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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-18-2011, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade Cat Trees

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We recently got Cherry and the shelter she was at had tons of cat trees so she was used to playing on one. Casie on the other hand was one of those cats where whatever you bought her, except treats and food, she ignored. So I bugged my dad about buying one and he kept telling me they were too expensive. Then I decided to look up how to make one myself. My dad agreed and now we are working on one.

So far it has 3 tiers(including the base) and two scratching posts. It also will have 1 upside down tube for Cherry to sleep in.

So do any of you guys make your own or have any tips for me(I have only made half of one of the scratching posts and my dad put together the base and the second tier, no carpeting yet)?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-18-2011, 10:18 PM
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It sounds like you have everything Cherry could want. Muffs has a tree with a tube and she loves to sleep in it. Make sure the base is wide enough to make the tree sturdy...I can't think of anything else. You must post pictures when you've finished!

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We made our own cat tree. I can put pictures up if you want, although it sounds like you've already got a design. I personally recommend getting the cheap carpet from a place likes Lowes. Sometimes they have nice pieces of carpet on clearance as well. When we put the carpet on the tree we used industrial staples. If I could do it again though I would use small nails. My kitties have been happily destroying their tree for a year now and the staples are starting to come out, so next time we will use something a little stronger. Don't forget you can also put sisal rope on a part of your tree. Kitties love it. Our tree is 6ft tall and 3ft wide. It cost $70 for all the materials and we made it from scratch.

I think it is exciting that you are making your tree! My cats loved the tree we made more then anything we ever purchased, it was like they knew it was made with love for them. Have fun!
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-19-2011, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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I'll definitely have some pictures up when it's finished.

We used manila rope for half of one scratching post(dad thought 50ft would be enough for both, it wasn't even enough for one). Do you think it would be better to get manila rope when we got shopping today?

And we used some pieces of wood we had lying around in the shed and used those for two of the posts. And Cherry really loves to scratch the plain wood. I'm not sure if I should keep one unwrapped or not.

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If Cherry likes to scratch the plain wood, and the wood is not the type to splinter, then it would make sense to leave one unwrapped. If you do decide to wrap it, I'd use something other than manila...not that there's anything wrong with manila...but by using something else, you'll add a bit of variety.

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The wood seemed like it would splinter, I actually think I got a few while wrapping the posts.

We went out and got some manila to finish the first post and then some sisal for the second. Cherry likes the sisal a lot better, so I think I'll use sisal and make more scratching posts on it(we have another 100ft roll left >.<).

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Hey, in my experience, you can never have enough scratching posts.

I've never made my own cat trees, but I've been toying around with the idea for a while now. Maybe someday! Good luck with creating yours! I'm sure Cherry will love it! And of course you'll have to post pictures.


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It been fun so far. Cherry seems to enjoy it so far. She spent the night sleeping on it(probably because I had her favorite blanket on it). She also had quite I bit of fun chasing the roll of rope around while I tried to wind it around the post.

And I like how with this cat tree I can customize it and if parts break, I'll know how to fix them since I made it.

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I'm so happy that both you and Cherry are having so much fun building the tree together!
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2011, 11:13 AM
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Reminds me of a great article in moderncat a few years back. I've dug it out so you can all see, the "Catsle" looks amazing and the cats are really cute playing in it!! lol

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