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PVC Cat Hammock with Toys

In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a PVC Cat Hammock (cat bed) with toys.

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My son's cat is very loveable and will make friends with anybody, but I felt that he is a little deprived in the comfort department. He is an outside cat and usually spends his time relaxing by stretching out on our front porch.

So I wanted to make him a simple hammock with a couple play toys for his enjoyment.

The hammock is very simple to construct. I used all 1/2 inch PVC. I will list the needed materials in the description:

Pipe:

14.5”x1

12”x4

6”x5

3”x1

2”x2

1.5”x3

Connectors:

Corner x 4

T’s x 3

90-degree x 2

45-degree x 1

Optional:

PVC cement

FRAME

The structure is simple but there are several pieces that need to be in the correct position.

I first connected the side 12” pipes and the corner pieces. The 14.5” pipe is then attached to a T connector and a 1.5” pipe for the front of the frame. The back uses a 12” pipe with a T and a 1.5” pipe on each side. You can then add the 6” leg pipes.

For the hammock’s material, I cut the leg off one of my old sweat pants. You can use almost any sturdy fabric. The fabric should be a little wider than the frame on all sides. This allows you to wrap it over the pipe to secure it in place. I attached the fabric at the corners of the frame with safety pins, so that the cat would sink into the middle comfortably. I also added a pin on each side for added support, but the fabric was left loose. And since we used safety pins, it can be removed easily for washing.

TOY1

To add some enjoyment, I wanted a spinning cylinder attached to the PVC. I originally thought of gluing some rope to a 1-inch PVC pipe which will work, but while at the local dollar store, found these great paint rollers. They are covered in a sturdy and yet soft fabric. The center is a hard plastic which will spin freely on the PVC. And since they are only a dollar apiece, I got an extra one for future replacement.

To connect the first toy, you will need two 2” pipes, two elbows, and a 12” pipe. They attach to the frame side with the 2 T’s. Do not glue these connections so you can wash or replace the rollers.

TOY2

For a second toy, I first added a 6” pipe for an extension arm with a 45-degree elbow and 3” pipe so I could attach the “mouse on a sting” toy. It dangles to one side of the bed. It is simple and yet effective. You can always adjust the length of the PVC to add any toy you would like.

And there you have it, a great cat hammock that any cat would enjoy.

It did take a couple of days for our cat to find it appealing, so you may need to introduce your cats to it slowly. We used a little food to help with the introduction. After a while you will find your cat lounging in its new hammock.

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<p>What a great idea! I'll have to try that for my kitten. She might enjoy something like that. Good job! </p>
Thank you
Oh my goodness! Too cute;)
Thank you
<p>If you love something or someone,don't expose them to close contact with PVC.</p>
<p>You might be surprised to find that a lot of plumbing uses PVC.</p>
<p>I'm not surprised at all. It's used quite a bit because it's cheap. I shouldn't be so, but the U.S. hasn't started phasing it our as they have in European countries. Old buildings used to be constructed with materials containing asbestos, but consumers woke up to its dangers and now new construction may not use it.</p>
<p>What an awesome idea!! Never thought of a paint roller as a toy, but I'm sure the cats enjoy the spinning action.</p>
Thank you, I discovered it by chance or I would not have thought of it either.
<p>Looks nice, well done! I'd only replaced pins with something safer. xx Nat</p>

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