Tuesday, 7 April 2015

How to make a cat tent

Cats like to have plenty of places around the home to hide. It helps to make them feel safe and secure, especially if something makes them feel anxious or scared, such as fireworks or unfamiliar visitors.

A cardboard box is a great hiding place – and you can make it feel even more snuggly by easily transforming a box into a tent for your cat!

All you need is a cardboard box, a cushion or cat bedding and an old t-shirt. Cut two holes in the side of the box so that your cat can get in and out easily without feeling trapped – ask an adult to help if you’re using scissors. Put the cushion or bedding in the bottom of the box to make it cosy.

Pull the t-shirt over the box so that the neck lines up with the hole on one side of the box and the bottom of the t-shirt is over the hole on the other side (leave this side of the box open).
You can tuck the sleeves in against the box to make the sides look neater.

The box tent is quick to make and your cat will love it!

Cat enjoying their homemade tent
Photo by Tracy Wynn
Do not disturb your cat while they are in their tent as it may frighten them.


This originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of The Cat magazine.

21 comments:

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    1. Glad you like it, have you given it a go?

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  2. So gonna make this for monty

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  3. Looks like I'll have to make three of these!!!

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  4. I think this is brilliant i will be going to town tomorrow to get a box i will be given this a go hope my buffy will like it i think it is a brilliant idea thank you cat protection

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  5. Im going to make that for my cats!

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  6. Made this yesterday.
    My cats love it. One has basically moved in.

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    1. Brilliant, can you share a photo?

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    2. not sure how I do that on here

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    3. Could you email a picture to us at editorial@cats.org.uk? Thanks!

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  8. fantastic idea my cat has stopped peeing on my grandsons bed she loves it thankyou so much x

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    1. Hi there, sorry to hear you were having problems with your cat urinating on your grandson's bed. Cats which are nervous, aggressive or act in what we consider is an inappropriate way – such as urinating or spraying indoors – behave that way for a reason. These ‘misbehaviours’ are usually signs that something – from the cat’s perspective, at least – is very wrong. Please have a read of our leaflet ‘Managing your cat’s behaviour’ for more information: http://www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/cat-care-leaflets-2013/EG10_Managing_your_cat's_behaviour.pdf

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  9. This is a great cat house. I am going to make one for my tiny Chihuahua too.

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  10. So u cut the sides of the box??

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    1. Yes we'd recommend that you cut two holes - one on opposing sides so that the cat has a choice of entry and exit points.

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  11. what does the back of the box look like?

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    1. The back has a hole too (like the front) so the cat can get in and out easily without feeling trapped.

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