If you have a cat, you should acquire a cat tree for it. But there are times when your budget is running thin and you can’t spare enough money to buy one. There is no need to worry. The good news is you can make your own! This is an inexpensive way because most of the materials can be found in your backyard. You can truly save a lot if you just make one for your cat.
The first thing to think about when making a cat tree is the design. Would you like it to have two tiers? Or three tiers? You are the boss when it comes to the design. One of the good things about creating your own is that you can decide on its particulars. Personalize it to suit your cat’s unique identity. Make your creative juices running. Opt for a shade that you and your cat like. By having a first-hand input on the design, the bond between you and your pet will become stronger. While doing the design, it should not be too big or too small for the place where you intend to put the cat tree. Designing it is very important because you want to make your pet feel that it is well-cared for. The design that you are doing is not just for anybody; bear in mind that it is for your own cat. So bring out your originality!
Next, study the design and examine it well. Consider what kind of exercise your cat needs and whether your cat tree can provide this. Bear in mind that even though the design looks attractive, if it is not functional, then you are just wasting time. The layers of the cat climber should have a height that will make the cat jump high enough for exercise but not too steep that it will endanger the cat. The scratching post is a must in a cat tree because this is where your cat will be scratching. Your cat may fancy other furniture in the house to scratch on if you will not build it a scratch post. The cat furniture is as much as a relaxation place for your cat as it is a gym. A place to laze about should be available. A cat tree, after all, must be a fun place as well as a resting spot for your cat.
After analyzing the design, know the materials that you are going to need. These are the most basic materials but you can add some more depending on your design.
· Fake fur or pieces of carpet
· Cylindrical boxes or carpet tubes
· Screws used for wood
· Common Nails
· Scrap lumber
· Scrap plywood
· Sisal rope for the scratch post
· Sono-tube (used to make perches)
· Pet toys
The materials you have just read can be acquired for a small cost. You may even acquire them for free if you already have them in your own stock room or backyard. The carpet tubes can be bought at a carpet warehouse near you. Sometimes, they even give these for free because most of them regard these as trash.
Then, you need to get and ready your tools. Hammer, drill, screw driver, saw, pencil, glue gun, wood glue, and tape measure are the tools that you will use. Once these are prepared, you are ready to build your cat tree.
Begin constructing at the base. Create the posts next. Attach the foundation and the posts together. Put the perches into position then secure them with nails or wood glue. Twist the sisal rope around a post to create a scratching post. Select the toys that you want to add to the cat tree then attach them where you want them to hang.
Inspect if your cat tree is not dangerous before you have your cat use it. Eliminate any splinter of wood, nails or pointed things that can cause injury to your pet. Then, put some catnip so that your cat will be drawn to come to the cat tree.
It may take around 5-7 days to create one cat climber. You carpentry skills as well as your timetable are the real factors to look at when it comes to time. Your cat will love you even more as its master once you accomplish building the cat tree.