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Complex for a cat with claws, a couch and a hanging toy
For games, sleep and rest, as well as for sharpening claws, you can build a cozy house for a cat with your own hands, which will not only decorate the room, but will also benefit. This ideal complex for the cat does not take up much space. A spacious house is suitable for a large fluffy or pregnant cat. A vertical clawcloth, a soft couch and a dangling toy will be great entertainment for adult animals. A cozy house and an inclined claw-tip will be a favorite place for curious little kittens.
Materials necessary for the foundation of the structure and the house:
- Fiberboard (hardboard) 40×122 cm (for the base);
- Chipboard 44×61 cm (for the roof of the house);
- Chipboard 55x44cm (for walls);
- 7 rails 3x4x437 cm (struts for the walls);
- a pipe with a diameter of 11 mm, a length of 60 cm;
- 2 bars (for pipe stability);
- Chipboard 44×30 cm;
- Fiberboard 44×30 cm;
- foam rubber measuring 44×30 cm;
- a rope of cotton or jute materials about 110 mm thick, 15 m (for a vertical claw point);
- rope or cloth (for an inclined claw point);
- a toy;
- board 18×41 cm;
Additional materials and tools:
- fabric or fur for tightening;
- saw, hand or electric jigsaw;
- drill, screwdriver;
- knife, scissors, sandpaper;
- stapler for furniture, hot glue gun;
- tape measure, pencil, chalk, marker.
The process of making a house for a cat with your own hands
First of all, it is necessary to cut out the available materials from particleboard and fiberboard rectangles: for the foundation of the house, walls and stove benches. The necessary sizes are indicated above, but you can independently determine the size that suits you best for your pet. On both rectangles for the walls of the house you need to draw circle from radii of about 27 cm. This is most conveniently done with a compass, but not from the center of the rectangle, but a little lower. You can use the marker if you attach a rope to it and hold it in the center of the future truncated circle.
One wall of the house will be solid, and on the second wall you need to draw hole circles for entry and a few windows. Originally make them look like a cat footprint. We will make a large circle 22 cm in diameter, and small ones 5.5 cm.
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Small side circles must be placed at a symmetrical distance from the large circle (equal to 17.5 cm). And the central small circle is a little further.
The next step in building a house for a cat with your own hands will be cutting out. Carefully using a drill, jigsaw or other suitable tools, you need to cut alternately small and large circles.
Next, we combine both walls of the future house and mark the places in which we plan to fasten them with slats. In our example, these are 7 points. They are most conveniently made by drilling through so that the marks are visible on both panels.
At all marked points, we drill holes for self-tapping screws with a drill. Reiki will be attached here.
We prepare the slats: we plan, smooth the edges, remove roughness. For stability, the lower rails can be made thicker.
We fasten both parts at seven points with the help of prepared rails and self-tapping screws.
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Prepare fabric for walls house. It should be slightly larger than the walls themselves. For the safety and convenience of a cat, it is better to choose fabrics with a split pile so that the animal does not catch on its claws. You can use faux fur or other materials.
Pieces of fabric with a hot glue gun glue to the preparation of the house. It is best to use glue without a strong odor, a cat probably will not like it.
On the front side of the house, cut holes in the fabric in the right places, bend it and carefully fix it at the edges.
On the base for the complex (in the place where the house will stand) we place and glue foam rubber. Its size should correspond to the distance between the two lateral lower rails of the house. This will be the first couch, next to it we mark with a circle a place for a vertical pipe.
Fully glue the entire base of the structure cloth.
To keep the fabric firmly held, it would be better to fix it with staples, using a stapler for furniture. If there is tissue on the sides that begins to crumble, you need to wrap it. Next, we fix the structure from above using a fiberboard sheet.
Prepare the roof house. We mark the allowances with chalk on the fabric and glue the fiberboard sheet to it.
We take two not wide pieces of fabric and glue them to the inside of the two lower ribs. If you use colored fabrics, use the base color here.
Connect house with a base. At this stage, it is important to choose the optimal length screws. They should hold the house firmly, but not protrude beyond the base.
We hide the slats under the cloth.
We place a rectangle of fiberboard on the roof of the house and fix it with a stapler for furniture.
We hide the staples with the help of small scissors in the fabric.
Ennobled the inside house. Glue the fabric of the appropriate color.
