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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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agis684 months ago

cute cat, lovely idea

dan_xb4 months ago

Lovely Cat!! Clever!!

bclamore4 months ago

Gooood human!

Karinsart4 months ago

So clever! You've got my vote :-)

duckiesrforme4 months ago
Ah I found you! I saw your work on tumblr about how to take good picture tips and I remember your cat!
Attmos4 months ago

This is really cool. You know, I recently saw something like this on the net made for rats, which I thought was cool. I was going to post something like this but I'm glad you did. I had a much grander, totally excessive method in mind. This is really cool and it's very obvious, lol, that they love it. The shirt neck hole is genius, its exactly what cats crave, especially because it smells like you. Anyway, very cool.

Also, and this is the wrong place to say this, I've been looking through the food section for new things to make; you make the Best food instructables.

Anyway, nice work!

Lilymars4 months ago

This is lovely! What a terrific idea: uses all those "free" hangers & naff T-shirts -keeps my cat occupied too! Very clever...

DrAmpuT4 months ago

Could be used to keep a guard kitty around for streaking out and attacking the neighbor's dog when they attack your kids! Nice, simple project.

klewis10 DrAmpuT4 months ago

You saw that too! That was pretty good!

Love this t shirt idea and the ability to be able to remove it and wash it.

bgartman DrAmpuT4 months ago

love this comment!

awesome comment

craftyv4 months ago

Great Instructable well done. Very creative, practical and fulfills all the "ethos" of Instructables. .Excellent.

abinc4 months ago

Our cats are too sophisticated to use a common tee-shirt house. However, they agreed that if I used my best dress shirt, they would condescend to use it -- when they are not lolling about on the bed.

bgartman4 months ago

fabulous!!! simple, original, and perfect!

marcioat4 months ago

Beautiful, I and my wife will create one for our kitty. Great job.

prakis4 months ago

Simple and Beautiful. All that I need now is a Cat.

selyasa4 months ago

Hi there,

I love the project and hope to make one too. Also, we have a Lynxpoint Siamese named Luna. Your kitty has beautiful eyes!


sniffydogs4 months ago

Love it! I think it would also be great for small dogs.

scroft14 months ago

Nice project. One of my 5 cats likes to hijack my wife's handbag and shopping bags, staying inside them for ages.
A plus for this project.. you can remove the T-Shirt and give it a wash.

Your cat is well cute..


boocat4 months ago

I love this

ROBBIE7774 months ago

Hello!! I am a Computer Hardware tech and I do a lot of mountain hiking! Simba, my cat, usually is near me when I'm working, or when I am getting ready to go up the Hill! Therefore it has become his refuge or ideal tent... He is now pondering how to make the roof!..Also..Is my helping hand!!! Awesome Instructable!! Best Regards

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Janolucero4 months ago

Awesome! If i have a cat in my new home for sure he have one of these!

CrystalDyes4 months ago

Way too cool! I'll probably need to use about a 5X T-shirt and really long wires. My 5 cats like to sleep in a pile (mom & 4 offspring). If one gets in it, they'll all want in! LOL

Lovely ! Suggest a once used t shirt - my cats love to rub up and sit on our not 100% clean clothing, guess our scent makes them feel good.

Kudos ! Will make at least two !

Johnkaye4 months ago

Brilliant project! If made with a white T shirt it will also make a great light tent for photographing small objects. Very nice design.

mantill Johnkaye4 months ago

good idea thank you lol

bunnylove994 months ago

Awesome idea!! BTW, your cat is absolutely adorable! Very, very, cute indeed.

jvaupel4 months ago

That's so clever, I love it! I am trying to figure out what I could use it for since we don't have cats....maybe a tent for monster high dolls or bionicles--the kids would love that. Thanks for sharing!

grangerknives4 months ago

Very clever, very creative, very cute. I enjoyed it very much!

Keep up the good work.

- Paul

supereric4 months ago

Absolutely brilliant.

I love this! I think my cat will too. Thanks!

Ps the kitty is really cute too.

this is so cool! imma use a xl shirt and a bigger piece of cardboard, so my cat can keep her kittens in there! thanks for the instructionable

homesteadcat4 months ago

WOW! What a great must be part cat. You understand what they want and need. You have a beautiful little furry baby...

kewpiedoll994 months ago

Totally dope. Gonna make some for our cats! Also love that your cat was in every photo. Great kitty!

sheripres4 months ago

This is GREAT! I also like that the first of the "what you'll need" - it is a cat! ha

My Cat will love this. Cats KNOW their owners clothes because of the scent, so this is purrrr-fect!

KnexFreek4 months ago
I love the creativity!! Great job
grapenut4 months ago

Awsome build. -as an added bonus, cats generaly seem to like cardboard (& paper bags).

msnygg4 months ago

Fantastic! I've got to do this today!

Bexx4 months ago


aa604 months ago

What a clever idea!

Recycling at its best.....

I hope you come up with more ideas to keep our cats happy.

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