Guide to building you own Cat Trees!
Building your own is pretty simple. I won't go into the details of actually building one as there are lots of tutorials online. Here's one for a simple design: Link.
What I would like to stress is how to do this cheap and creatively. First cheap because this is RFD:
Don't buy wood, use scrap wood that everybody has lying around... don't have any, go ask around. Still can't find any... use old furniture. I did. I took an Ikea shelving unit, bought few extra legs & shelves and added some carpet and this is the result:
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The reason why I wanted multi levels is because one of my cats can't jump very high... the other easily can get to the top in two jumps. I have since made a few modifications like adding scratching posts and hiding areas.
Now I know what you're thinking... that thing looks horrible and it takes up too much room... well, you can go to hell! Just kidding, I wanted something tall, sturdy and easy to disassemble (in case I move). It fits the bill. Also the total cost of this build was a mere $40 (for box cutter, staples, sisal rope, additional legs and shelves). I didn't mention carpet in the cost because I got that free from a friend who was converting to hardwood at the time. This is an expense that you shouldn't have to pay either. Keep your eyes peeled on friends, family and neighbors who are renovating.
Now for the creative. Cat trees are clearly not designed to match someone decor... but that doesn't mean you cat can't have a cat tree. Here are a few examples which try to blend the cat tree with their decor:
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So what are your cost saving and/or creative ideas? If you've built you own cat tree, then post them as well as any tips and hints.