How to use shelves as cat trees

Written by faith mcgee
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Cats enjoying climbing up to high places to look out over their territory, get exercise and sleep in a safe place. In fact, your cat can build muscle tone when climbing up and down. Oftentimes, cats will make due with whatever furniture you have in your home to climb on, but some furniture can become damaged by their claws or get knocked down. It is important to give cats furniture that only they use. Cats are territorial creatures and thrive when they have their own space. Instead of purchasing an expensive cat tree, you can make your own with shelves.

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Things you need

  • Shelving
  • Hanging attachments
  • Carpet
  • Wood glue
  • Electric wall stud sensor
  • Drill
  • Toggle bolts
  • Cat nip

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    Measure the height of your ceiling. Decide where you want to set up your homemade cat tree. Cats enjoy looking outside and all around the room. You can set up a climbing tree near windows or in the corner of your home to keep it out of the way.

  2. 2

    Purchase shelving at your local hardware store. Buy different sizes of shelving, so that they act as steps for the cat to get to the top. Make sure that your shelving has all the proper hanging attachments.

  3. 3

    Use leftover carpet or carpet segments for covering your cat tree. You can buy remnants at a carpet store or ask if they have any extra pieces in the back. Place the shelve face down on the backside of the carpet. Cut the fabric, so that it covers both the top and bottom of the shelf.

  4. 4

    Glue the carpet to the wood shelving with a strong glue like wood glue. Cut out small holes the size of your hanging attachments in the back of the shelf.

  5. 5

    Run an electronic wall stud sensor over the back of the wall to locate your wall studs. Drill two holes for each step into the wall studs and insert a toggle bolt. Hang the shelving up and allow enough room for your cat to be able to step up to the shelving to the top.

Tips and warnings

  • Sprinkle cat nip on your cat tree to encourage your cat to use its new climbing place.
  • Avoid making your cat tree too tall if you have wood floors. Contrary to popular belief, cats do not always land on their feet.

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