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)
  • tape
  • safety pins
  • something to cut the hangers with and help bend them - I used a large pair of pliers. :)
I added two fluffy blankets inside for comfort, and she went straight to sleep
<p>Omg that's the cutest thing ever.</p>
<p>Close Enough :)</p>
<p>Monte, my son's cat, in his tent.</p>
<p>Going to make this for my sisters cat. Pictures to come soon hopefully (:. </p>
<p>your cats are so cute</p>
I made the base a bit more sturdy by hot gluing another 15x15 piece of cardboard to the bottom after I taped the ends of the hangers down. <br>I also sewed on an old blanket I cut up and lined the inside.
<p>Beatuful !! Nicely done with your very clear instructions, Grafito also went directly to take a nap. Now I have to do another for Perlita; it's ok it took 20min .</p><p>Thank you</p>
I made it! fun and easy. will make again with more flair/fashion.
<p>I need to figure out how to scale this for a 35 kilogram Labrador :D </p>
<p>awwww So cute</p>
My kitten Zoe went right in and keeps all her toys in there. Its a little funky shaped but she doesnt care. Great instructions very easy to follow.
Muskot ignorera it for a week, but today he's been in it twice. He also likes to use it as a hurdle for jumping over.
I used a 2X shirt that I didn't wear anymore and I had a small box and left up the sides
<p>Lyra loves it. We added a door for her own privacy!</p>
Awesome name, its my daughter's too! :)
Straight in
Great directions. Meowee loves it!!
Princess Celina Puss-Puss Meeowingtons approves of her new tent.<br>Great instructable.
<p>Can't wait to try to make it for my cat. Though she just gave birth I'll make it for her later but this is really good!!</p>
<p>Brilliant! My cat Lucy couldn't even wait until I pin the shirt to the cardboard. jumped right into it!</p>
<p>love the drawing in sharpie, when i do this i might draw a design</p>
<p>I love cats and I love your idea... Good idea!</p>
<p>very nicely done! Can't wait to make one for our cats</p>
<p>This comes in handy :)</p>
<p>You cat looks just like my snow baby. He is my first male cat. He is a treasure.</p>
<p>I think you stole my cat for this. She's white and named Luna too. lol Now let's see if my Lu likes this as much as yours. ;-)</p>
<p>funy funy :)</p>
I love it!! Thank you so much for sharing!! :-)
<p>im sure cat will barely move from there, nice</p>
<p>love the tent. Though my 9 month old boy is a really large cat, certainly for his age, and quite destructive in nature. The shirt is now full of holes and i'm gonna go find some new coat hangers to create a cat tent: mark 2. he is madly in love with his tent.</p>
<p>my wife cat will like it , thanks</p>
<p>I made my cat tent today, took longer than 5 minutes to make. Putting tent frame took the 5 minutes, arranging t-shirt &amp; pinning took longer. What a great idea. Have put catnip in it, Loula went straight to tent &amp; loves it.</p>
<p>Seriously great idea! I was thinking of making a cat tree and think these will be great for the platforms (reinforced on the bottoms of course). </p><p>...now off to make one for my horse :))</p>
<ul> <br><li><div><p>This is such a cool idea! I made one for my cat and she loves it. She has been in it for at least two hours now... Thanks for such a great tutorial!</p> <br></div></ul> <br><p></p>
<p>ok then it took me more than 5 minutes and I used foam I found and I used duct tape ,I twisted the duct tape from inside and outside 2 reinforce the tent while I was trying 2 bend the hangers my cat decided 2 play with hanger so I took it in hallway.it doesn't look good or like the picture but cloudy is now inside so I am good</p>
<p>Instant occupation. My daughter and I each made one. I turned around to look for a cat to put inside the tent but couldn't find her -- she was already inside!</p>
<p>I love how your cat intently watched the entire process, too cute!</p>
<p>My cat went straight in and won't come out, I may never see her again... </p>
<p>Cute....I made it and my cat went in right away! She figured out what it was before</p><p>my boyfriend did...LOL</p>
I made one. I was so excited, it turned out great. Cats won't go near it. I even put catnip in it. They ignore it completely.
<p>Try using a t-shirt with your odor,and try to keep the tent in your common areas, cats dont like to be apart</p><p>.<br><br>Im a vet student UNAM</p><p>Greetings from m&eacute;xico</p>
<p>Also, try rubbing the cat down with the shirt so it has, it's scent. </p>
<p>I so want to make this for my crazy lil Senor Meow Meow Pussycat. he would love it. my dilemma, I have no wire hangers. :(</p>
<p>I bought wire hangers at Walmart.....you get like 10 hangers for a couple of dollars.</p>
<p>Maybe try going to a dry cleaners and ask if they could spare a couple . . . ?</p>
<p>Just use a box!</p>
<p>A box sounds like a great idea.....will try</p>
I know what you mean!!!

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