Do-it-yourself house for the cat is almost ready. Remained details: claws and a couch.
Prepare the pipe from cardboard, plastic or wood and two bars of slightly smaller diameter. This ensures structural stability. In our example, a plastic pipe and wooden bars are used.
We firmly insert and fasten the bars in the pipe, this can be done with glue or self-tapping screws (depending on the materials used).
From rectangular sheets of chipboard and fiberboard, we cut the same semicircular parts for couches.
Part of the fiberboard string on the pipe, after making a hole. This part will cover the adhered fabric from below.
On the underside of the stove bench we prepare holes for screws. We connect a stove bench and a bar fixed in a pipe.
Turn the house horizontally. We place the pipe parallel to the floor, substitute any objects under it to determine a suitable place for fastening the claw point.
We make notes on the bottom of the base, make holes for screws, fasten the pipe. In our version, we made four holes for better mounting.
The very bottom of the pipe can to glue on a cloth. Usually cats sharpen their claws, stretching their paws up.
Cut off the foam of the right size and glue it on the stove bench.
Take the rope, attach it to one end a toy and fix the other side with a furniture stapler on the side to the base of the bed.
Fully glue the top of the bed with fabric, making allowances for its bending. We glue the fiberboard part so as to beautifully hide the edges of the fabric.
We use a rope to periodically fix the pipe with glue.
Cooking inclined claw. We cut the lower part so that it touches the base. We glue both ends of the board with a cloth.
DIY cat house is almost ready. We wrap the central part of the inclined claw point, about which the cat can sharpen its claws, with a rope or cloth. We put the board on the base of the complex and fix it to one of the slats between the walls of the house.
Using our master class, you can independently supplement and complicate the design, increasing its size and number of components.
The scheme of the house for the cat in the form of a castle
Standard game complexes for cats usually take up a lot of space in the apartment. It is not always possible to allocate territory to put such a structure at home. But if the desire to make your pet happy does not give you rest, then we suggest making hinged house for a cat do it yourself. And not just a house, but a whole castle! It is convenient to place it anywhere on the wall. You can make any number of turrets and connect them together with ladders.
If there are small children in the house or there is a dog in addition to the cat, then such a hinged complex with a claw-tip will be a favorite place for a mustachioed purr. There the cat will be able to sleep peacefully so that no one bothers him.
Materials required for tower construction:
- chipboard sheets;
- thick cotton rope (you can use jute or sisal);
- self-tapping screws for connecting boards and shelf mounts;
- foam rubber, dense fabric and glue for fixing them.
In addition, you will need construction tools, such as a saw, manual or electric jigsaw, drill, screwdriver or screwdriver, furniture stapler, stationery knife or scissors, pencil (marker) and tape measure.
Stage of planning and preparation
In our example, the dimensions of the towers have a base of 34×34 cm, the height of the walls is 45.5 cm, the upper tier begins at a height of 30 cm from the lower base of the wall. Therefore, to build the turrets, we need: a base, a side wall (34×44 cm in size), two small side walls (30.5×44 in size), a shelf 30.5×30.5 cm, two racks 5.5×44 cm, two rails 5.5×23 cm. Particleboard has a thickness of about 1.5 cm.
To make a cat’s house beautiful, comfortable and functional, you need to consider the size of the turrets. They should look harmonious indoors and be high enough so that the cat can stretch and move inside. If the game complex for the cat will include two-tier towers, then the size of the upper base should allow the cat to curl up and feel safe due to bumpers.
DIY cat house step by step instructions
From chipboard sheet cut out according to the previously indicated dimensions of 9 rectangular parts.
Draw the outline of the tower: battlements, three pieces, 6.5 cm high and recesses.
We take a large side wall, divide its side into 5 equal segments and put marks. (Side 34 cm, divide it by 5, we get 6.8 cm). We take the side walls of a smaller size, put them on top of the first wall, from the edges we put thin side rails. Then we transfer the marks from the bottom wall to the walls of a smaller size. This is necessary so that all the teeth are the same size.
We transfer the marks from the ends of the wall to its horizontal, draw a line of 6.5 cm. Connecting the dots, we get a finished drawing of the teeth.
Neatly along the lines saw teeth jigsaw.
