Are you the kind of pet owner who would go to just about any lengths to make your pet comfortable and give them an awesome place to curl up or play? Are you particularly fond of the idea of giving indoor cats some adventure space to make up for the fact that you prefer not to take them outside? Then you’ve probably already got your eyes on some of the awesome indoor cat posts and climbing tree designs that are out there. There are plenty of cat structures that you can buy from stores, but they’re not always very affordable and some of the pre-made ones are difficult to put together even though they come with instructions. Instead, we suggest trying to make a cat post or climber of your very own!
Making your own cat climber doesn’t mean you have to wing it and conceptualize an entire design yourself if you’re not used to working with tools and structured materials. Like with most awesome DIY projects, there are plenty of designs already out there and there are even some that come with full tutorials to help you along the way. Check out these 15 awesome cat post and structure ideas that will give your furry friends somewhere to sleep, play, and get some exercise without even leaving your living room!
1. Tall DIY cat condo
Are you a little bit more experienced in working with wood and prepared to make things look smooth, sanded, and well finished? Then you might be interested in making your kitties a cute “cat condo” just like
2. Painted wooden box and carpet tower
Are you a little bit less experienced in wood working but you have access to some old wooden crates that you’ve been hoping to upcycle? Then we definitely suggest checking out how
3. Carpeted platform tree
Perhaps you don’t have any crates right now and you’re not quite ready to build a miniature house of your own, but you’re still insistent on building some type of climbing structure for your feline friend? Then we’d say platforms are the way to go and we think
4. USS Enterprise themed cat tower
Do you like the carpet platform idea we just showed you above but you’re also a sucker for any DIY project or craft that can be novelty themed? Then maybe you’d prefer this hilarious USS Enterprise themed cat tower instead!
5. Climbing tower with toys on top
Do you have a huge particle board cylinder leftover from linoleum flooring from when you renovated your kitchen recently? That’ll make for an awesome and rather simple cat tower too! As
6. Tree trunk cat climber
Perhaps you live in a nature-filled area or on the edge of the woods and the easiest way for you to access wood for building things is to collect the branches and fallen trees you come across naturally when you walk around your yard or the surrounding property? Then you’ve got just about everything you’ll need for making an awesomely natural looking cat climber already!
7. Carpet and tubing cat tree
Maybe you liked the idea of using spare cylindrical tubing but you only have a short section so the previous vertical tower design we showed you won’t work for you? Then check out how
8. Short cat tower
Are you new to structure building and low on supplies but determined to build some kind of climbing tree or scratching post for your cat so they feel as loved as possible? Well, lucky for all of us, there’s no rule that says all cat climbers have to have tons of platforms and reach all the way up to your ceiling! Check out how
9. Drawer tree with toys
Did you love the idea of building your cat a climbing tree that had toys attached to it but you don’t currently have access to any piping or cylinders? Then
10. Comfy cat shelves
Are you not very confident at all in your ability to build a free standing cat tower but you’re still determined to give your cats somewhere to climb that’s all their own? Then perhaps this simple staggered shelving idea featured on
11. Wall mounted scratcher
Do you love the idea of getting your cat’s climbing station up off the floor because you’re limited in space but you still want to give them something a little more than just a flat shelf to sit on? In that case, try blending the shelving idea with the concept of a climbing structure just like
12. Wooden ladder cat tower
Do you have the floor space or a cat tower but you’re really not feeling certain about your ability to build a structure from scratch all on your own? In that case upcycling an old wooden ladder by transforming it into a kitty climber instead! We love the idea of adding pillows and wooden crates between the rungs so that your cat can climb from step to step and curl up in or play with something different in every spot. Put it by the window for extra appeal so Kitty can watch the world go by!
13. Gift box cat houses
Perhaps you’re kind of adverse to working with wood at all but you don’t see why that should stop you from making your cats a space all their own? Well, you’re absolutely right that it shouldn’t and this poster on
14. Cat treehouse with a hammock
Are you really into the idea of a cat “tree” specifically because it’s making you picture an awesome treetop hangout full of feline friends? Then build your vision as you see fit!
15. Cardboard box and tube cat castle
Are you scrolling through this list and realizing that all you’ve got access to right now is tape and some cardboard boxes? Don’t feel discouraged! As this feature on
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