Introduction: Cardboard Cat Igloo House

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With the help of my cat Yoko, here is how to create a wonderfull cardboard cat house.

I'm sure your cats will enjoy it very much as mine.

Step 1: What Do You Need

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  1. A lot of cardboard (large enough)
  2. A pencil
  3. A compass
  4. Paper glue (one that is non toxic)
  5. A cutter
  6. A measuring tool (meter)

Note that if you don't have a large enough compass (for the biggest diameters about 50 cm) you may use a homemade tool with a piece of wood, your pencil, a screw or a nail and two clamps. See the photo.

Step 2: Draw and Cut

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The PDF is the table of measurements for cardboard cat house (in english and french). For each layer you will have the outer diameter and for certain layers you will also have the inner diameter and the opening.

Draw and cut all the pieces.

Don't forget to write the number of each piece so you can put them together more easily.

Step 3: Check

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Before the assembly, check your work.

Step 4: Glue

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Glue all the pieces together in the right order : 1, 2, 3, 4, ...

Leave to dry for at least 24 hours. You may put some weight on it to be sure having a good contact between pieces.

Step 5: Cat Checking Your Work

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Present your work to your cat.

He will be delighted.

Step 6: Conclusion

I hope many cats will be happy with this instructable.

Sorry if there are mistakes, english is not my mother tongue.


horestis (author)2017-11-06

The cats probably love to scratch on the outside too! Love this!

joepool2003 (author)2017-08-02

just got two new tiny kittens yesterday, I am definately going to make this for them :)

sbrown9578 (author)2017-03-26

I know exactly how my cats would use this. They would claw the outside of it until it was completely shredded. I got them that toy that has the ball that rolls around inside a track and the center had a cardboard piece for scratching. The cardboard lasted exactly one day. LOL I would like to try this but I think maybe I will put some cloth on the outside of it and lacquer this inside maybe. I do think this is ingenious though. Love it when people use stuff that usually ends up in the landfill. Great job.

miniil (author)sbrown95782017-03-26

Thanks for your comment :)
Maybe you could do this in wood :)

CHRIS11556 (author)miniil2017-07-21

or concrete.

Dwargh (author)2017-05-24

Thank you! Nice i'ble! Gonna try that sometime...

Jada Durby (author)2017-05-19

This is so cute. <3 I think it would be awesome for a bird too!

miniil (author)2017-05-17

I'm so happy to win this contest with my cat.
Thanks to all of you who voted for me :)

Canvas of Dreams (author)2017-05-16

This is so cute !!! Very neat build :) Thanks for sharing :)

EstefaniRM (author)2017-05-08

Great! Thank you I want to do it!

miniil (author)EstefaniRM2017-05-14

Yes do it and post a foto :)

rjkorn (author)2017-05-13

Wild.... A cat house and scratch pad too...

miniil (author)rjkorn2017-05-14

Yes it can be a sratch pad too. My cat don't use it like that he prefere the sofa LOL :)

makemyclay (author)2017-05-13

So cute!

miniil (author)makemyclay2017-05-14

My cat? Sure :)
Yes the cardboard Igloo is cute too :)
Thanks for your comment.

jvolpert78251 made it! (author)2017-04-13

I upgraded to a two story cat house

Yonatan24 (author)jvolpert782512017-05-13

Currently it looks like 3 :)

miniil (author)jvolpert782512017-05-01


Awert1962 made it! (author)2017-05-01

Хорошая идея.

miniil (author)Awert19622017-05-01


hughgoh (author)2017-04-07

Thats a great idea. I love our cats,and I'm sure they will love this too

tiniwesa (author)2017-04-04

This is great, miniil! Our cats love cardboard & I have to frequently buy new scratchers, loungers, cubbies, etc. With this Instructable, I can use all my old Amazon Prime boxes to make them instead of buying, hurray! Definitely one of the best "upcyling" projects for cats I've seen here so of course you get my vote! Nous aimons nos chats! ?

miniil (author)tiniwesa2017-04-04

Thanks for your great comment tiniwesa.
Your love for your cat is all you need with cardboard to do this project.
Kisses to your cats :)

jvolpert78251 made it! (author)2017-03-29

My much bigger version. I used a CAD program to create drawings.

miniil (author)jvolpert782512017-03-29

Nice :)
And your cat? Is he happy?

jvolpert78251 (author)miniil2017-03-30

I think they like it, but I must say this project was more about the journey and less about the destination.

KitsuneMikan (author)2017-03-16

that's neat!
Would you allow me to do a laser cut version of your instructables? I'm a pretty lazy person I would rather laser cut my carboard/wood that cutting it with cisors or cutter ;)

miniil (author)KitsuneMikan2017-03-16

Yes why not.
But could you explain me what is laser cut?
Thanks a lot.

KitsuneMikan (author)miniil2017-03-16

A laser cutter (or engraver) is a machine that can cut a lot of material depending of its power. Mine can cut up to 1/2 inches of wood. If you want to see what it looks like check out my instructables I did a couple of video explaning how to laser engrave pumpkin and chocolate.
I also have a youtube chanel with more laser cut stuff :)

UWSNanny9 (author)KitsuneMikan2017-03-24

I am old (75); I guess I can't use utube correctly, but I did a search by name & by project, but didn't find u. Can u help me?

KitsuneMikan (author)UWSNanny92017-03-24

I haven't done the cat igloo house yet but you can subscribe to my youtube chanel to get notified anytime I post a new video :)

miniil (author)KitsuneMikan2017-03-16

Thanks for the explanation.
I'll look to your instructables.

SeanM124 (author)miniil2017-03-16

laser cutting is where instead of cutting with scissors cut with laser

HLightning11 (author)2017-03-24

I voted for you! 3 cats here, but only one is super playful... oh well! I will have to make one!

miniil (author)HLightning112017-03-24

Thank a lot for your vote.
Try this your cats will love it :)

IzzaA (author)2017-03-24

you know what?, i love cat, so you get my vote

miniil (author)IzzaA2017-03-24

You know what? I love cat too :)
Thanks for your vote :)
Have a good day :)

MattB144 (author)2017-03-23

Voted, need to make some for my cats

Nycola (author)2017-03-23

love it, just need to start collecting cardboard and your English is great.?

miniil (author)Nycola2017-03-23

Thanks a lot.
Don't hesitate to vote for my cat ;)
Good luck on collecting cardboard.

throbscottle (author)2017-03-17

Voted. Now I just need a cat...


miniil (author)throbscottle2017-03-18

Thanks for your vote.
Have a cat it's a wonderfull animal :)

YvesProvence (author)2017-03-22

Ca a l'air pas mal comme idée pour une niche avec des matériaux de récup.
Je vais essayer de le faire !
Merci !

MadeByGloria (author)2017-03-22

This is so cute and clever. C'est magnifique!

abdce9c (author)2017-03-22

Cool. I have to make one. Voted!

miniil (author)abdce9c2017-03-22

Thanks for your vote :)

KathrynG24 (author)2017-03-20

Have to try this! I'm always looking for cool ideas to keep our two girls amused! What cat wouldn't like a homemade hide out?

chrisjlionel (author)2017-03-20

Awesome dude

MarkG_1327 (author)2017-03-19

always expect the unexpected. thanks for this. it's great. simple materials. think I' gonna make one, nope! ELEVEN, since I have 11 cats. ...

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