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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
me and my mother have been wanting to make a cat condo/tree and we were wondering if anyone knew how.like what to use and how to build it so its fun and steady for them. we would buy one but they are too much and we figured it would be funner and cheaper to build them one .plus we need a distraction for them to quit climbing on our tables and dressers
post #2 of 22
no idea but that is a wonderful idea! I should make one for Char.
post #3 of 22
I know that Sar made a great one and put photos up. It could have been before the crash(!) cant remember but it looked easy and very impressive. Maybe if you do a search....or pm her for details. It really was brilliant.
post #4 of 22
That's right Alexis..Sars was great! Go ahead and PM her to see if she can give you ideas!
post #5 of 22
Please let us know as Ozzy and Stitch's condo comes along!
post #6 of 22
http://www.nd.edu/~akolaczy/catladder.html

www.cat-furniture-plans.com

I had tons more but I deleted them, sorry to say. I also found a site that sells cheap furniture if you are interested please tell me. cat.
post #7 of 22
Meowhoo also has great places to purchase plans for cat trees! The link is at the bottom of the page!
post #8 of 22
amby.com/cat_site/cattree.html
I have talked to the person who made this site and she said the cat tree that is posted there is really easy to make and solid. good luck again! cat.
post #9 of 22
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catlover7731-thank you for the links to the sites we will check them out...and i will pm sars and see what she says. and i will keep you guys all posted and stuff we probly wont be building it until next month or something but i will keep you guys posted when we start.
post #10 of 22
I don't know what the price of lumber is in your area, but here it is so high, it wasn't worth trying to make our own.

We looked into option for awhile and finally found our 7' tree at a garage sale for $40. If you have a local auction or flea market, we come across them fairly often pretty cheaply.

Funny note, the same place we got the cat tree, we found my long lost uncle that my mom had been searching for for over 20 years. COme to find out he lived only 3 miles from us...go figure.
post #11 of 22
Buy a sturdy wooden step ladder, put astro turf or carpet on it, wrap sisal rope around the legs and you have what you need, a place for the cats to climb and scratch
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
thanks for your guys's help everyone but i have found a link to a good site that has a cat tree/condo that is big/easy to build and i think we are going to use that one if anyone wants to see the link its:
http://www.hgtv.ca/tv/TBC_project_plans/project_026.asp
i will keep you all posted as i said before as we are building it with pics and stuff
but we probly wont start till febuary when we have more money for the supplies for it.
post #13 of 22
Here is a photo of my almost finished Condo (I haven't sorted the newer photos into Photobucket yet!)

Basically, just plan around your tools and your means (money wise!) I built mine with chipboard for the flat pieces (they were actually a broken cupboard that I found in the street) and fence posts for the uprights. The tunnel/tube thing is a cheap plastic bucket with the bottom cut off!

The brackets are concealed now too, but I couldn't stop the cats from having a look!!

It is really stong, as Tibby is pretty active and weighs 1.5 stones (don't know that in lbs?!!) so it needs to hold him!! It takes my weight too, as I stood on it to check!!

If you need any more help, let me know!
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Sar

It is really stong, as Tibby is pretty active and weighs 1.5 stones (don't know that in lbs?!!) so it needs to hold him!! It takes my weight too, as I stood on it to check!!
it is about 19lbs... give or take
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by mferr84
it is about 19lbs... give or take
Thank you!
post #16 of 22
good luck with building your own cat tree looking forward to hearing how it goes and seeing photos of its progress

Sarah - I am so impressed with your handy work!!! well done!! and its so great to see that Tibby & Molly like it - thats wonderful
when we buy a new home I think I will attempt to make one too - right now I dont have the space for anything like that (well I could find the space but DH says a big N.O. )
post #17 of 22

sar thats wonderful! i think i might make one too hehe
whats 1.5 stones in kilograms??
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by fwan
whats 1.5 stones in kilograms??
Don't even go there!!
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by fwan
whats 1.5 stones in kilograms??
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Originally Posted by Sar
Don't even go there!!
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
that looks great! is it something you made up as you went or did you get a plan somewhere else? thanks for sharing that with me it gave me alot of ideas if i have any questions i will ask you k? but it might not be until within the next 2 months now because we are having a family crisis and might have to move not sure tho.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by Sar
Don't even go there!!



Actually my kitty weighs 2 and a half kilograms.

4 weeks ago he weighed 1 and a half.
But he still looks very skinny!
post #22 of 22
I drew up a picture of a condo/tree - just a generalised sketch (if I find it, I will post it!) But mainly kept the process organic! So it developed and changed as it went along!!
(I hope things get sorted soon, at home!)

Danielle, you don't need much space to have a condo/tree thingy! My flat's not huge, and I have still managed to build it and keep it in here!! I don't look forward to moving it when I get a house though!! Carrying it downstairs??!!!!!!
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