I kept seeing photos of cat tents on Pinterest and being shared on Facebook, but none of them had good instructions! I decided to make a cat tent for Luna and document it so you guys could make one too. :D
This cat tent is super easy to make - you really just need a t-shirt, some wire hangers and a piece of cardboard. As a bonus, it really only takes five minutes, so if your cat ignores it you didn't put too much effort in. ;)
Step 1: What you'll need:
- a cat
- a medium t-shirt
- a 15 x 15 inch piece of cardboard (mine was 13x15 and a little wonky)
- two wire hangers (like these)
- safety pins
- something to cut the hangers with and help bend them - I used a large pair of pliers. :)
Step 2: Untwist and cut the hangers
Untwist the hanger below the hook and cut off both squiggly ends.
Step 3: Shape the hangers + reinforce the cardboard if needed
Shape the hangers so they look like the above - try to make them smooth and pretty uniform. You want two graceful curves that will go from corner to corner of your piece of cardboard.
(Lu did an excellent job of this.)
I also took this time to tape on a couple supports to the cardboard and tape all around the edges for a little more stability. This is really only necessary if you're using a piece of cardboard with a crease in it.
Step 4: Poke a hole in each corner
You should be able to use the end of the hanger to do this!
Make sure it's at least a half inch in from each edge and not too large.
Step 5: Tape the two hangers together
Cross the two hangers in the middle and make sure all the ends touch the surface you're working on. Tape them together really well so they don't shift.
Push the ends through the holes you just made in the corners.
Step 6: Bend the ends and tape them down
Bend at least an inch on the bottom of each hanger so it sits against the bottom of the cardboard. Tape the ends down flat against the cardboard - make sure you tape it well so it's nice and smooth and won't snag the shirt when you pull it over!