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And, of course, what’s a home without a couple cat perches?
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#1 posted 02-10-2012 10:21 PM
Dale, love the window seat right ABOVE the heat register! :-)
your house looks ours…except your furniture looks better. I’ve been dying to add another cat tree to our place…thanks for sharing yours!
-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...
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#2 posted 02-10-2012 10:51 PM
Nice job. Your cat seems to like it a lot. We bought on vey similar to yours, actually almost identical. Unfortunately our cat hasn’t shown any interest in it at all.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.
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#3 posted 02-10-2012 10:52 PM
Wow, that’s great. How do you attach the carpeting? We’ve spent far too much on cat trees (before I had my shop) and I’d love to try making some.
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#4 posted 02-10-2012 11:00 PM
I second Elizabeth: my fiancée has been on me to make a cat tree or two. :)
-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI
#5 posted 02-10-2012 11:43 PM
Our cat hardly ever leaves her perch. We have both right next to windows, so she’s constantly enjoying the birds out in the yard.
Elizabeth and WinterSun,
I’m always looking for ways to create a little income so that I can reinvest in my shop. Nearly everything in my shop has been paid for by other people. :)
Seeing that they get exorbinant amounts of money for these cat trees at cat shows, I thought I’d be smart and mass produce a dozen or so. However, after building just this one, I quickly changed my mind.
Don’t let this discourage you though. It wasn’t all that hard…just not a whole lot of fun in my book.
The actual construction was fairly simple. It was the carpeting part that I didn’t particularly care for. But it’s just your basic staple gun that I used to finally attach all of the carpet.
One thing I had to keep in mind was that I didn’t want any metal parts protruding from the very base. I have wood floors and I just didn’t want any scratches in the floor. So be aware of that little bit of info.
Other than that, just go to your local carpet store and ask them for scraps or unwanted remnants. Get yourself a good staple gun and a very sharp razor blade cutting device.
Our cat has since gotten too fat to fit through the hole in the middle level, so take that into consideration as well.
If you’d like dimensions, just holler.
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#6 posted 02-11-2012 01:01 AM
We got ours in the middle house. Our cats loves it. My carpet on the cat tree probably needs to be replaced (matted down). My cats are much older now, but still get up there.The scratching post on the cat tree realy helps. No scratching the furnature.
-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS
#7 posted 02-11-2012 01:19 AM
The carpeting on ours gets matted down as well. Every once in a while I hit it really hard with a handheld vacuum cleaner wand. That tends to bring the pile back up a bit.
Our cat is a rear-wheel drive only cat, so she just “paws” the rope on her tree with her front paws.
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#8 posted 02-11-2012 02:17 AM
cats………2% of their pea sized brain retains knowledge, the rest is instinct
nice cat tree, ………..needs carpet : ))
-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso
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#9 posted 02-11-2012 02:19 AM
Nice job, we purchased a very small one when our cat,(Max) was very small we got him at 2 months old and used to perch on my shoulder until he got too big. We bought the small one just because looking into my daughter eyes I couldn’t say no. I am going to design one similar to yours and I know what you mean about the carpeting, when I was a teenager my best friend bought a van that we gutted and customized the inside, and covered everything with carpet. What a pain, but now my daughter wants to help build it, so I guess I’m carpeting another project, can’t say no to her, gotta work on that.
-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.
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#10 posted 02-11-2012 02:58 AM
My cats love ours if I didn’t already have one I would totally be making one. Thanks for clearing up the carpet affixtion issue because that was always something I wondered.
-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson
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#11 posted 02-20-2012 06:46 PM
Hm. I wonder if my cat wood like a cat tree… of course, it would probably have to stay in the shop, as I doubt my wife would like a cat tree anywhere else in the house!
-- Rob "Scrape" French, Missouri
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#12 posted 02-20-2012 07:11 PM
To get my neighbor going I tell them cats were made for one purpose ,ammunition for catapults. :))
Don’t get mad I would never harm a living thing ,especially a little kitten . Very nice build.
-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture
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#13 posted 08-24-2013 02:19 PM
awesome! I just found this and I’m going to borrow it if you don’t mind, Dale? :) my cat doesn’t jump real well but she could make this and loves to look out the window as well :) I think I even have the perfect spot for it too!
-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades
#14 posted 08-24-2013 10:53 PM
Go for it!! Post photos once you’re done if you don’t mind. I’d love to see how yours turns out.
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#15 posted 03-14-2014 08:05 PM
Hey DaleNice cat perch…I bought a bunch of 2×2 MDF boards at Home Depot….2 bucks a piece. I didnt have any specific plans for them, but now I do!!!!Thanks Gramps
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