Next we do at the tower entrance, its width will be 20 cm, height 25 cm. We measure the same distance up and down from the center, mark the desired sizes with dots. Optionally, round the top line. In this case, you can postpone a segment of 12.5 cm from it. We draw an arc.
Do jigsaw entrance according to the drawing.
The next step is assembly do-it-yourself house for the cat. At the very edge of the wall (the one that has a width of 34 cm), we prepare recesses for screws.
We connect the side wall with the front screws.
In a similar way we attach the second side wall. For convenience, between them you can put shelf.
We turn the tower over, add the base, which is also fastened with self-tapping screws.
At a height of 30 cm from the base we make marks, indentations for screws and fasten the shelf.
We fix two lateral horizontal and two vertical rails on the side, closing wall sections.
Cut off a piece tissue slightly more than the height and width of the tower, try on and adjust the size.
We fix the fabric with glue or a furniture stapler, neatly arranging and wrapping the edges. In the area of the teeth we leave about 1.5 cm to the hem. It is important that the glue does not have a sharp repulsive smell.
Glue the teeth on the inside with a narrow long piece of fabric (about 6.5 cm high). Gently glue the ends.
For side entrances prepare the fabric with a margin, try on and cut, then glue it.
We make out ends at the entrance, and in the end we fix another piece of fabric from the bottom of the tower.
We select foam parts for stove benches, wrap them with a cloth on the upper side, glue with adhesive.
We fix the lower part of the foam bed with glue on the shelf, paying special attention to the edges.
We put fastenings on the tower at the back and hang it on the wall. Supplement at will claw staircase, which can be created similarly to the first method by wrapping a board or pipe with a rope.
To make it convenient for the cat to climb into its house and crawl along the turrets, you need to come up with bridges between the turrets. It can be a piece of wood pasted over with a cloth. Using both a claw-claw and bridges in the construction, it is important that the gap remains against the wall for the cat.
It’s so easy to make an unusual house for a cat with your own hands. If desired, you can build several towers of different sizes, hang them on the floor itself or high on the ceiling. If you place the structure around the perimeter of the house, then the entrances to the turrets are best done from three sides.
DIY entertainment complex for a cat
Another option to allocate a place for your pet is to create an interior detail that is interesting for the cat and unusual for you in your home. WITH entertainment corner your pet will always be busy, even in your absence. We will show you how to make a three-tier complex for a cat.
- two different in size little tables on low legs;
- rope, cloth or fur;
- stapler, glue;
- toys and decorative items;
- screw and screws;
Step-by-step instructions for an entertainment corner for a pet
The first step will be table preparation. They should be disassembled, unscrew the legs, shelves (if any), countertops, to decorate and improve. In our case, we use a fur part – a large piece of fur. We want them to completely close the shelf from the table. To fix the fur should be bent down.
In this way, we also decorate a small countertop, fixing the fur on the bottom with a stapler.
From the legs of the table will turn out excellent claws, one has only to wrap them with tight ropes. You can wrap all the legs, you can only part of them. To fix the rope during winding, you can fasten it with brackets.
We suggest painting the remaining legs and other table details in a different color with safe paint.
After drying the paint, you can collect all the details.
We’ll put our smaller table on a large table, considering where the claws are looking so that it is convenient for the cat to use them. The upper table can be glued, fixed with screws or screws.
The last touch in the design of a bed for a cat with your own hands will be adding toys and entertainment accessories. It can be hanging toys on the ropes, a glued pot with a flower, a piece of carpet for claws. Fantasy is limitless.
DIY multi-story cat house
To build a multi-storey complex for a cat, it will take a little more time and patience, but the beauty that will result in the joy of the little tenant of the house and its builder. In such a complex, you can sleep, and indulge, and sharpen your claws.
To make such a complex you will need:
- chipboard plates;
- electric jigsaw;
- fabric and rope;
- tape measure, pencil, scissors;
- entry / window templates;
- pipes made of plastic or cardboard;
- self-tapping screws, door hinges, screws, corners.
A multi-functional six-level house for a cat with a DIY step-by-step instruction
In the very first step you need to prepare base complex house and lower compartment with an input that can be of any shape (circle, oval, rectangle).
We chose a figure in the shape of a cat’s head, circled it on a chipboard sheet, and then cut it out jigsaw.
From five rectangles we collect an arbitrary largest house box, in our version, it is 80 cm long, 30 cm high, 55 cm wide. The main thing is that the cat should be comfortable.
