Inspiration for DIY Cat Trees

Every time we go to the pet store, we always look at the cat trees. Usually, the least expensive one we can find is between $60 and $70.

In the realm of specialized furniture, I realize that’s a good deal, but in the realm of our budget, it’s not something we can justify. Instead, we plan on making one or two trees ourselves. At this point, we’re looking for inspiration, so I figured I’d share some of my favorites with my fellow cat lovers below.

Those are some happy kitties.
by Erik Burton, [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

This one’s a little over-the top, but it’s still a great idea. I’m sure our cats would love something like this, though we don’t have the right kind of space for it.

DIY Cat-tree Tutorial
Wow. Looks like I hit pay-dirt with this one! This entry has blueprints for various cat trees, and step by step instructions. The blog also has quite a few great entries on the subject.

Something like this would work nicely.
By mi2starsfan [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Something like this would be perfect! I really like the cat houses, the walkways and the perches.

Simple and inexpensive. That’s my kind of project. This is probably going to be the kind of tree we’ll make with the scraps from home renovation.

Aww…foster kittens playing in a metal homemade cat tree. Very cute. That looks like a very easy idea, too.

These are some great ideas to ruminate over, but for now, our kitties have boxes on which to sit as they look out our living room window, and the mini cat-fort I’d written about here.

When I do get going on a new cat tree for our kitties, I’ll share progress pics. For now, have a bonus picture of our tabby and tuxedo cat sharing the cat fort.

Cute, aren’t they?

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