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>Very easy and my cat was in it the whole day !</p>
<p>Wonderful idea- my cat wanted to help at lot, could not wait until I pinned the loose material, but jumped in straight away! He then tried to demolish it (he is big), but it is still in one piece and finished with safety pins. Had trouble with the arches - mine are uneven, but cat does not mind. Also used plastic base which is stronger. This is the first totally complete finished instructable that I have made!. money saver plus hidey hole for my cat. CONGRATULATIONS!</p>
<p>Cool idea. I want to make one as a gift, but I can't find wire hangers. Is there a store that still sells them?</p>
<p>I always find them at the dollar store! You can also try your local dry cleaner - sometimes they have extras. </p>
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<p>I made one for my male cat. Mainly because he is too much of a gentlecat that he lets my female cat takes everything that belongs to him. And guess what? The tent is too small for him. lol Now my female cat is taking it as well. Thanks for the tutorial :)</p>
<p>Make another one, for him!</p>
<p>What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!</p>
Awesome idea! Thanks!
<p>Very cool idea! I'll have to make several for all of our cats. I'm sure at least some of them will like them.</p>
<p>My little guy loves it! Thanks!!</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>
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<p>I made it! My kitty Birdy loves it. We'll see how long it last with a young rambunctious boy cat. Thanks for the idea! </p>
<p>This was so easy and my cats love it. </p>
<p>Straight inside! Thanks for the idea! :)</p>
<p>Thanx! My cat, Zoey, will be sooo excited for this!</p>
<p>Your kitty is so beautiful -nice to see her treated so well. I just adopted a new one today so she will appreciate this idea as well. Thank you.</p>
<p>What an awesome idea! I have everything I need to make one for each cat! </p>
<p>Love it!</p>
<p>okay, now this is awesome!</p>
<p>OMG in a huge closet full of clothes, I had only one wire hanger. I used a cheap plastic crate meant for file folders, a Firefly t-shirt XL, five safety pins, and a cat mat from the 99-cent store that my cats ignore. Below is a pic of my 13-pound Joseph 10 seconds after I set it up.</p>
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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>I think it may be the law in your zip code that cats ignore custom furniture. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. That said, I'll take the risk and make a tent or tents for my own two cats. Hmm.</p>
<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>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>
<p>Tell he's how your horse likes it. Plus, locoweed vs. catnip? And fill the tent bed with straw? And maybe make it a double so his pony friend can sleep over? Oh, how I wonder. </p>
<p>Lyra loves it. We added a door for her own privacy!</p>
<p>The door is a darling idea.</p>
Awesome name, its my daughter's too! :)
<p>Love this project! I'm so glad your kitty was there to guide you through it!</p>
<p>I made it but with a few changes. First, I took an Amazon box with high sides big enough for my kitty, <br>cut out a 6&quot; round hole in the side, and cut off the flaps. Then I took <br>the two repurposed hangers, cut off the hooks, straightened them, and <br>inserted one end down the box corrugation at one corner, and the other <br>end down the corrugation at the opposite corner. Ditto for second hanger<br> on the two remaining opposing corners. Then I took a third hanger, <br>straightened it, and bent it into a big long hairpin loop. The ends of <br>this I inserted into the corrugation opposite the entry hole, then bent <br>it over my arm and down to the floor level of the box. This was so I'd <br>have a tent(T-shirt) flap open over the floor in the back, and once I <br>threaded an old T-shirt over the whole the open flap in the back<br> is positioned over a floor register. Now I have a heated cat tent! <br>Oh, and a towel inside for padding. Took <br>me ten minutes from start to finish:-)</p>
I made two. Quick, easy project and I have some happy kitties.
<p>i made it and my cats love it</p>
<p>i made this it was awesome</p>
<p>I made one of these from a shirt I didn't really like&hellip;but my cats do. Easy job and a cheap treat for the cats. It is amazing that fifteen pound cat can go in and almost disappear&hellip;only to stick his nose out later.</p>
She love it! I put a cat toy ball thing inside and she plays with ot for hours then sleeps in sode ot afterwards.
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.

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