|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 08-25-2016 06:58 PM||641 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a a cat tree I’ve just finished for my step-daughter who just brought home two young cats. Total materials are one 8’ 2×3, split diagonally, some scrap 1/4” plywood and short pieces of 1×2’s, a 30” section of 4” dia. stovepipe, some glue and a handful of drywall screws – approximately $12-15 in cost. It is 5 feet high and has a 30” spread for the base. The stovepipe is cut into two pieces to make ‘tunnels’ for the cats to crawl inside. I have painted the stovepipe sections inside and out with a flat black paint. My theory is, the cats might be frightened by the shiny metal unless it is painted. Now they are dark inside like a tunnel or cave, and open at either end.
I’ve provided a cross bar at the bottom to be weighted with a sandbag or other item for stability if needed.
Fun to make, and fun to watch young cats explore!
PS: The cat tree has now been delivered and the report is the cats are exploring it. It now lives under cover in an outside screened swimming pool area, where the cats are free to come and go. The most adventurous of the two cats promptly climbed all the way to the top, checking everything out each step of the way. The more cautious cat is watching, and doing his own, more careful checking out of things. I have been promised pictures as my price for making this, and will post some of those if and when received.
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