We hang on the remaining side hinges for the future door.
We connect the door to the house on wood screws.
Between the floors we will have pipes, so we connect furniture corners to their base, with which it is easy to attach the pipe to the base.
Thus, with the help of pipes and chipboard panels, it is possible to build several floors of various shapes and sizes. At the same time, holes for the cat should be left in them. The layout of the cat house depends on your imagination.
On the side or between levels, a multi-story cat house can be attached a ladder. Make it simple from ordinary boards. The staircase can be placed at an angle, turning the legs from the bottom at an angle of 45 degrees. You can attach this element to the house with furniture corners.
On the top of the house will look good house with gable roof. Its base will stand on several pipes, it is better if they are symmetrically arranged for balance.
From the chipboard boards, we cut out the parts that are suitable in size, form them in the structure, fix with screws and furniture corners.
One side of the house or the roof can be looped, not only for the entertainment of the cat, but also for the convenience of opening and cleaning the home.
In our version, we made a house with a side entrance and a roof door.
The top floor (i.e. the attic) can be located under the ceiling itself or make a kind of step from it to the closet.
Using another pipe and a mini chipboard panel, we connect the cat complex with the top of the cabinet.
At the end of the construction of the house for the cat with your own hands, it is important to decorate beautifully and make it a beautiful interior accessory.
We wrap all pipes with a rope or rope, we fix with glue at the bases and at the tops.
We glue roofs, walls, sides and inside carpet.
We measure every detail, make the necessary holes in the carpet, try on and fix it.
It is convenient to use a furniture stapler at corners and in inaccessible places for gluing.
If desired, you can make the lining of all parts in one color or use several different ones. The roof of the house we made in green.
Particular attention should be paid to corners, ends and joints. At the ends in the area of the holes it is good to use a furniture bar. It is smooth, easily bends and takes the desired shape.
The master class on the construction of such a complex is very simple. Run it under the power of everyone. Your cat will appreciate such a gift.
Soft do-it-yourself bed for a cat
Sleeping cats, they are always looking for the softest, quietest and most comfortable place in the house. Give your own whiskered beast your own place to sleep and rest. You can make a cat bed with your own hands in just a couple of hours. This method does not require male skills; there are no complicated details in the master class.
Materials for the manufacture of stove benches:
- fiberboard panels measuring 36×48 cm;
- foam rubber 35×46;
- fabric, carpet or fur;
- jigsaw, thermal gun;
- stationery knife or scissors;
- tape measure or ruler;
- threads, needles and pins.
You can choose any size and shape for the bed. This method is also suitable for making dog beds.
Step-by-step instructions on how to make a cat bed
Choose a place, where the bed will be located, this affects its shape. You can place the future structure in a corner, on a window or under a table. We will make a classic oval shape. For an ordinary cat, a size of 40 or 50 cm in length is suitable.
An important step is fabric selection. It should be pleasant, easy to care for and safe for the claws of a cat. You can choose a color suitable for the main shade in the interior.
Draw oval on a fiberboard sheet. There are two ways to do this.
The first way without using a compass. We draw a straight line, divide it in half by segments.
We fix the side points with clerical buttons or pins, we put on them a thread connected at both ends. Using a pencil, pull the thread to the left side to make a triangle. We put an end to it.
With the same tension, draw a line around the buttons to get a beautiful oval.
Another way to get an oval shape is to draw it with compass.
We draw a segment, divide it into equal parts, put A and B on its end. Draw two circles with compasses with centers at the end of the segment, with a diameter up to points A and B, respectively.
Above the intersection of circles, draw arcs from the top points of the circles to each other. We get an oval.
We translate it to the fiberboard panel and cut out in this form 2 identical figures.
We measure and design the sides. To do this, take the foam. Its length is equal to the length of our oval (135 cm), and the width will be 10 cm.
From a piece foam rubber we form a side. Fold a piece of foam along the entire length by half and fix it with glue.
Prepare the cloth, which we will cover foam rubber. The fabric should be several cm wide in order to make it convenient to glue the structure to the bottom of the base of the bed. We chose a width of 14 cm.
We glue the foam side and a piece of fabric.
Fix the resulting side to the bench, leaving the free edge of the fabric from the outside.
