What does a cat love?
Play hide and seek
Hide and attack
Carpet to scratch
My solution was to create a place where our cat would have all this in one single place and that would not be so ugly in our flat. That’s how my cat became a home-owner at 3 months old.
Yes, our cat has a house, 2 floors, with a dedicated entry.
|Big cardboard box||Depends on the size of the cat||2|
|Cardboard sheet||To be calculated depending on roof size + Panel under roof||1 or 2|
|Carpet (cisal or in our case grass-like)||Size of the bottom of the Box||Depends on the size of the box|
Remove all staples there might be on the cardboard boxes
1. Ground Floor
a. Use one of the cardboard box as a basis for the house.
b. Cut the carpet accordingly to the size of the cardboard box’s inside
c. Cut an entrance in one of the side of the cardboard box. Bear in mind the size of your cat or the size it should be when adult (Cats grow fast)! In my case, the entrance is a Cat’s head.
d. As this house will be used by your cat as a shelter where to hide and sleep as well as a playhouse, you should definitely imagine a game out of one of the side. We decided to cut circles in one side of various sizes. The cat then put its paw within the hole trying to catch you or an object you put in front of the holes.
e. The top of your cardboard box should be made of 4 panels that you can cross to close the box or that you can superpose. We will use this as a foundation for the 1st floor.
f. Cut one of the 2 large panels. Cross the 3 remaining panels to have a solid foundation.
g. Put tape to fix firmly the 3 panels. Make sure the hole made by the 3 panels is sufficient for your cat to go through and reach what will be the first floor. If not, cut in order to enlarge the hole (this size also depends on the cardbox and will affect the solidity of the structure so keep this in mind).
We are now ready for the 1st floor!
2. First Floor
a. Take the second cardboard box. The open side will be at the bottom and the closed side will be at the top. Yes, you read it well, we will work on reverse!
b. As soon as you’ve defined the top and bottom of your box, cut some windows in the walls (again, your cat does not care about windows as such but will make great games).
c. The next steps depend on your cat’s weight and type. However, mine is quite big and heavy (approaching 5 kilos for a female) and the structure I will describe hereafter is still strong enough to support it.
d. On what will be the bottom side of you cardboard box, set all panels (4) outside of the box.(Note that the 2 small panels could be used to strengthen the structure and the floor by joining them to the top of the bottom box).
e. Place the box upside-down as described above with the closed part at the top of the house.
f. Re-size the panels by cutting them with a cutter/scissors. If you want to make a porch roof over the entrance you can reduce the size of the panel to maximum 10/15 cm. As for the remaining 3 panels, shorten them to 5 cm maximum.
g. Tape the shortened-panels all along on the bottom box, alternatively use double-sided adhesive that you would put under the panels and fix them on the box directly. You can also tape only the corners (going behind the porch roof to the corners) which would help secure the 2 boxes together.
You’re nearly there, few more taping and cutting and your cat will be a happy owner!
What’s a house without a roof? A roof without a cat? Let’s make a proper roof where your cat can also sit and explore.
For this, you can use either a third cardbox you’ll cut or a simple sheet of cardboard.
The house I made is with a strange roof but this can be explained as it is a mixture between a roof and a terrace as per the explanation above.
a. Take the cardboard and fold it in 3 parts, the 2 external parts should be of the same dimensions. The dimensions are indicative as this depends on your house as such and the overall look of it. Let’s work with 10cm. for the 2 external parts and the middle section should be the width of the house -4cm.
The central dimension is smaller than the house’s width in order to give this nice slope to the roof.
b. Prepare bands of cardboard the size of the house’s length, these bands should be at least 10 cm wide. They will be used as bindings. Fold them in 2 lengthwise. Use double-sided tape on these bindings. The tape should be put on the outside (where the folding makes a mountain, not a crater) of the 2 bands of 5 cm.
c. Fix the 2 bands on the lengthwise of the top of the box and remove the protection of the remaining bands to fix the roof on top of it.
d. Make sure you fix firmly the roof by applying pressure on the adhesives
e. If you want a perfect finish, use cardboard to make panels that fit in the holes between the top box and the roof.
Prepare the folding of the roof so it fits your imagination. You prefer a full terrace roof? A cardboard on top of the roof might be sufficient. You prefer a sloping roof? Fold the cardboard sheet in two and fix it as per the instructions above. There are no limits to the creation; you could even imagine a sunroof or so.Fix these bands on the top of the box. Remove the protection of the remaining band and fix the roof on top of it.
I also kept the form left out when cutting the entrance; this can be used to customise even more the house.
Same for the circles left out, you can imagine variety of accessories that your cat will love!
Additionally you can buy a scratcher which will be used as a door mat by your cat (Who does not have a door mat at the door?) or if your cat is an adventurer, place a tunnel in front of the door.
Use cardboard texture tape, this will be nearly invisible when used for the building.
You can decorate the outside as you want to match with your house or your interior.