DIY custom cat climbing wall

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When we ran our recent giveaway for five Cattystacks designer cat climbers, Conscious Cat reader Becky told me about the box building challenges she and her husband hold, much to the delight of their four cats. She said the giveaway inspired her to build a new and bigger box tower for her cats.

Becky is a mechanical designer who says she’s known for taking various size boxes home for her kitties. After all, what cat doesn’t love boxes? But Becky and her husband took the whole box thing one step further, and decided to hold contests to see who can create the most loved box designs. The judges, of course, are their four cats. The sky’s the limit on the construction; the only restrictions are that the boxes must be cardboard , and they must be held together with grey duct tape.

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Becky makes sure that her designs are well constructed to hold the cats’ weight so the third tier doesn’t collapse. “However, my husbands designs almost always win!” says Becky. But regardless of who wins, “the kitties love all the various designs we have come up with and enjoy their occasional new homes.”

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Becky has learned from her projects that heavy weight cardboard is critical. She recommends taping the back and sides of the boxes as well, not just the front. Smaller boxes support the weight better. Becky always puts hers next to a wall as they can easily tip over. “Luckily, the cats are steady on their feet and compensate well,” she says. “My older cats know enough to stay clear.

Are you inspired to build your own climbing wall for your kitties?

If you need even more inspiration, check out this video about the “Rufus Tower.” Rufus’ dad felt bad for Rufus because he had to give him ear drops to treat a painful infection, and every time he came home, Rufus would run from him. So he wanted to do something for Rufus to make him feel better, and built this amazing tower.

httpv://youtu.be/WI9W_VdV1l0

8 Comments on DIY custom cat climbing wall

  1. Hairless Cat
    November 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Ingrid and Becky,

    Nice designs – cats love cubby holes, especially stacked.

    Grocery stores will give you fruit and vegetable boxes if you just ask. Those are heavy duty.

    The cats look like they are really enjoying themselves.

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

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  2. Dawn
    November 15, 2012 at 8:31 am (6 years ago)

    Terrific !

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  3. Texas, a cat in New York
    November 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm (6 years ago)

    That is lovely! Sometimes we kitties also make our own towers all by ourselves 😉
    Purrs

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  4. Bernadette
    November 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm (6 years ago)

    My lucky kitties have new towers nearly every day as I move materials and merchandise into, out of, and around my little house. I think they like the variety, and I love to watch them explore each new arrangement.

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  5. Mistletoeandhitch
    November 13, 2012 at 8:35 am (6 years ago)

    Hitch loves boxes. Right now he’s infatuated with his Kittyblocks. Our huMom only got two and Hitch would like 6 or 8, but huMom is afraid they’d fall over. Although he’d really like to make a tunnel from them. That would be so kitty cool! Maybe we’ll try the Cattystacks after the holidays. It’s just a matter of room. We never have enough room for all the boxes Hitch wants to keep.

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    • Ingrid
      November 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm (6 years ago)

      The makers of the Kittyblock recommend stacking them no higher than two tiers. A Kittyblock tunnel would be way cool, though (Allegra and Ruby made me write this!).

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  6. Sue
    November 13, 2012 at 1:22 am (6 years ago)

    Excellent towers!! I have always gone to a warehouse store (around here it is Sam’s Club) and they have heavy-weight boxes that “nest” into each other like fruit boxes where they are their own display. Best for kittens, but some will do for adult cats.

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    • Ingrid
      November 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm (6 years ago)

      Great idea to get the heavy duty boxes at Sam’s Club, Sue!

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