Gina was bugging me to make a cat house for our cat Odin. I reviewed a few plans online, took some ideas from various projects and created my own. I make it easier for an older cat to climb without jumping even though Odin is still an agile cat. Both Gina and Odin were happy with the results. I also built one for Julia and Megan's disabled cat.

Front View
Front View

Front view of the new cat house. I didn't follow any plans for this project. Johanne mentioned that Meijer had some on the shelf that looks like something Odin might like. I went down, took some pictures, and looked for similar houses online. Ultimately I pretty much made it up as I built it. (4/19/2018)

Side View
Side View

This is the side view. The cylinder was created using a concrete form from Lowes. The curved shelf in front of the opening of the cylinder was created by cutting a portion of the tube into three parts then gluing them together. (4/19/2018)

Odin Investigating
Odin Investigating

Odin is checking out his new play house. I set it up so it would be easy for Odin to get around on it when he gets old - from the ramp up from the ground to the each level easy to get to from the last. The shortest square column has sisal rope around it for scratching. The other columns, as well as the rest of the house, are wrapped in carpet left over from the 2nd floor addition. (4/19/2018)

Cat House Home
Cat House Home

The cat house is on the second floor next to a window with plenty of morning light. Odin has a good view of the back yard from here. (4/29/2018)

Odin Absorbing Sunlight
Odin Absorbing Sunlight

This has become one of Odin's favorite hangouts in the morning. (5/25/2018)

Weeble
Weeble

My daughter Julia has a cat named Weeble with a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia which causes walking and balance issues. She looks like she's drunk all the time. Since she can't climb, I made a small cat house with a tube at ground level. Her buddy Shadow (not pictured) likes the platform on top of the tube (May 2017)

Old Cat House
Old Cat House

This is Odin's old cat house that he inherited from Apollo and Athena. Both poles are covered with sisal rope. The pole on the left is a hexagon glued up from plywood. The pole on the right is just a 4x4. The wood strips on the inside of each pole is used to keep the rope from unraveling, but I think that was an unnecessary addition. It's hard to see in this picture but the carpet is fairly ripped up on this one, particularly on the base. (circa 2008)

There was one before this that had one rope covered pole and and a slanted ramp connected to a flat area like the lower level of the new one, covered with blue carpet. I don't have a picture of that one (circa 1998)

Twin Towers
Twin Towers

Stephen needed a high tower for his cat after bringing home a puppy. It needed to be tall and have an edge around the second shelf so the food dish held up away from the dog can't be pushed off the edge. I had a bunch of left over plywood so I glued up smaller pieces to create large platforms. The edges around the second level was made from left over materials from Justine's Coffee Bar. Gina and I used hot glue guns to wrap sisal rope around PVC pipes. The carpet on one was left over from the family room, but the grey carpet came from Home Depot. Eris approves

 
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