How to Build a Cat Tree

How to Build a Cat Tree

Cats are generally more agile as compared to dogs, and will always end up somewhere in an elevated space in the house. As a result, it is only wise to get your furry friend a cat tree.

‘Get’ in this case does not necessarily mean that you rush to the store and buy an already setup cat tree. It takes a few steps using the help of a few equipment to make a cat tree out of wood.

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Today we look and how to build a cat tree and why it’s important to have one.

Step 1: Come Up With a Plan

A well thought-out cat tree plan is important in a number of ways. Firstly, it ensures that you are able to budget aptly according to what you want to build.

Two, it acts as a blueprint of how each piece of wood will fit on the tree. It also acts as a guide and is definitely going to save you time especially if it’s a well laid-out plan.

Things to remember when creating a plan include the design, budget and amount of space which the tree will use up. Make sure the tree is large enough to accommodate your feline(s) entire body weight.

Step 2: Get the Necessary Tools

If you are a DIY then how to build a cat tree should be a breeze. What you need is determined by your plan, budget and personal preference in terms of what you want to achieve.

Plywood is common among homeowners who are undertaking such project. Again, choice of wood material is entirely up to your liking and design. Once you have the wood, you’ll need some tools to cut them up and put them together.

A list of some of the assembly tools you might require includes;

  1. Drill
  2. Wood Screws
  3. Handsaw
  4. Hammer
  5. Nails
  6. Wood Glue
  7. Carpeting

Step 3: Cut the Wood According to Measurements

Using the plan you created in step 1, cut the wood into pieces according to measurement. Using a handsaw, which is the cheapest method of cutting, will get the job done.

You can use electrical saws if you are handling touch wood/material. Just ensure that you stick to the measurements if you want to avoid wasting the wood.

Once you’re done with the measurements, you can polish the wood or refine some of the rough edges caused by the cutting using sand paper. Again, this is entirely optional.

Step 4: Build a Sturdy Base

The base of the cat tree is arguably the most important part of the entire tree. It is therefore important to ensure that your design does not overpower the base.

It is recommended that you use at least two square-shaped plywood pieces glued together. This results in a heavy base which is not likely to topple over when the cat(s) is resting up high.

A good sized base can be about 60 cm (24 inches) in height and width. This will tend to vary from one cat tree to the other.

What to remember is to ensure that you have a wide-enough base to support your entire cat tree and the cat(s) weight as well.

Step 5: Carpeting

Carpeting is important in a number of ways. It covers up the otherwise unpleasant look of wood thereby acting as a decorating tool.

Two, it can be used to provide cushioning on which the cats will rest on. Lastly, it acts as a scratch pad for the cats, therefore discouraging damage of furniture in your apartment.

Step 6: Attach Vertical Stands 

After you’re done with the base carpeting, all that’s left is to attach the supporting stands to the sturdy base you already have. It is upon you to choose, according to your designs, how many resting spots to attach to these stands. Just remember to choose a design which ensures the whole design is stable and will hold the weight of your cat(s).

Here are the benefits of having a cat tree in your home:

A Place to Just Chill

A cat tree is the perfect place for your cat to spend their days, either playing or just relaxing. Such a tree could also serve as scratching pads, which is good news especially if you want your sofas to remain as good as new.

You should look into investing or building a cat tree if this isn’t the case in your house.


If you really love cats and having just one is not enough, that shouldn’t be a problem. With a cat tree, you can have any number of cats in your apartment without having to worry about territory – which is kind of a big deal for all animals.

Everyone needs their space, and so do cats. Getting a cat tree means that your and increase the amount of accessible space which means you can house more cats than initially.

Cats Love Heights 

While this might not be the case with your cat, most felines are not afraid of heights, unlike us humans who tend to prefer the ground. Cats will more often than not want to climb up high and unless you have a tree in your back yard, you’ll want to have a cat tree. Since cats always land on their feet, you shouldn’t be afraid that they’ll fall.

Maximize on Space 

Space is important especially if you have many feline friends. It means that you won’t accidentally step on their tails or bump into them unintentionally. More room also means that if you have a cat that’s timid, it won’t always live under kitchen counters or behind sofas.

As mentioned, a cat tree increases territory meaning that this timid cat can safely enjoy themselves out in the open.

The above method is a simple and more importantly, affordable method of building a cat tree. Of course there are tons of methods out there, which could suit you, but at the end of the day your budget and personal preference will determine how to build the cat tree.

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