information, cat trees are very beneficial for cats and owners. If you want to look at some cat trees that actually look like real trees, check out our lens at

anonymous 4 years ago

it's great, i always love a good read. thank you!


get the perfect DIY conservatory to improve the look and feel of your home!

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Hip and Hot 4 years ago

Nice lens! I like all the building instructions and videos.... Very Helpful!

oana_r 4 years ago

Fantastic job! I am a cat lover and I much appreciate people like you

Karenfitch1 4 years ago

I really enjoyed your site, it inspired me to try to make a cat tree myself. Thanks

pawpaw911 4 years ago

Just did a lens about our cat who died at 20, and thought I would check out some of the better cat lenses. Very nice. Loaded with Ideas.

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Maggie749 4 years ago from Hurst,TX 76053

I never knew cats could have so much fun with tree houses and just plain boxes. This is a great lens.

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grannyann lm 4 years ago from Enid, OK

Great info and site. I placed your link on my cat name site: ( Have a great day.

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Blackspaniel1 4 years ago Level 3 Commenter

Nice imagers

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LisaMarieGabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Flying by to bless some kitty lenses today... =^@@^= 'Bout time say the Persimews.... :)

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BrahmM 4 years ago

Nice lens, great ideas!

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Lady-in-Window 4 years ago

FANTASTIC LENS! I have 12 cats and TEN cat trees! Take a peek at my lens for pics of my cats. I did one on a multi-cat home, and how to avoid cat fights. I suggest cat trees as a way of giving them important vertical space. Thanks for an amazing lens!

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Philippians468 4 years ago

this is something new to me! thank you for sharing this! cheers

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AnneVis 4 years ago

What a great lens! :-)

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MeggieMcFallon 4 years ago

Really great lens. I have 4 little felines and they never use the really expensive cat trees I buy for them. They love this little cheap sisal mat I bought and go to town on it every day.

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ZenandChic 4 years ago

Congrats on LOTD!

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lilymom24 4 years ago

I love the cat trees and they look fairy easy to make. Its the motivation that I need though. lol. =)

anonymous 4 years ago

I still love this lens and keep thinking, "One of these days...I'll make this." :)

Thanks for being a crazy cat person we love!

anonymous 4 years ago

I LIKE it! and I'll be in the construction phase soon. Thanks. I'm Puerdycat on Squidoo.

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Frugal Bride 5 years ago

Awesome!! I'm going to save up for one of the outdoor enclosures. I have 11 cats and they would LOVE that! I added your lens to my lensroll for natural flea care for cats. Thanks :)

anonymous 5 years ago

Awesome lens! I'm lensrolling it on my lens My Wonderful Cat Nicky!

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imaginemdd lm 5 years ago

This is a great lens. Thanks for all the info on building cat trees and cat enclosures, good to have help with both indoor and outdoor structures. I'm lensrolling this to one of my cat lenses. My cats thank you. :)

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jodijoyous 5 years ago from New York

Wow! My kitty is making up his shopping list as I type this.

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dustytoes 5 years ago

From simple to complex, you have covered it all! I plan to use some of these ideas for the winter months when they can't get outside as much.

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Rita-K 5 years ago

This was amazing! I had no idea of the creative aspirations of cat owners! I am going to have my kitties write to Santa immediately! Thanks for an enjoyable read!

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Fran Tollett 5 years ago

I'll have to see if I can get my son to build my furry critters a condo! thanks for all the great ideas!

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pylemountain1 5 years ago

Great lens! My sister has 3 (inside only) cats and she plans to build one of these cat structures for them. I'll share the lens with her.

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nukemdomis lm 5 years ago

I love this lens. My only hint for cat structures would be to look on Craigslist. Very cheap.

DebMartin 5 years ago

Wow. I had no idea. What a wonderful lens you've created for cat lovers. Thanks.

webmasterkarlina 5 years ago

Wow this lens is quite innovative and informative ...

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eclecticeducati1 5 years ago

Lots of great information here. Very well done lens. Blessed by an Angel.

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calconcrete 5 years ago

Incredible page! You certainly put in a HUGE amount of research and effort into creating it.

A hint: Carpet scraps can usually be obtained from carpet stores for free. They have samples and leftover pieces from jobs that they just toss into the dumpster. Just ask and I'm sure you will have more carpet pieces for your cat furniture than you could possibly use.


