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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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mgress1 made it!27 days ago

Great Instructable, Thanks! a couple changes I made was using backing board from an old entertainment center for the base, lots stronger than cardboard but just as thick with a little weight to make it harder to roll. (Cat doing 80 flying into it will have it rolling like a beach ball) also used the tucked in sleeves for covert catnip storage. they can smell it, just don't see it...a toy on a string taped in where the coat hangers cross at the top is an add on for the next one I make.

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I am going to put a couple of these together for my 4 kitty babies tomorrow, so cute! thanks

Great idea, have a few grand kitties going to try this. I might put twist ties at the cross of the wires on the top then put a bit of tape to secure their position. Might try one also with a large shirt and increase the cardboard for one of the huge cats. Thanks for the inspiration.

rjamieson1 month ago
this could be made with an old sweatshirt or pullover sweater. ;-)

I would leave the sleeves untucked and they would have "secret" exits.

I would leave the sleeves untucked and they would have "secret" exits.

Thx for the tutorial. Shall use the same technique but use net and make it to cover food, plants, fruits, etc. Thanx again!

Puzzledd1 month ago

NICE 'ible, thanks! I also like the suggestion of wearing the T-shirt first - this could be good for when we cat-sit ;)

linda.aman21 month ago

I don't have a kitty anymore for he died but I have a little puppy who likes to sleep under the covers I will make him one of these

SalbaheJim1 month ago

I'm going to make one and put it under the Christmas Tree for my cat.

jholiverjr11 month ago

Thank you, Jessy, the idea rocks and so does your thorough and cute documentation. I have 6 cats, so buying one for each was outta the question. Now we can have a hidey-house for everyone!

I'd love to make a few more of these and bring them to the animal shelters.

Mines not as pretty, but she likes it, and it didn't take too long or cost a lot so I'm happy :D! Thanks for the idea!
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my cat loves hers took me 10 min. but did it!! Thank you!!!!

If you plan on going away for a trip, wear the shirt for a day first! That way kitty has something with your "smell" to keep them a little less stressed.

Great idea about the smell to keep them less stressed :)

jjbt40331 month ago

Thank you so much for the clear instructions, Being the owner of an animal rescue, these will be awesome for our furbabies until they find furever homes, and maybe take them with them to their new homes :)

fiona.bowden.58 made it!1 month ago

Thanks for the idea & the instructions, it was super easy & I made it in under 20 min, now to see if the cat actually decides to use it instead of my computer chair....

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SusanM61 month ago

What a great idea....I think I am going to make my two kitties very happy this Christmas. Thanks for the instructions...very well done. =)

My daughter asked me to watch for a cheap cat bed because her cat hides in the closet from all noises, people, etc. We don't know if the cat would use such a thing so I didn't want to spend much on the idea. Now I won't have to. Thank you so much!

Harpcat1011 month ago

I LOVE this idea....we have 4 cats and this would be great for them. I'm anxious to make a couple.

I made one!! I think my other furry friends might like one too!

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This is really cute, I can't wait to go through my old tee shirts to make a couple of them. I'll post a photo afterwards, Thanks for the idea....!

Get out of town.

daisy_kay171 month ago
Soo cute
daisy_kay171 month ago
I saw this on Pinterest
purpleg made it!5 months ago

Thanks very much for the the instructions! Made one (a variation actually) a while ago. Now the cats are fighting over it :(

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Never would have thought of an old pizza box till I saw this picture, great for insulation in the box of cloth, foam, etc. for my outside cat.

You could also use a piece of actual foam insulation. At the big box stores you can get smaller pieces or folded foil bubble wrap looking insulation. Don't have to worry about moisture then.

Make another! :P

carrieamorris1969 made it!1 month ago

I just finished making this for my kitty. I fought with the masking tape and the hangers under the cardboard and ended up zip tying them to keep them secure. Also used duct tape to make sure the hanger ends would stay secure.

I also made a quickie fleece pillow to put inside of it so she'd be more comfy (she loves to nap on fleece)

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davidbarcomb2 months ago

Simple and easy to make. This is very nice

donnanursing2 months ago

This is so cute and easy to make. I am going to try to make it for my cat Tory.

This would be purfect for a cat! I HAVE to do this! Thank you for doing this!

Wow!! What a fun idea!!!!

PurplePassion1 made it!2 months ago

I just threw it together to see if I could do it, I'm going to make another one! Thanks for the idea :)

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BarrieM2 months ago

This is soooo WAY COOL! Most of my kitties will LOVE this, and it will give them EACH their own little house! Thanks to posting this! Soo simple, and easy! I have ALL the items needed to make at least 4 of these right now! Thanks again, and your kitty is beautiful!

Thank you for the great tutorial!!!
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