We complete the semicircle by connecting the two ends of the side.
In the lower part of the couch we fix the fabric from the side.
To hide this part of the structure, we close it with the previously prepared part from the fiberboard.
We make outthe interior of the couch. Cut the shape of foam. We apply and try on the size, it should be slightly smaller than the diameter of the bed.
We wrap the foam rubber cloth, making allowances. We fix them from the bottom.
We apply glue to the part of the foam that is not covered by the fabric and place a soft part in the center of the structure. You can do without glue, then the foam should be wrapped with a cloth completely and sewn with thread.
Compact and soft place for the cat is ready!
Master class: a house for a cat out of the box
One of the most favorite entertainments for cats and cats is the search for nooks or containers where you can comfortably get settled. Even the simplest little shoe boxes instantly attract the attention of cats. What will be their joy to receive a house from a large cardboard box!
You can make a house for a cat from one large cardboard box (from a technique) or from several small boxes. This will require:
- scissors or clerical knife;
- adhesive thermal gun;
- ruler or stencils (for windows);
- self-adhesive paper, paint or fabric (for decoration);
On the walls of the box, you need to draw and then cut out the windows and entrances, they can be of any shape and size. For stability, it is important to strengthen the corners, bottom and side walls with tape.
To make the house look like real, it’s better to make its roof gable. To do this, you need to work with the top of the box, consisting of 4 rectangular parts (continued walls). Two wide parts will become slopes, and two narrower ones will become gables (triangular parts of the walls). To fix the collapse of the house is most convenient hot glue.
Using this method of building a house for a cat with your own hands, you can make one house or entire tunnels, if the territory allows. The design can be painted with paint or glued on top with colored paper or wallpaper. If desired, you can insulate it inside and out with various materials: foam rubber, carpet or fabric, and for softness add a pillow.
From an old T-shirt
One of the most elementary ways to make a house for a cat at home is to build it from a wire and a regular men’s t-shirt.
To do this, you will need:
- cardboard or a piece of plastic;
- 2 metal hangers made of thin wire;
- T-shirt or other clothing with sleeves and a collar;
- pillow or foam;
- pins or glue.
Prepare housing frame. With flat-nose pliers, we will unscrew ordinary clothes hangers and place them on a cardboard base, cross on a cross in the form of arcs. At the top, both wires must be connected with tape. We will pay special attention to securing the arcs at all four points at the base. You can pierce the cardboard, bend the wire slightly on the back side and fix it with tape. You can glue a cloth to the base, put foam or a pillow for softness.
We put a T-shirt on the frame, pull the fabric on top, bend it down and pin it with pins. The shirt should be positioned so that the entrance is obtained from the opening for the gate. If desired, it is easy to leave windows on the sides of the house from the sleeves or make additional holes.
Other ideas for making do-it-yourself houses for cats and cats
Original do-it-yourself cat houses can be made from wicker basket. From two baskets you get a cozy pearl-shaped couch, and you can put a soft pillow on the bottom.
On the window and the table will look great house in the shape of a cat with sewn ears, eyes, tail and a hole resembling a yawning mouth. Such a house is better to sew from a dense, shape-keeping fabric.
For a children’s room or a corridor, a cat house from colored wooden cubes. You can make several inputs in the form of geometric shapes and positively decorate the cubes on the outside.
A noticeable detail of the interior will be a cat house – wigwam shelves. It can be assembled from wooden or cardboard boards, horizontally and vertically fastened, lay a soft blanket inside, hang cloth instead of walls.
The easiest way to do wigwam for cat – connect several sticks in the form of a cone, fasten them qualitatively at the top and at the base. Then cover the house with cloth, make an entrance and windows.
A cozy house for a cat with your own hands will turn out if you dump or create from fabric (carpet) rounded mini house. Then make a neckline and decorate it around the edge with a knitted scarf.
The cat will like it and cone shaped hanging house with one or more inputs. The main thing is to make a soft bottom. Such a composition can be hung anywhere.
The apartment will be decorated with a laconic dwelling for a cat in the shape of an egg. Smooth and hard on the outside, but soft due to the litter inside, the house together with the owner will occupy a central place on the window or shelf.
Vertical house with scratching pins and a cylinder in the center very compact and functional. The cat will be able to hide inside or relax frivolously on the top bench, watching what is happening around.