I so love cats, and if you are anything like me, I’m sure you do too. However, living in the city can be quite a challenge for all cat lovers. I mean, your furry friend won’t be able to venture outside unlike their counterparts in the countryside or suburban areas. Since felines love to scratch, jump, play, relax and even have long naps in an elevated or high position, you will most times find them playing on your expensive furniture and in the process damaging them.
Living with these beautiful creatures can be quite stressful if you don’t meet their instinctual needs. This is why buying a piece of cat’s furniture can be a lifesaver, and a good option is a cat tower.
Cat tower, also called cat tree, is an artificial structure built purposely for cats to play, relax and sleep on. Cat towers vary in height and complexity, depending on the preference of your cat. Some cats prefer height over comfort and vice versa. However, buying a cat tower can be quite expensive, but I have good news for you. You can make one for yourself. Below is a step by step illustration of how to build your cat tree using wood and carpeting.
Get a design plan:
A design plan helps you know what kind of structure you want to erect for your cat. In this stage, many things are put into consideration: – the available space. (It is essential to measure your available space so your structure can fit in well). Your cat’s preference based on comfort or height. Having your sketch helps you determine the materials you will need.
Get your materials:
You will need the following items.
I. Plywood for horizontal platforms
II. Cardboard, PVC pipes or dimensional lumbar for vertical support
III. Carpets for covering the wood
IV. Wood and wood screws
V. Electric stapler
VI. Hammer/ nails
VII. Wood glue
VIII. Utility knife
• Cut your materials into size using a handsaw, which is an excellent option for cutting dimensional lumber and table saw for plywood.
• In order to build the base of the tower, cut two squares of plywood to size and glue them together for extra thickness. A 60cm square is ideal for primary cat tower, however the taller the tree, the larger the base to make it firmer.
• Before adding any vertical support, it is advisable to cover the base with carpet, and the carpet should be a few inches longer than the base on all parts with the excesses folded around the edges of the plywood base and stapled in place using staple guns.
• Attach vertical support to the base of your tower with wood glue, nails or, bolts. If your cat loves to scratch, you can wrap one or more of the supports in sisal rope with each end secured with staples and placed carefully, so it doesn’t scratch your cat.
• Attach horizontal perches to the support.
• Continue with the attachment until you get your desired design according to your original plan.
And Voila! You have your beautiful cat tower ready for your adorable pet. Quite easy to do, right? Why don’t you give it a trial, you will love it?