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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. ;)

 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • 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)
  • tape
  • safety pins
  • something to cut the hangers with and help bend them - I used a large pair of pliers. :)

Step 2: Cut the hangers

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Cut off both squiggly ends. I untwisted mine and then cut, but that's not really necessary. (though it was kinda fun!)

Step 3: Shape the hangers + reinforce the cardboard if needed

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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

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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

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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.

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purpleg made it!7 days ago

Thanks very much for the the instructions! Made one (a variation actually) a while ago. Now the cats are fighting over it :(

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Make another! :P

fiveseventyfive made it!7 days ago

My cat loves it! I seem to have big cats though, as they find it a little small but my littlest cat can fit. Fun project, will be making some for my other two if I can get bigger wire hangers! I could only fit a blanket on the bottom, but if you have a kitten a whole cat bed would fit perfectly.

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KareliaP9 days ago
coul you please tell me what app did you used to write the diy thingie?
jessyratfink (author)  KareliaP9 days ago

I used picmonkey.com - it's my favorite tool for adding text to photos. :)

avmikan13 days ago

Amazing!!! and sooo easy!!! Buy one like this in my country its too expensive!! Thank you for share this

daisy_kay1713 days ago
I really like this I'm totally doing this for my cat she loves boxes so she will love this
shila.gaudes made it!24 days ago

So, I had to change a few things because I have a 1/2 bengal half coon cat. I used two hangers and a large cardboard box with the top flaps folded down inside for extra support. I did not cut the ends off the hangers but instead bent them inward and then stabbed one in each corner of the box and folded it up snugly. I also used craft wire to secure the hangers together in the middle. Then, I took a 5x shirt (from goodwill, they are good for a variety of crafts) and draped it over the box/hanger combo and it went really really smoothly! best of all, I stuffed the box. I put some old pants down as a filler and then used an extra fitted red sheet I had to cover the wires and sides of the box inside as well as the pants. I haven't pinned down the arms yet but he already loves it and barely let me put it down on the floor! His wifey, our little 7lb white cat loves it too but she has to jump to get inside. Usually we don't have enough things for the big guy. Now he has something he fits in comfortably! Although, he will tell you he fits in the tinest of boxes.. its not true.

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jessyratfink (author)  shila.gaudes23 days ago

What a good idea for bigger cats!!

they cuddle with each other when not fighting, and she takes care of my hubby. the male (leroy) and i are both standoffish at best so we kind of just lay in the same general area. sometimes he puts his feet on me. or his butt. LOL!

do you have an insta ? feel free to lmk what it is! i love to see others cats as well!

thank you! they love it! he slept in it for a long long time today. he also has started peeking out with only one eye and waiting for someone to pass by so he can swipe at them. ill try to catch a photo. its cute to see him acting like a kitten when he is 5 years old and so very very large!

and because i am, in fact, one of the worst kind of crazy cat ladies... here is a bunch of photos of my cats. if you are interested in 1500+ more, they have an instagram http://instagram.com/barefootbeauregard

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jessyratfink (author)  shila.gaudes15 days ago

ugggghhhh they are so sweet!!! My ladies cuddle sometimes but never as full on as that, ha! I'm going to spend some time stalking them on instagram now :D

Love the pics of the kitties.

MaskMarvl made it!15 days ago
Great instuctable! Memow thanks you... :)
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BobbieJ117 days ago

This is great...too bad I trash all my wire hangars. But I will buy some just for this. My cats will love it!! I'm on my way to being a crazy cat lady - 4 of them. :)

Appreciate the detailed instructions WITH pictures!

Pampchiz18 days ago

Looove it!! And most of the cats seem to enjoy it!!

lynnk131318 days ago

Thank you it came out cute, we'll see if he likes it and goes in it. Thank you, took about 20 - 30 minutes to make and I used masking type on bottom not pins so it does not stick cat or kitten

MacAtk122219 days ago

we did it!! it looks a little ghetto because our hanger was really hard to bend, but whatever our cats will love it!

tweetyrulz19 days ago

I've seen this project before but didn't understand the directions. Thank you so much for clarifying them for me! I have 2 cats that would LOVE something like this! :)

kjackson3020 days ago
I made it! It's a lil different but it works and I had the perfect shirt! I kept the arm holes too so kitties could play with other kitties by reaching their arms through them. Thanks for the idea, my cats love it!
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GabbyB1 made it!21 days ago

Easy peasy! The kids love it. I went to the other room to grab safety pins and by the time I got back, George was inside and Watson was (impatiently) waiting his turn! I had some leftover carpet laying around so I cozied it up a bit by duct taping the carpet to the cardboard. Too fun!

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peardrop made it!21 days ago

I made this last weekend, and although Mandrake was a bit suspicious at first, he quickly filled it with all his toys and spends most of the morning lolling around, throwing things out, and bringing them back in :)

He loves it and it really did only take 10min! Now if only I had coat hangers/t-shirts big enough for a person-sized version...

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julie.sindora made it!22 days ago

Thank you for the clear instructions! I made one of these earlier using the box our Canidae cat food came in. It's just a little box with short sides which helps the stability of the setup. Also, you don't have to untwist the hook part, just cut it off. Then you also don't have to really straighten out the first crimp in the hanger because that's where you can bend once through the cardboard. That means you're just stuck with straightening out the main corners at either end of the hanger.

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I'll have to dig out an old t-shirt to make one for Fàili. She's the one who likes hiding in things. Only problem with yours is I want to WEAR that yellow T-shirt, it's gorgeous! :)

jessyratfink (author)  sophia.dale.523 days ago

Haha! My boyfriend was pretty bummed that the shirt was too big for him - that was his response too. :D

kalliope.trovas made it!24 days ago

i didnt have safety pins but i think it came out pretty well ! not as neat though :(

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Must try!

diddleymaz1 month ago

genius!

mmd9001 month ago
My cat loves boxes and this was perfect for her!
patytrico1 month ago

Thank you! I will try ;)

danfish1 month ago

Very cool little project!

very nice

Sootsprites1 month ago

love how your cat is in all the preparation/construction photos! adorable (:

ttowngirl1 month ago
Also, as an upgrade, you could use correlated plastic sign board after any election is done! And put the wire in the layers hidden from the kitties!
ttowngirl1 month ago
Your cat tent and cute white kitty are awesome :)...my kitten is going to love this! And so easy!
sundiy1 month ago
My cats would love this!!
TMarizzle made it!1 month ago

I think this is the first instructable I've actually attempted to do after adding it to my list. I usually just add them to my favorites, and say "I'll do it eventually." I actually favorited this yesterday and went straight home after work to do it. Lilly seems to like it a lot so far. Now all I have left to do is pin up the bottom of the tent. She decided to check it out before I could finish haha

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Oh and Pro Tip: make sure you bend those hanger ends really well after you poke them through so they lay flat against the cardboard without tape. You will still need to tape them down of course, but it makes it so much easier instead of trying to tape them down as they keep rising up. I learned that the hard way after my first corner.

cuantascacas2 months ago

I really believe that you have probably made the BEST instructable I've ever read! A great conception with your beloved pet's comfort always in mind, so easy to build from two or three recycled items everyone has at home and IT WORKS, perfectly accomplishing its function...

Congratulations, you deserve all good purrs you get from your kitty and those who got a new colourful house!!!

Had to join so I could say what a great idea this is. My daughters cats are picky. She recycles tshirts into cat toys for the shelter. Her comment: And the teeshirt can always be made into cat toys for picky kitty to ignore." I love that her cats are picky. My brats get great new toys all the time! I can make one for each of them. And since most of my tshirts are cat themed, it will be adorable!

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