How to build your own cat tree with real trees

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How to build your own cat tree with real trees
You can make a real tree experience inside for your kitty (Wildcat image by dimis from

Cats love climbing and playing in trees. It is their natural disposition to reside high off the ground; cats in the wild use this method to stalk their prey. If you have an indoor cat, you may be wary of letting them outside to play in trees. You can bring the outside in by building a cat tree from real tree branches.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Tree branches
  • Neem oil or cat nip oil
  • Scrap plywood
  • Medium or large bucket
  • Saw
  • 1-1/2 inch wood screws (at least 6)
  • Carpet scraps or old rugs
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Search for tree branches. Make sure they are around 2 inches in diameter and sturdy enough to bear the weight of your cat and small platforms.

  2. 2

    Prevent bugs from getting into your home by using neem oil or catnip oil. Take a rag and wash the branches down in oil. Allow them to dry, and then repeat several times.

  3. 3

    Use a medium or large sized bucket to mix concrete. Make sure you make enough concrete to fill the bucket.

  4. 4

    Place your largest branch into the centre of the bucket. Arrange your other branches around the centre branch. Place them close enough where your cat will be able to climb easily between the branches. Allow the concrete to set completely.

  5. 5

    Measure three pieces of scrap plywood. They should be 22 inches long and 12 inches wide.

  6. 6

    Place the platforms at various levels on the branches. Screw the platforms into the branches using the 1-1/2 inch wood screws.

  7. 7

    Leave your platforms uncovered for your cats to use as a scratching post. You can cover them with carpet scraps or bits of old rugs. Use glue to apply the carpet to the platform.

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