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pedrosa lm 5 years ago

superb lens

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AlishaV 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada Hub Author

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and blessings everyone! And thank you especially @makingamark for the nomination! What a wonderful birthday surprise this was!

anonymous 5 years ago

I remember how much I loved reading this lens the first time that I visited it. You have made some wonderful changes since my last visit. Congrats on LOTD! Oh...I'll just give it an Angel Blessing while I'm here.

anonymous 5 years ago

What a great lens! My cats would love these items. I especially liked the cardboard box tree! Many good ideas, though!

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SusanDeppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA Level 5 Commenter

Wow, very comprehensive! I'm glad my cats weren't watching as I perused this information, though. They think they have it pretty easy now (and they do) but they'd probably insist on having one of these cat platforms or scratchers or condominiums if they saw them here! Congratulations on your LOTD award!

Mart903 5 years ago

I have always loved cats! Congratulations, AlishaV, on this caring Lens of the Day full of creativity and wonderful images!!!

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norma-holt 5 years ago

Wow, what a lens. Its very timely for me as I have been looking at the expensive trees in pet shops and decided not to invest but have now got lots of ideas. Congrats on LOTD, well deserved. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Pets Health.

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makingamark 5 years ago from London

Hi - glad to see you got LOTD. I must nominate more! :D

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squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

Cute ideas! I love the cat tree attached to the wall. My cat might be too lazy to climb it, but it looks great ;)

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sheilamarie78 5 years ago Level 2 Commenter

Wow! This lens is so comprehensive. You've offered so many great ideas! Well done!

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PromptWriter 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

Best cat tower lens I've seen so far. Blessed with whisker kisses!

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Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont Level 1 Commenter

Meow-velous cat tree lens of the day! One of our cats has no front claws but he still loves to climb and scratch. He's fun to watch when he discovers a ladder in the house ... I often find him sitting on top of the refrigerator, just so he can be majestic and look down on the rest of us. Saving for the outdoor structure ideas, faved and all that jazz.

Joan4 5 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD!

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Franksterk 5 years ago from California

Absolutely fabulous lens and well deserved LOTD. It comes at a great time for me. I just got FIV Cat Rescue a 501(c)(3) and became a Squidoo Charity AND... we are moving and will be building structures and more cat trees inside and when we get funding an outdoor area as well. I Like this lens; it's a Favorite, and I Lenrolled it to my cat lenses. Thank you for sharing. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Cat-Woman

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junecampbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wow! I have to keep my spoiled cat away from this lens or he'll be wanting some of those fancy cat condos! LOL He already has a cat tree, purchased at considerable expense. Great lens.

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Heather426 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

fantastic cat trees! congrats on LOTD!

anonymous 5 years ago

Congrats on your LOTD! You were nominated by makingamark and this is definitely a helpful lens. I never had cat condos or related homes because the cats preferred the windowsills and my pillow for their napping, but I'm tempted to try one and see how they like it this time. Thanks for all the great photos and instructions!

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modz 5 years ago

I have a cat, and this is very helpful information for me :) Congratulations on LOTD!

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makingamark 5 years ago from London

What a great lens! I really like the way you highlight the fact that some of the simplest ideas can be really enthralling from the cats' perspective. Who hasn't made a cats' condo from a cardboard box? ;)

I've just added it and you to my cat lensography "All About Cats" and also nominated it for further recognition

anonymous 5 years ago

I really like this information. Did you do this one too Make a Cat Tree? If so I like it too! Great job!

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Airinka 5 years ago

Especially useful information!

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The-Java-Gal 5 years ago

My kitty can't climb high enough. So much good info here, have bookmarked for future reference. I am torn between constructing or purchasing a high rise for her, Great job on a very informative and helpful lens. 5*

muddy10 5 years ago

My cat Schultz would absolutely cut his 17 hours sleeping regimen if he could climb all over your furniture. This activity would probably distract him from conspiring to take over my life.. My home his castle. No wonder cats won't go back to the jungle. Cat condos are more convenient. Great work.

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poptastic 5 years ago from Quezon City

So many great ideas on this well-crafted lens - I don't know where to begin! definitely bookmarking for future reference. (: *blessed by an angel*

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admiralglass lm 5 years ago

Hi there great lens loved it 5xxxxx

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Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States Level 2 Commenter

This is such an excellent lens! I just had to return on my first day as a Squid Angel and leave my Blessings!

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makingamark 5 years ago from London

Really excellent lens - a definite 5*. I've added it into my cat lensography - All About Cats

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KOrazem 6 years ago

Wow... this is an excellent lens. Really nice presentation.

anonymous 6 years ago

Wow, I think you covered it all! Nice job.

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Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States Level 2 Commenter

This is absolutely wonderful and so creative! It never occurred to me to make my grandkitties play or scratch areas. Great Lens

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