Cardboard Cat Igloo House

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With the help of my cat Yoko, here is how to create a wonderfull cardboard cat house.

I'm sure your cats will enjoy it very much as mine.

Step 1: What Do You Need

  1. A lot of cardboard (large enough)
  2. A pencil
  3. A compass
  4. Paper glue (one that is non toxic)
  5. A cutter
  6. A measuring tool (meter)

Note that if you don't have a large enough compass (for the biggest diameters about 50 cm) you may use a homemade tool with a piece of wood, your pencil, a screw or a nail and two clamps. See the photo.

Step 2: Draw and Cut

The PDF is the table of measurements for cardboard cat house (in english and french). For each layer you will have the outer diameter and for certain layers you will also have the inner diameter and the opening.

Draw and cut all the pieces.

Don't forget to write the number of each piece so you can put them together more easily.

Step 3: Check

Before the assembly, check your work.

Step 4: Glue

Glue all the pieces together in the right order : 1, 2, 3, 4, ...

Leave to dry for at least 24 hours. You may put some weight on it to be sure having a good contact between pieces.

Step 5: Cat Checking Your Work

Present your work to your cat.

He will be delighted.

Step 6: Conclusion

I hope many cats will be happy with this instructable.

Sorry if there are mistakes, english is not my mother tongue.

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3 People Made This Project!

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moonroxx

6 months ago

this is FABulous. i think you've solved a mind-problem i've been mulling for YEARS, literally. it's not the only solution but this is a great innovative design idea using one of my favorite materials--CARDBOARD ! i'm think i'd like to make a bunch of these & donate to the local shelter & Companion Animal Foundation as fundraising items. I want to start an outside-cardboard-shelter project for feral cats & others who need shelters; they just need to be waterproofed. Cardboard is one of the most underappreciated resources we have and it needs to be exploited in an innovative & appreciative way and you've certainly found one of the ways. Congratulations & Thank You.

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dudus

6 months ago

Ahh your cat looks so happy and cosy in there (I wish I was a cat!)

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horestis

1 year ago

The cats probably love to scratch on the outside too! Love this!

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joepool2003

1 year ago

just got two new tiny kittens yesterday, I am definately going to make this for them :)

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sbrown9578

2 years ago

I know exactly how my cats would use this. They would claw the outside of it until it was completely shredded. I got them that toy that has the ball that rolls around inside a track and the center had a cardboard piece for scratching. The cardboard lasted exactly one day. LOL I would like to try this but I think maybe I will put some cloth on the outside of it and lacquer this inside maybe. I do think this is ingenious though. Love it when people use stuff that usually ends up in the landfill. Great job.

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miniilsbrown9578

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks for your comment :)
Maybe you could do this in wood :)

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Dwargh

2 years ago

Thank you! Nice i'ble! Gonna try that sometime...

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Jada Durby

2 years ago

This is so cute. <3 I think it would be awesome for a bird too!

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miniil

2 years ago

I'm so happy to win this contest with my cat.
Thanks to all of you who voted for me :)

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Canvas of Dreams

2 years ago

This is so cute !!! Very neat build :) Thanks for sharing :)

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rjkorn

2 years ago

Wild.... A cat house and scratch pad too...

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miniilrjkorn

Reply 2 years ago

Yes it can be a sratch pad too. My cat don't use it like that he prefere the sofa LOL :)

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miniilmakemyclay

Reply 2 years ago

My cat? Sure :)
Yes the cardboard Igloo is cute too :)
Thanks for your comment.

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hughgoh

2 years ago

Thats a great idea. I love our cats,and I'm sure they will love this too

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tiniwesa

2 years ago

This is great, miniil! Our cats love cardboard & I have to frequently buy new scratchers, loungers, cubbies, etc. With this Instructable, I can use all my old Amazon Prime boxes to make them instead of buying, hurray! Definitely one of the best "upcyling" projects for cats I've seen here so of course you get my vote! Nous aimons nos chats! ?

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miniiltiniwesa

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks for your great comment tiniwesa.
Your love for your cat is all you need with cardboard to do this project.
Kisses to your cats :)