Picture of DIY cat tent

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:

Picture of 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. :)
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Dahbou felipem86 months ago

Nice! Great idea using foam.

rawlsrk made it!6 months ago
Pretty easy to make, catnip helped.
marisiachody6 months ago

I LOVE this and going to try to make one right now. I'm a little worried about using safety pins, do you think fabric glue or even hot glue would work? Will keep you all posted as how it turned out.... keeping my fingers crossed, please do the same.... Thanks guys

smartmiltoys6 months ago

Brilliant!!! I was wondering how I could make my cats a house and it
helped a lot!! Got some guest in January and my cats are a bit too
unsociable and i think I need somewhere for them to hide! thank you very

My thought would be to make the corners of the cardboard rounded, so the shirt won't wear thin or get holes as quickly. :)

nea.miller6 months ago

these would also be nice, even if you don't have a cat, but lots of old t-shirts, to make and donate to an animal shelter....just sayin'

amyrose3236 months ago

Good DIY project, but don't do it with the cats around! They got in it right away, but also got out of it through the sleeves as well!

Must try this!! Need wire hangars though...

Whew! I though you were going to use the blue shirt which looked like it had the Epbot robot on it. Check out Epbot or CakeWrecks on FB. Same person does them.

bethdiamond made it!6 months ago

We had so much fun making these for Valentine's Day! Hopefully our cats will enjoy them.

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AllIDoIsFuss made it!6 months ago

I just finished this and even though my cats are pretty tall, one of them jumped right in. I was going to put some padding on the cardboard, but this one's a scratcher and so anything inside would get snagged on his claws, and that's no good. So, thanks for posting this, it was totally worth the effort. Who knows, I might have to make a second one for his brother. :D

SophiaY6 months ago

i want to do this to my dog too! ..although would she even bother

elke.britta6 months ago

super schnell gemacht!!klasse !!

kate.whorlow6 months ago

Great idea and it will save my fabric stash too (current cat bed if I don't stop her!) Also great place for her to hide from my kids when she needs her space :) It's not easy to get wire coat hangers here in the UK anymore - but I think I have some wire I can use instead (florist wire I think) so that will work really well too. Now, I wonder if I can make a human size one so I can hide from the kids too... ;)

salexa25 made it!6 months ago

I didn't have any safety pins, so I ended up using staples to affix the shirt to the cardboard (it was a cheap tee I was going to donate or toss anyway). My cat started trying to get in it before I'd even finished. Thanks for the clear instructions.

Databanks6 months ago

Simple but effective, purfect. I'm thinking one made with a baby's tshirt would be ideal for my rats when they're having play time on my bed. Might slow down the destruction of my blankets!

I made my cats one last night! They love it!! Thanks for the excellent instructions!

MarieB16 months ago

That is such a great idea. Definitely going to make one of these for our cat. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

This is the BEST! Can't wait ti try it!

This is the BEST! Can't wait to try it!

This is the BEST! Can't wait to try it!

jadario6 months ago
I love this idea, esp.if your cat is partial to a particular family member. Helpful hint: If you hit your local pizza shop and ask them for a pizza box, most will simply just give a single box, if you are not a regular, they may ask for 50 cents. but its worth it. you can make 2 :)
janet.vatcher6 months ago

I do not own a cat, but family members do so I will be sharing, I just wanted to say, I like the quilt on the bed!!! I am an avid OL LADY QUILTER so any quilts get noticed! This is a great idea, good job!

Also a quilter who noticed and liked the Quilt - It's Beautiful !

dnardo made it!6 months ago
Frida Box!
julie.sindora made it!1 year ago

Thank you for the clear instructions! I made one of these earlier using the box our Canidae cat food came in. It's just a little box with short sides which helps the stability of the setup. Also, you don't have to untwist the hook part, just cut it off. Then you also don't have to really straighten out the first crimp in the hanger because that's where you can bend once through the cardboard. That means you're just stuck with straightening out the main corners at either end of the hanger.


The cardboard tray is a good idea; I wonder if the ones I get when I buy canned cat food would work...

That's what I used. I buy in 12-packs of the tall cans.

Looks really good Julie, I like the cardboard tray you've used as it looks more stable.

kurnous34 made it!6 months ago
they love it!
studleylee6 months ago

Love This. I making some for my 10 furry brood. These are also great for rounding up very small kittens so the mamma can have a break. We had to hand raise 5 abandoned kittens who were only several days old and getting a tiny tent was key to keeping them together and warm.

Great idea! Instead of discarding, a large wire-frame lampshade, I plan to try a tunnel version covered with a cat themed sweatshirt. Small cup hooks and a wooden lap tray or old cutting board for a stable base (small buttonholes in shirt for easy removal to launder), a drawstring on the backside and a foam filled dish mat to sleep on. Now, off to my fav thrift store for the sweatshirt!

Wow - what a great idea!! I have two kitties that love to snuggle up in hidden places - they should love this. I can't wait to try this out - thanks for posting!!

scouter420 made it!7 months ago

I used an old wool sweater and pulled the arms inside out to make a soft bottom. All 3 cats are obsessed and I am currently making #2!

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Great idea makers! Think I'll have to try that. But not sure if my kitty will go for it. He's pretty particular about things. He likes to live large, gets claustrophobic and only likes the nests I make him on the bed. He likes those big too. :)

That's a really good idea too, except my cats tend to chew on wool...

combatTVgirl6 months ago

What an AWESOME AWESOME idea! Especially for places like animal shelters and foster families who always need extra little hidey-holes for kitties! Store-bought ones can be expensive but we've all got old t-shirts lying around, and everybody knows wire hangars breed and multiply, lol. I will be making and sharing!

Thank you so much for this lovely idea !

Dany from France - Aveyron

My cats Finn and O'Malley love it. They were already in it before I was finished with it.
realife117 months ago

Saw a segment on some show where they said that researchers discovered that the perfume 'obsession for men' makes cats go nuts over it, just like catnip.

So if you spritz it on this tent (if the cat is lukewarm about it), then the tent will be 'kitty's new best friend'.

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