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DIY Quick & Easy Modern Cat House

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This DIY cat house is a fun project that doesn't require a lot of time or money to create! Cats like to hide out and this rounded top gives them a little feeling of privacy. My nieces thought I should add curtains to the sides ...and they also gave me a lot of other tips. They wanted me to paint some fish on the house and also hang a string toy from the inside. All good ideas!
 
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Step 1: Materials for Modern Rounded Top Cat House

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Materials
  • a 12 inch by 48 inch concrete form tube (I bought one at Menards for around $8.00)
  • a hand saw
  • sand paper
  • acrylic paint
  • wood glue or other type of glue
  • soft fabric for inside
  • measuring tape or ruler
  • *optional: small piece of foam for inside

Step 2: Cutting out the Form for Cat House

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If you wanted to, you could make 3 cat houses from the long tube. For just one, you'll need to take your measuring tape or ruler and measure 16 inches in from one end of the tube and mark it. Turn the tube and continue making marks at the 16 inch point.

Take out the hand saw and cut all the way through, using your marks to try to guide you and keep you at or around 16 inches from the end of the tube.

Step 3: Two more cuts to make stand

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Next take the measuring tape out again and draw a straight line across the tube the long way (with openings at the ends) and then about 6 1/2 inches from that line make another line. Then take out the hand saw.

Cut the tube along those lines and afterwards you'll have a nice rounded piece to use for the base of the cat house.

After that's done you can take out your sand paper and sand the rough edges off.
ZaneEricB9 days ago

Amazing how the simpliest things can become amazing!

Nice good.... now I'm going to make this for my hellians..i mean spawns...i mean cats...

Master978653 months ago

wow, it looks chic

shazni4 months ago

That looks great!

studleylee6 months ago
Kitty Approved!!!!! You can tell Kitty likes it. He's smiling. Great idea and use of cement form tubes. They are on my fave resources too.
HollyMann (author)  studleylee6 months ago

Thanks so much Lee! :))

prickly vegan6 months ago

This looks pretty cool. My cats would probably sniff it and walk away though, especially if it takes any time or money to make. That, or scratch the crap out of it!
Two questions: -Does wood glue actually hold the two pieces together securely?
-Does the base stay curved? My cats are, ahem, <i>huskier</i> than your furball.
Suggestion: To make the edges more finished for your dainty cat, you could glue down some fabric trim. Maybe gold fringe, some silk throw pillows, beaded curtains, some servants.... :)

HollyMann (author)  prickly vegan6 months ago

Thanks for the comment - made me smile! I am the servant I believe! :))) I spoil them too much and make a lot of things...a lot of times they do the same and walk away. But surprisingly they seem to like the things I make many months later at least! The wood glue does work to bond the two pieces. I wanted to use my staple gun but couldn't find it...I'm too disorganized... If your cat is heavier, you may need to cut out another curved piece (same as the first base and glue them together) ...that should make it stronger or more stable. The base on ours is still curved just fine. If the cat flops into it clumsily it might tip over...but I have it against a wall....so I may need to fix that issue! Love your decorative ideas..the cats would adore it! :)))

MicioGatta6 months ago
Very good project, very handsome cat. >^.^< Miao
HollyMann (author)  MicioGatta6 months ago
Thanks so much Micio!
Attmos6 months ago
Nicely done, very cool. I think pet projects are super fun, the anticipation of seeing if they like it or not. Looks like yours was a complete success!
HollyMann (author)  Attmos6 months ago
Thanks Attmos! Yeah sometimes the cats like the thing I am making more before I finish it! One cat bed I made an Instructable on - the cat seemed like she liked it but then never used it until just recently. Now all the cats want to use that cat bed...so I have no idea - cats are funny creatures! :)
AngryRedhead6 months ago
Cats want to be pasta!
HollyMann (author)  AngryRedhead6 months ago
:)
blissful20156 months ago
such gorgeous structure and happy kitty! i want one for me! =)
HollyMann (author)  blissful20156 months ago
So cute - thank you blissful! :)
omnibot6 months ago
Brilliant!
kmonkyaw6 months ago
ohh..let do it now
This is awesome! Great idea and wonderfully done!
HollyMann (author)  Ruth in Craftsville6 months ago
Thank you Ruth!
lindarose926 months ago
This is one of the coolest cat houses I've ever seen! Looks great!!
HollyMann (author)  lindarose926 months ago
Thanks so much Linda! :)