The Survivalist's Cat Tree

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Introduction: The Survivalist's Cat Tree

About: I made a beer mug with only a knife and a hatchet. I think that says a lot about me.

You're an outdoor guy or girl?
You're looking for a good excuse to do some outdoor stuff at home?
You're having a cat?
Welcome in my world!

In this i'ble I'll show you how to make a tree for your loved kitty. It's great fun to make and kitty will love it, believe me!

Step 1: Make the Structure

Choose a branch, exit leaves and build a structure - I had the chance to find a small dead olive tree.
Cats like high-altitude-platforms, so I decided to create a small platform in the top of the fork.
If you don't already have three points to make a solid one you'll have to invent a third branch.
Some rope.
Some bamboo.
Some basic shelter building skills.
And ready is your basic structure.
Keyword: TENSION. Use the shape the tree is giving you and use small pieces of bamboo to set pressure.

Step 2: Weave the Platform

Once you have the basic triangle you can fill it by weaving a net in the inside.
TENSION, again.

Step 3: Make It Soft

Got a piece of cloth? Use it to cover the platform opan robinson style.
Simple, nice, lowcost.

Our cats love their new toy. They're using it to take sunbaths because it stays outside...

Thanx for whatching!

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    10 Discussions

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    syoung35
    syoung35

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much for this instructable i just finished making this my cats LOVE it the only reason they get off of it is to go to the litter and eat!

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    bartworker
    bartworker

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you syoung! I'm so pleased that your hairbalproducing friends love it - that's why Instructibles is for!!!

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    jmunzo
    jmunzo

    3 years ago

    Well done. How is the tree secured at the base?

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    bartworker
    bartworker

    Reply 3 years ago

    I can't remember well how I did, but I think it was just put in a heavy flower pot with a lot of pebbles or gravel around. If you want it more esthetic you can always hack a cast iron base of a parasol. Good luck!

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    ienstad
    ienstad

    5 years ago

    I really love this design and would love to build it but I must be missing something. How do you stand it up?

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    bartworker
    bartworker

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanx! I put it in a flower pot with a lot of stones, but best is to build a kind of tripod for it - opan christmass tree style!

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    freeza36
    freeza36

    7 years ago on Introduction

    My friend and I made something similar to this for his cornsnake to climb on. Great job!