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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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Fikjast Scott4 months ago

very nice

Sootsprites4 months ago

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

ttowngirl4 months 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!
ttowngirl4 months ago
Your cat tent and cute white kitty are awesome :) kitten is going to love this! And so easy!
sundiy4 months ago
My cats would love this!!
TMarizzle made it!4 months 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.

cuantascacas5 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!

LesB made it!5 months ago

My handiwork isn't as neat as yours, but Kitten Kaboodle loves his new house.

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grahamhogg975 months ago

would this work with rabbits as well. I have two

v-sev5 months ago

I think I may try one of these, I have three cats. In age Fathead, a male, and two females, a calico, Patches and a blind girl, Miss Kitty. I think Miss Kitty will like this hideaway, because she likes places where she feels snug and safe.

The reason I posted was when reading the instruction I thought of using Fiberboard like I got at the craft store for a quilting storage project, It is about 1 half inch thick and firm. but two pieces fastened together may make a nice base that wouldn't get mushy if it got wet. These come in two sizes, 18'XABOUT 24' and about 20 or 24" by about 36".

Dont really remember exactly the size, but know I needed two 18" squares to make a large storage envelope for my quilt squares, after making 2 15" storage envelopes and an 16" one from the smaller sizes and finding the quilt I was working on needed the larger envelope. (Anyone interested, I will tell where I learned how to make these and how the lady's instructions.). I have also cut to size and covered these with fabric and used them in the bottoms of tote bags I made, for solid, flat, removable bottoms. Think I may use these when I again make boxes for storage, Didn't think of the Fiberboard when I recently made boxes to store my sewing and craft pattern envelopes,

Sorry for being so wordy, I do always remember a lot when I start to post anything, so kept on because all is positive and maybe informative,

emtsevilla5 months ago

i love how your cat is just like "jesus when are you gonna finish this?!" in some of the photos. brilliant instructable BTW.

ltirado made it!5 months ago

I built this for the king and he loves it. I even went so far as to make it from a Celtics shirt, the king loves his Celtics.

Iamtherealzim made it!6 months ago

I saw this and loved it! I used PEX tubing instead of the coat hangers though. I put 2" machine screws through the corners and then put the tube over the screws. I thought this would allow a bit more flexing when one cat attacks another through the side of the shirt! ^_^ Thanks for posting this!


Could you maybe take a picture of your structure? I'm really interested!

Here are some pictures of how I made my "cat tent". The screw in the corner is just there for the Pex tube to slide over, and then the tape holds it in place. I'm thinking of putting a screw and acorn nut (so it doesn't poke the cat or the shirt) in the middle since my cat likes to chew the tape that holds the two tubes together. :)

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lcsavi5 months ago

This is great! I've just made one -- it's like a magnet for cats!

anatroccolo made it!5 months ago

I couldn't wait for my husband to come home and help me with cutting the wires so my tent is a bit askew, but still I like it a lot! Don't know if Mr Peabody is going to use it, I put a little treat in the tent, let's see if it works.

anatroccolo5 months ago

Love this project and as I have everything in the house I'm gonna make it for my cat. He's already thanking you! ^_^

prickly vegan6 months ago

Oh, your cats rock! Love the pictures. Thank goodness they were there to supervise you. ;P
I will definitely try this for my kind overlords. Thanks!

Rider Girl6 months ago
Great! I like the idea that u r using an old t-shirt :D
taspiaw made it!6 months ago

My kitty's a little too big for my luxury cat hotel but nevertheless, he will hide in there. Great 'tible!

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renelle67 taspiaw6 months ago

Maybe you could use 4 hangers and twist 2 each together and use an XL tshirt.

ccooper-burke6 months ago

Hmph. I may make one for myself! I'm a night owl, & read lying on my tummy, & while my hubby doesn't want me to leave the room (says he can't sleep, if I'm not there - how sweet is that?!?), I know my backlight (phone or tablet) isn't helping him sleep, either. I've tried reading under the blankets, but then I get too hot/claustrophobic. But, if I made this out of a nice, heavy weight t shirt, I could peek in through the neck & just cut a hole for my hand, to flip the pages &/or post, like this! Thank you!

Frmeyers6 months ago
Great idea. Your photos and notes are very clear and understandable.

Will be making two. Not sure how helpful my girls will be.

They usually lay down nearby to watch, supervise and critique.

I blame it all on the Egyptian for elevating them to gods.
tanders0104 made it!6 months ago
It only took me about 20 minutes to build. Now I just need my cat to use it. Oh but let a grocery bag hit the floor or anything else you don't want him in he's all over it.
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I have the same problem with my cats. Anything that could be imagined for a cat is not interesting enough for mine. Elvis refuses to use anything I buy him... except for food! Elvis lays on the treadmill (it doesn't get much use, lol). The picture below is of Ebony who needs her own chair to lay on... with soft blankets.


If your kitty likes catnip, maybe try putting a little inside!?

foobear6 months ago

pure smart + art == you

jsndvn made it!6 months ago

Great idea, thank you - our (cat loves it.

Not exactly award-winning construction on my part, but I'll be redoing it once I get a chance, now that I know it's something she likes. We're moving home in a couple of weeks and this is coming with us to help her settle in and feel less stressed.


Paige Russell6 months ago

Such a great idea Jessy!

KROKKENOSTER6 months ago

For the cat people a good place for "Madam et Misieur"

HollyMann6 months ago


kcox146 months ago

Great instructable!! I've used the same concept, but with plastic, for an indoor "paint booth" for spray-painting model cars, etc., when it's too cold outside. This is a great way to re-purpose it after I don't need it anymore.

chabias6 months ago

OMG...Thanks for this! I buy the "cubicles" for cats at WM, and my bad cat, also named Luna (and my avatar), has tears in them in minutes. I have an abundance of metal hangers and t-shirts. She'll be in her glory!

genne6 months ago

I love your very sweet cat! A+ Instructable.

Great idea, and a well done Instructable! You have an awesome kitty too!

kodiwoedee6 months ago
A purrfect instructable & a Beautiful kitty!
hammer98766 months ago

One of the reasons I hate throwing away wire hangers. And old t-shirts.
Congrats on being featured!

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