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Making Our Cats A Tree House.

Discussion in 'Grooming & General Cat Care' started by Norachan, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Norachan

    Norachan Thread Starter Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    A little while ago someone gave us a pile of recycled timber. We decided to use some of it to make our cats a tree house.

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    We started with a basic square box. Planks of wood were screwed to thicker posts in the corners
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    We made a door on one side.
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    I wanted them to have a window, but I also wanted the tree house to be as weather proof as possible. I used a plastic picture frame to cover the window and keep the rain out.
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    Next came a roof.
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    Hiro trying it out for size.
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    He fits!
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    Next I filled any knot holes with wood filler and gave the whole thing a couple of coats of outdoor wood stain.
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    After that find a suitable tree and put up some support beams. TreeHouse15.jpg

    Once the tree house was up we realised it would be too easy for the cats to jump from the loft onto the fence, so we put up a few thinner pieces of wood to stop them from doing this. The ladder was also made from recycled wood. A cement block at the bottom stops the wood from getting damp and rotting.
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    Then I gave the whole thing another coat of wood stain.
    Little Boy tests the ladder. He's the heaviest cat we have, so if he can make it up and down it should be easy enough for the rest of them.
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    Carpet tries it out next. We filled the inside of the house with straw so they can nap inside comfortably.
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    And of course, no tree house would be complete without fairy lights.
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    Do you make things for your cats? I'd love to see some pictures.

    :heartshape:
     

  2. Draco

    Draco NOT Malfoy! Veteran

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    that is so awesome!! Your cats have quite the life!

    The work on the tree house is well constructed too, beautiful!
     

  3. Kieka

    Kieka Snowshoe Servant Staff Member Forum Helper

    That is truly an inspiring cat house. :heartshape:
     
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  4. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 TCS Member Top Cat

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    So beautiful -- a cat forest! Some lanterns would be beautiful somewhere around in there, too.
     
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  5. tinydestroyer

    tinydestroyer TCS Member Super Cat

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    That is so cool! What a great setup you've got going on!
     
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  6. neely

    neely TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I love everything about the tree house but the fairy lights are the creme de la creme! :thumbsup:
     
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  7. surya

    surya TCS Member Top Cat

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    Very cool!
     
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  8. MoochNNoodles

    MoochNNoodles Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Absolutely toooooo cool!! :rock:
     
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  9. Norachan

    Norachan Thread Starter Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Thank you everyone. It was a lot of fun making this. We still have plenty of timber left over, so I might make something else in the summer.

    Don't forget to post some pictures of your home made cat trees!

    :hyper:
     
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  10. foxxycat

    foxxycat TCS Member Top Cat

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    I love this idea!!! GREAT JOB! :cheerleader::heartshape::heartshape::heartshape:


    Haven't made anything outside for Miss Bee but your pictures are giving me some ideas..we have some trees out back that I could build something.
     
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  11. 2Cats4everLoved

    2Cats4everLoved TCS Member Top Cat

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    Wow, that's awesome. My girls would love those. For now they'll have to settle on cat shelves, still in the designing phase.
     
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  12. kitty chew

    kitty chew Kitty chew Adult Cat

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    That's fantastic! Your cats must love all that space to run around in. The tree house is a great idea. I wouldn't mind one myself! Here's a pic of the huge branch my husband just put in our cat run. Going to wrap some rope around it, so it is easy to climb on. Our kitties have a catio as well. They love to watch the birds, and chase insects in here. IMG_20180417_120729.jpg IMG_20180417_115456.jpg
     

  13. Norachan

    Norachan Thread Starter Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Wow, that's beautiful @kitty chew It looks very lush and tropical.

    Do you need to treat the wood with anything before you cover it with rope?
     
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  14. kitty chew

    kitty chew Kitty chew Adult Cat

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    @Norachan No, it's just an old gum tree. Only putting a few loops around so they can grab on to it.
     
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  15. di and bob

    di and bob TCS Member Top Cat

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    We are building a 40x24 enclosure for several raised beds and a place to let the cats come out to when we are gone for a few days. It will open from the shop so they have a place to get inside. I am looking at several plans for 'houses' and climbing areas to add too, this is a wonderful idea! It's funny Norachan, I recognized the cats first, and THEN I knew who wrote the thread!
     

  16. basscat

    basscat TCS Member Top Cat

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    That's AWESOME!
    Can I trade my plane tickets from here TO Mt. Fuji for a couple of tickets FROM Mt. Fuji to here? :lol: (I have tools)
     
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  17. basscat

    basscat TCS Member Top Cat

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  18. mazie

    mazie TCS Member Top Cat

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    That's a beautiful picture of your regal looking cat in that enclosure but sure would like to see more pictures of that enclosure. Like the others, looks very impressive. ;) thanks
     
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  19. basscat

    basscat TCS Member Top Cat

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  20. mazie

    mazie TCS Member Top Cat

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    Oh yeah, we have seen this posted before, thank you for the revealing of another "outdoors cat paradise"!, beautiful as it is functional and fun!! :)
    You all have such fun kitty playgrounds!
     

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