How to Build an Indoor Cat Play House

An indoor cat play house is a great way to keep your pets entertained. This can be easy or hard to do, depending on how much you know about cat behavior. The actual work is an easy project for any DIY enthusiast. Problems may arise when your cats become adults and you need to plan ahead.

When building an indoor cat play house you have to keep your pet in mind. If the cat is a very playful, outdoor-going cat you might have to make it bigger but not very complex. Outdoor cats will use it mostly to relax and stay safe. If the cat stays mostly indoors and is not very active, a more complex house is a good idea. It can essentially work as a gym to keep it in shape. You will need a few tools and materials for the job as well as following a few steps.

Tools and Materials

  • Plywood
  • Large PVC pipes
  • Measuring device
  • Wood glue
  • Electric saw

Step 1: Design the Play House

Have fun when designing the cat play house. Think of it like your own little house project. It is your chance to be creative. You don’t need to be an architect to come out with a nice looking construction design. Use your computer or just a pen and paper to design it. That being said, keep in mind that the house will be used by your cat. You should design it with large entrances and doors. It should be at least 2 floors and provide a ramp between the floors. Posts and porch-like balconies will keep your cat entertained. Once you’ve designed the cat play house, decide on the size. It should be big enough for your cat to have turning room. Keep your home limitations in mind as well. Now, take a notepad and draw the measurements of each individual part.

Step 2: Cut the Pieces

Think of the house as a prefabricated one. Measure and use your jigsaw to cut each individual part to the required specifications. Use protective gear when working with the electric saw. Start with the parts at the bottom. Cut the floor and then continue with the walls, second floor and roof. You can use a different material for the roof to give it an extra feel.

Step 3: Build the Cat House

Use the prefabricated plywood pieces to assemble the cat play house. Do this according to your design and specifications. You’ll want to have the corners join together by intertwining. Apply wood glue and join the parts. Again, start with the bottom. Lay down the floor, build the walls and then the second wall. This is a good time for any last minute changes. If you don’t like the look of a certain wall or post, just remove them. Make sure you have at least a post with catnip on it. Cats love to climb around so keep that in mind. Finally, glue and attach the roof.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Use the extra plywood and materials to make additions to your newly build cat house. You can add a litter box or a separate place for a bed. Let the glue dry completely. This can take up to 24 hours. After the glue is dried, use sandpaper to sand off any rough edges or corners. You can then prime and paint cat play house.