Your cat loves looking out windows. It keeps her connected to the outside world and provides a certain entertainment experience. Building him a window perch is a way to keep him occupied, and can also provide a comfortable spot for a cat nap. Although most window perches require screws, you can build one without using hardware that will damage your walls or window sills. This perch is designed to be 24 inches in width, if your window sill is not at least 24 inches wide, you will have to adjust the width measurements of pipe and fabric to fit within your window. This perch is designed for double-hung windows. Your window sill should ideally be at least 3 inches deep.
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Things you need
- 2 PVC pipes, 1 inch by 12 inches
- 2 PVC pipes, 1 inch by 24 inches
- 2 PVC pipes, 1 inch by 8 inches
- 2 PVC pipes, 1 inch by (12 inches minus length of sill) (bottom legs)
- 4 PVC 90 degree connectors, 1 inch
- 2 PVC 3-way connectors, 1 inch
- 2 rubber stops or PVC caps, 1 inch
- Fleece or other heavier fabric, 12 inches by 30 inches
- Sewing machine or strong no-sew adhesive (either iron-on tape or adhesive)
Fold two ends of your fleece (or other heavy fabric) to make it 12 inches by 24 inches. Sew folds or use adhesive along the folded-under edge. The openings should be at least 1.5 inches in diameter to fit the PVC pipe through.
Measure the 'flat' part of your window sill. This is the area the perch will rest on. Subtract the length of your sill (in inches) from 12 inches (the length of your perch) to get the length of the bottom legs.
Connect the two 12-inch sections of pipe to either end of one 24-inch section using a 3-way connector.
Connect the 8-inch sections of pipe to the open ends of the 3-way connector, and place the 90-degree connectors at the other ends of the 8-inch sections. Connect the two bottom leg sections to the open ends of 90-degree connectors.
Slide the open ends of your fabric over the 12-inch PVC pipes to create the hammock, or perch. Be sure to have the folds on the bottom for a clean look.
Place the remaining two 90-degree connectors on both 12-inch pieces of PVC pipe. Attach the remaining 24-inch piece of PVC pipe to these connectors.
Place PVC caps or rubber feet on the bottom legs. The bottom legs will rest against the wall, the caps will protect against scratching.
Place your cat's perch in the window sill. Rest the capped legs on the wall, and use your hand to put pressure on the hammock. Your hammock should rest against the wall, and not tip over. Once you have tested the strength of your hammock/perch, consider placing a catnip toy or spraying it with sprayable catnip to get your cat interested.
Tips and warnings
- It may be less expensive to buy one PVC pipe, 1 inch by 10 feet, then have it cut down to the sizes needed. There will be leftover pieces.
- Use a PVC glue/cement to enhance the strength of your window perch. Do not glue the 'front' 90-degree connectors to the 12 -nch sections so that you may remove this part to slide the fabric off. This allows you to wash the fabric when needed. If you do not have double-hung windows, you may need to use a hardware-based window perch.
- Paint the PVC for a more finished look. To paint the PVC, clean it thoroughly, and use a sandpaper to create a slightly rough surface for the paint to adhere to. Ask your local hardware store for the proper paint and/or primer. Let the paint dry completely before assembling your perch.
- Always test the strength of your hammock/perch. Use your hands to put significant pressure at different locations on the perch. Make sure your pipes and connectors are securely attached to prevent pipe slippage; if any connections seem loose, apply PVC glue/cement to strengthen the connections.
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