Pet Houses

Step-by-step: Build a cat play house yourself!

December 15, 2011

House cats and domestic felines need to do more exercises than stray cats or else they suffer from diseases like obesity, diabetes, etc. But, you cannot force your loving kitties to exercise. So, what can you do instead, is to make it a play house. It will remain engrossed with it throughout the day, which will involve quite a lot of physical exercises as well. It will be happy to get in and out of its own sweet home all the day long and scratch when required, thus saving your furniture too in the process. Learn how to make a cat play house in some simple steps.

Difficulty level: Easy

Time required: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Resources required

1. Nails

2. Wood glue

3. Hammer

4. Saw

5. Measuring tape

6. Drill

7. Staple gun(optional)

8. Stapler(optional)

9. Screws

10. Screw driver

11. L-Bracket(optional)

12. PVC Board(optional)


1. Get knowledge on your project

It is vital to have a ground work done before proceeding further with you project. So, visit a few pet accessory stores and collect important feedbacks on the play houses that are sold for the cats. Study the cat play houses carefully and make a note on the materials that are majorly used, the way each of the dismantled pieces are set with each other, the things that are used to join the various parts of the play house, the average measurement of the same and the dimension of the opening in it along with all the other technical aspects related to it. You must also search over the internet to gather ideas of the various types of cat play houses. Make it a point to visit some of the popular online pet sites too, as you will get more concrete ideas after going through the same.

2. Prepare a sketch of the play house

The next step will involve your basic architectural skills. So, in a piece of paper, make a rough sketch of the cat play house that you wish to make. If you think that you need to do any alterations in the design, do it at this stage. Once you find that the rough drawing is perfectly all right, plan for the final drawing of your pet play house. Thus, again in a fresh page, draw a new play house similar to your rough drawing. But, this time it is mandatory that you have to adhere to the scales and measurements. So, conceptualize a virtual play house in front of you. Virtually measure each part of it and plot it down. Once done, put all these measurements accurately at the right place.

3. Decide on the materials and cost estimation

When your final sketch is complete, observe it carefully and conclude on the materials that you have to purchase for the play house. In doing this, always remember a few things. You can always go for wooden play houses as scratching and climbing will be much easier in it for your cat. But, if you have a tight budget then it might be challenging for you to opt for a fully wooden playhouse. In such a situation, you have to go for card board or plywood cat play houses. Moreover, if the area you live in is prone to rainfall or nearer to water, then an unseasoned wooden play house can be much less durable. Thus, buy your things only when you have taken into account all the factors. As you finally buy your materials, always purchase at least 1/3 portion extra because you are not a skilled laborer and mistakes will be recurrent. Therefore, you might run short of materials if you buy things exactly as per the requirement.

4. Time for carpentry

Gather around all your tools and start your carpentry skills now. Select an area where you will not be disturbed at all. Now, begin by sawing enough wooden plate for the base of the house. Now, cut off the four side walls of the play house from your wooden plank. At last, cut two rectangular pieces to make the roof top of the play house. Set all of them together and nail and staple them firmly. Check for the durability of your play house. If you wish you can attach an L-Bracket at its back for optional hanging purposes.

Things to watch out for

1. Never buy unseasoned wood for the playhouse if the area you live in is prone to water contact.

2. Although expensive in comparison, wooden and PVC cat playhouses are more durable than cardboard and plywood.

3. Towering play houses set on a mount increase the level of physical activity of cats, which is extremely beneficial. But, this is not so in case of ground-level play houses.

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