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. :)
<p>Are you part cat or something? This looks sooo cool!</p>
<p>So mine is not quite like yours and it has the added &quot;duct tape chic&quot; look. :D One of the 3 appear to have claimed it already though so I'm good with that. Thanks for the idea!!</p>
<p>cute i have 3 cats i could use this</p>
Thank you so much. My cat Blaze loves his new tent. It was really fun and easy to make.
Thank you for this tutorial! Your directions were very easy to follow, and mango loves the final product!
<p>This was fun! And here's our boy...checking out the catnip, which apparently he approved because in the space of 3 minutes he was eating catnip, climbed in and went to sleep immediately (see the last photo). I used a flat priority mail box--didn't have to cut any cardboard that way.</p>
Fail! Don't waste your time.
<p>sassy t-shirt tent for a sassy cat!</p>
<p>thank you for the great tutorial! i followed your instructions and even took it one step further and tucked a second old shirt inside (tucked the sides under the cardboard) for more comfort and a finished look :D </p>
<p>Ooooh, good idea with the second t-shirt. :D What a cute little buddy, too!!</p>
Awesome idea ! !<br>Gonna make it for my lovely ladies!!??
<p>made two of them today, had a little trouble with the shirt, but eventually got it. a little catnip did help encourage them to enter but once they did can not get them out, until dinner time anyway. big hit for them</p>
<p>I love this idea! I am going to make more for family and friends. Thanks for the great idea!!!</p>
<p>Brilliant! I'm appalled at how expensive things like this for your pet costs at stores. I will definitely be making this! Thanks for sharing!!</p>
<p>I don't have a cat though I love the simplicity of this and the use of the head hole as the door. One of those 'I wish I had thought of that'. Cool</p>
<p>I had a little trouble making the sides &quot;smooth&quot; but Lenny seems happy with the results. Thanks for project instructions!</p>
<p>so easy and awesome. My cat is just so strange so we'll see if she ends up liking it. but it's adorable!! I couldn't resist a little campsite flag (: </p>
My Maximus waited patiently for me to make this!!
<p>that was fun!!</p>
<p>This is wonderful. Can't wait to build it. Thanks for including the floor size. To avoid a &quot;wonky&quot; floor; perhaps using a box with just the top trimmed off and padded with a cushion would work better. The sides of the trimmed box might add stability. Great project. </p>
<p>Loads of people have commented and said that worked really well! I think I may make my next one that way since both my kitties love boxes. :D</p>
<p>You should apply for the promotional DIY &quot;job&quot; on the Home and Family show on Hallmark Channel (one week on the show). This would be a great audition video and they love pet-related projects! I'm definitely going to make one for my 18-year-old cat who loves to go &quot;kitty camping&quot; under an afghan on my new sofa. The perfect way to get my sofa back!!</p>
I used a shallow box, cut the flaps off so they would fold flat and snugly against the inside walls of the box, bend ends of wire 90&deg;, then make an upward hook in the ends. the 90&deg; bends go in the corners with the hook parts each under a separate flap. You'll want to adjust the angle of the wire ends so they don't act like springs against the flaps.
Oh, and one hanger was a bit longer than the other, so I just wrapped it once around the other one to keep them from shifting. No wire cutters necessary.
<p>Thank you for sharing this. Great tutorial with lots of photos.</p>
Does this work for dogs?
Made without tape, glue, or wire cutters. Just a box with the flaps cut down to fit snugly inside box, and hangers that you bend a bit of each end on and put in corners and place excess wire behind flaps before you fold them in. towel inside for comfort. As soon as I finished it, I placed her in front of it, and she promptly slipped inside and took a several-hour nap.
Great idea!
I think mines is cute.. Thug life Tshirt is so cute?
<p>Thank you! I think, I'm going to make it as well!</p>
im going to make this✌
<p>She just loved it, was really inpatient while I was making the tent and then she started purring the second she put one of her paws inside :)</p>
<p>SkippyJon loves it! It's his new cave to plan sneak attacks. :-)</p>
<p>Hahah! Look at that sweet little face. Sure he's still an ankle-killing machine, though :D</p>
<p>so cute, he looks like a boss ha</p>
<p>Cool, here's our DIY project for the week-end, thanks a bunch!</p>
<p>We made it in 15-20 minutes. We put a box in the bottom instead of a sheet of cardboard - the box from the 24 pack of root beer bottles. We put some fleece in the bottom for her. It's the perfect size. She was napping upstairs. When she came down, she walked right over to it and climbed right in. </p>
<p>Awwww she looks so pleased :D</p>
<p>My little guy loves it! Thanks!!</p>
<p>Oh! How cute. :D</p>
My one eyed cat love it and sends her thanks.. :)<br>Thanks dor sharing..
<p>Oh yay! Hello one-eyed kitty :D</p>
<p>I love this Idea. I have an old cat and was getting a new kitten. I made one with the coat hangers but neither cat really liked it. I decided that I would try a metal framed lampshade (I took the fabric off) I had laying around to make one that was bigger than the first one. I had some big shirts, so I was confident one would fit around the larger frame. I cut a circle out of some cardboard for the bottom, and a smaller one for the top. I added some padding for a 2nd bed on the top (under the shirt). I used masking tape to hold the cardboard to the frame and used the same wrap and pin process. Both cats love it, and take turns sleeping in it. Thanks for the Instructable!</p>
<p>Really smart! I may have to start looking out for big old lampshade at the thrift stores :D</p>
<p>My little Ava loves this so much!</p><p>Thank you so much for this!!</p>
<p>Yay!! I'm happy she's happy :D</p>
Juni loves it!
<p>Looks pretty cozy in there. :D </p>
<p>Pretty Simple! </p>
<p>Great idea. Excellent directions. Wish I had a cat.</p>

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