Making Our Cats A Tree House.

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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.
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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.

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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.View attachment 227055

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.
View attachment 227057

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

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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.
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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!
 

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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!
 

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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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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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