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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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davidbarcomb23 hours ago

Simple and easy to make. This is very nice

This is so cute and easy to make. I am going to try to make it for my cat Tory.

This would be purfect for a cat! I HAVE to do this! Thank you for doing this!

Wow!! What a fun idea!!!!

PurplePassion1 made it!22 days ago

I just threw it together to see if I could do it, I'm going to make another one! Thanks for the idea :)

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BarrieM23 days ago

This is soooo WAY COOL! Most of my kitties will LOVE this, and it will give them EACH their own little house! Thanks to posting this! Soo simple, and easy! I have ALL the items needed to make at least 4 of these right now! Thanks again, and your kitty is beautiful!

Thank you for the great tutorial!!!
SparkySolar29 days ago

Thank you for this nice Instructable. I like it

Rima

Myrak12031 month ago
Thanks for the instructions I made one now 12 more to go!!

very inventive! I liked having the pictures in the step by step. The catnip inside, as an enticement, is a good idea and love the removable t shirt cover feature. I have found that if I want my cat to use something I put it in a spot and then pretend I don't know it's there. Curious by nature, cats will check out a hidey hole as long as they think its their idea. We figured this out after many episodes of trying to get our cats to use a cat bed only to have them quickly jump out and ignore it completely.

thanks for the idea,

L.

That's useful I have 4 cats

Wonderful idea. I made one this aternoon. Now to see who gets in it first. Thanks for great idea.

this is so incredibly cool and so easy that we can do it for both our tiny dog and your kitty thank you for the instructions and the idea we will do this right away I know they're going to love it
lammy63021 month ago

It was quick and easy!! I added an old towel to the bottom inside to make it comfy... the 7 month old kitten is sound asleep inside and looking adorable!!

Here is a pic. She loves it.

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I'm working on a Granny Ripple Afghan for my cat Mr. Peaches so I think I am going to take this idea but instead of using a t-shirt, weave the wire hangers through the afghan to shape it into the tent. I'll have to post photos if it works like I hope it does.

purpleg made it!3 months 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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Never would have thought of an old pizza box till I saw this picture, great for insulation in the box of cloth, foam, etc. for my outside cat.

Make another! :P

Little Eagle made it!2 months ago

Ok so I cheated and didn't really make it. I just put an old dress around a box and tied it in the back. But, your instructable inspired me so thanks!

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Get idea for outside cat, who sleeps on the porch. He does not like being indoors. Thought I would put a hooded-sweat shirt (hood for a door) on first then one of those emergency silver blankets on it then a t-shirt to hold the silver blanket in place. I am always worrying he will get cold.

Don't know why its upside down (it was fine on facebook and pinterest!). But you get the idea. It was fun and easy and we will do it again.

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My cats and small dogs love hammocks and this gave me an idea to staple it under the chair indoor and outdoor! Have not tried it but thanks!

This is fabulous! I love that the T-shirt is whole and you could change it out for another, seasonally? For cleaning, too! Drop in a plastic grocery bag and my cats will go anywhere. But it's enough like a box that they should try it anyway. I'll have to find some hangers and try this one this weekend! Wonderful directions, even I understood them! And a beautiful cat, who was polite enough to wait until the end to climb in and enjoy! Thank you so much!

louise.oh1 month ago

Great instructions, clear and consise steps! Thanks for sharing :)

My cat is always looking for a place to disappear. This will be great for her. With winter coming I think I will cover it with a sweatshirt, just cut the sleeves down a bit. Make a little fuzzy pillow to put inside and maybe she will quit trying to take over my heating pad.

kkay631 month ago

That is so clever and so cute! I have to try it! This is a perfect project to do with kids, too. Thanks so much!

SuzieBlue made it!1 month ago

Thanks! Maisie took some coaxing to get into the tent, but she has started to show more interest now. It really was easy to make, and a great way to upcycle a favourite T-Shirt (Asterix in Rome) that had got a bit grubby to wear. We used a shallow box lid (the lip is about 2" / 5 cm high) for the floor to give a bit more stability.

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thank you!! meow and purrrrrrrr.....my 3 cats will love this..........

tephramancy1 made it!1 month ago

My little Spider loves his play tent so much!

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só faltou como se coloca a camisa,não sei mesmo alguem mim mandem uma foto do tutorial e se precisa tirar ou costurar as mangas.


Très bonne idée mais je dois trouver une solution pour que la base soit plus lourde et donc plus stable

jhanson11 made it!1 month ago

Well I made this and gave it to the cats but I don't think it's really their thing. They would rather run around and hunt outside, but was still cool to make and pretty easy to do. I think it looks good.

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bonnie.chakravorty made it!1 month ago

We did it! We are going to try it without a pillow first since they sleep on just about any surface, I might do it again with a prettier t-shirt but this works for now.

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thanks,i have 5 cats,i will be a busy cat lady..lol

Thank you very much ! The instructions are clear and easy to follow ! :)

This is an awesome idea! My cat loves enclose spaces and is always trying to get inside of duffle bags and the like. Cat furniture is so expensive and this looks very easy and uses stuff I have at home so it costs nothing. Thanks for posting the instructions with pictures!

This is sooooo cute! I'm going to try it! Thanks for the really clear instructions..and thank Luna as well! She did an excellent job!

that is adorable and looks easy i am sooo making this

i made it!!! pheww, finally it's done! thanks for the inspiration :)

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