If you’re looking for a fun project that’s both easy and fun for your cat, why not try making a DIY cat house? There are many reasons why you might want to make a DIY cat house. You might want to give your feline a place to retreat and sleep at night, or maybe you want to teach your pet the difference between sleeping and jumping inside of its own house. Either way, it can be a rewarding experience for you as well as your cat. Here’s how you can make a DIY cat house.
Start with a plan or design: Do you love creating things from the blueprint? You’re not alone. Some people even make their own out of scrap cardboard and fabric, but those aren’t always very affordable and don’t always look as good as a finished product. Instead, you can save money and time by either building or purchasing an actual origami cat house.
Look for the right size: When it comes to a cat house, size really matters! How large do you want your kitty to be? What do you want the lid to look like? Is the size going to change over time, or is it permanent? Remember that you can always remodel or reposition the origami cat house as your pet grows older, so be sure to choose the size that’s right for you now, not when you might have a little more room to work with.
Choose a plan: Before you start building, make sure you have a plan. Choose a good, simple plan with simple steps that anyone can follow. Make sure that the paper you choose is sturdy enough to hold up to your cat climbing inside. Don’t pick a paper with a lot of intricate designs or colors, because those will only serve to attract your cat’s attention, which is never a good thing. Instead, choose a plain color, simple border design, and a large enough size that you can easily write a few notes on.
Cut it up: Once you’ve chosen the paper, you’ll need to cut it up. There are plenty of resources to help you cut up paper, from simple hand tools to electric cutters. Start by cutting out the pieces that are the most intricate. Remember, a cat will be squirmy and constantly stretching to get to all the space in its box. For smaller boxes, use a pair of scissors and be very careful not to cut too much off or else your cat won’t be able to squeeze through. For bigger boxes, use a pair of scissors and be sure to trim away any extra bits that may get in the way.
Glue it together: After you’ve cut up the paper and trimmed it to fit, you’re ready to actually glue everything together. Start by putting the bottom half of the box together first and then gluing the top half to hold it in place. Make sure the edges of the box are even and press the bottom edge of the box against the wall to hold it in place without sagging or creasing the cardboard. When your cat’s ready for her new home, you can take her outside and let her explore. If you have any problems or complications along the way, consult a friend or family member who has experience with DIY cat houses.