“Basil and Cooper’s Leisure Suite” by Kristen
You know how cat trees are typically really ugly?
Kristen decided that her cats, Basil and Cooper, didn’t deserve to miss out on the joys of a cat tree simply because she couldn’t stomach the looks of one in her apartment.
So she found a solution: create a custom cat tree from an a-frame bookshelf.
4th Story: The Penthouse
Basil and Cooper often perch on this level. It’s just a piece of faux fur cut to the width of the shelf and hot glued in place.
3rd Story: The Health Club
So named because, according to Kristen, the kitties get a kind of mani/pedi by scratching the carpet.
The construction is easy. Just cut a carpet tile to the width of the shelf and hot glue it in place.
2nd Story: Kitty Loft
This level has a cat bed. Kristen sewed a pillow to fit the width of the shelf using faux fur and quilting cotton, then stuffed it with batting.
A few Velcro strips hold the pillow in place (though she mentioned that watching the cats scoot around on the pillow was pretty amusing, too).
1st Floor: Cat Condo
She first made a tunnel by sewing two sections of quilting cotton to fit the front and back openings. These fabric pieces were also attached using Velcro.
Inside of the tunnel is a box top, wrapped in faux fur and placed on the shelf. Basil and Cooper aren’t as excited about this level at the moment, but Kristen knows they’ll snuggle here more in the winter.
Catnip Stuffed Toys
She made a fish and a bird, stuffed them with a mixture of batting a cat nip, and hung them from the cross section with rope. Instant batting toys!
Coiled Rope Scratching Post
The scratching post is one of the most important features of a good cat tree. Kristen made hers using this kind of rope. Just coil it around a section of support beam and hot glue it down as you go.
If you make a cat tree using this method, feel free to post pics to the Colette Patterns Flickr Group. Because, we love cats! Don’t you?