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Cat Tree for Free!

This Instructable has been a long time coming. I've been talking about doing something like this for about 8 months but, until recently, have been too lazy to get off my butt and complete it. The idea was to make a "tree" filled with all of my cats' favorite toys. A few things happened that got me jump started however; the local Ace Hardware went out of business and I was able to buy a reciprocating saw, drill, and flashlight set for $60 (regular retail price of $120). Shortly after this purchase I was transferred to a different shift at the warehouse where I work and as a result had 1 day off less than I previously had. This prompted me to try to get more out of my days off. Last, and probably most important, the 38th Annual Madison Chautauqua was held this weekend. For the uninitiated, the Madison Chautauqua is a fairly large craft fair that takes over the downtown area of my small city in Southern Indiana. There's lots of cool stuff there but I can never get over how much the artisans price things. I'm the first one to do his best to support the arts but $150+ is a bit much for a portrait of a grasshopper. So the Cat Tree idea popped back in my head and I thought that I would make something Chautauqua worthy, but do it for little to no cost. And hey, if someone wants to give me 80 bucks for it next year, maybe I'll just become a hypocrite and make a little extra ca$h. :-)
 
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Gear_Gurl5 years ago
Wow! This is awesome!! I'm thinking of starting a cat rescue, and something like this would be so cool and cheap to add to the adoption room.
Sunkicked (author)  Gear_Gurl5 years ago
Glad you like it! I've been pleasantly surprised by how well the cats have taken to it. THey pretty much ignored it at first, but after my lady friend made some custom toys and we used the laser pointer on them, they were hooked! Send me some pictures if you end up making one.
canida5 years ago
So... do the cats like it?
Sunkicked (author)  canida5 years ago
UPDATE! After a couple months of this unsightly chunk of wood sitting in my living room, Angie redecorated it and added new toys (most of which she made herself). The result is a large in crease in play time. In fact the cats are enjoying it so much that the dogs (always jealous of anything the cats play with or eat or both) have started head butting some of the toys to make them squeak or jingle. Hooray!
Nice. Always good to see cats going nuts. Any strategic use of catnip?
Sunkicked (author)  canida5 years ago
Believe it or not, no. I put some on there a few days after bringing it in the house but they pretty much ignored it after rubbing their faces on the branches for a while. Angie's toy making ability is the driving force behind their new found passion. She attached one of the toys to a small toy fishing pole a while ago and had some great adventures with that. I hinted at doing an Instructable. Maybe I should take a break from the studying and get to work on something fun.
Sunkicked (author)  canida5 years ago
So far they've only played with it a bit. I tricked the male into playing with it yesterday by shining the laser pointer on it and then turning it off. I think he was attacking the tree because it ate the shiny dot he likes. Interestingly it was a stray that played with it the most. If you look at Darren's comment you'll see that there was a slight ant problem in the beginning. In order to try to keep the ants out of my house I sprayed it down with bug spray, then left it out on the porch for a couple of nights. A stray cat came up and started batting at it and went hogwild. He took off when I tried to get a pic though. :-( How's life? -EJC
My dad and I made a cat tree a few years ago as a scratching post, but it's relatively straight up and down. It's about four feet high, and the cats wouldn't play with it as first. I put a shelf on top and used a chainsaw to put in an appropriate niche for another shelf, carpeted both, and they LOVE it now.
dlewisa5 years ago
That thing looks more like a home for wayward ants. Or the white tree of Gondor. Nice looking garage though. Any cats that play with this thing should have their sexuality questioned. Wait a minute . . . that's my garage.
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