DIY Cat Post

IMG_3273We have a baby Bengal Kitten in our home, his name is Mufasa and he is super spoiled!  Pretty much my life is devoted to keeping him happy and teaching him everything he needs to know.  Part of raising a well adjusted cat is having places for them to scratch, climb, and perch.  I looked online and I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.  I sent hubby to the home improvement store and last Saturday he spent the day creating the perfect cat post for Mufasa.  I will explain a little how we made it; if you are somewhat handy, you can follow along!

We began with a wood base 29″ x 19″, a 6 foot 2″x3″ and an oak log (bark removed).  Here you can see they’ve been attached to the base.  (We recommend not using particle board).

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We cut a piece of corrugated plastic pipe the same length as the 2″x3″ and slid it over.  We used long staples and some liquid nails to anchor the post to the 2″x3″ at the bottom.  We cut a board smaller than the base and cut out a circle for the pipe to extend through.  This was secured to the oak log.

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Making sure everything is level.

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Here you can see where the staples were inserted to secure the tube to the 2×3.

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We put Liquid Nails on the pipe and wrapped sisal rope tightly around.

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We anchored the sisal with a staple.

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This is a good job for the kids to help out with!

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We continued in the same manner adding 2 more perches.  We needed something extra on the lower level for support, so we added another piece of wood.

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Next we covered all the perch surfaces with carpeting.  We had to create a kind of template to cut out where the pipe and the wood pieces were.  We used Liquid Nails and staples to secure.  On the bottom level we didn’t wrap the base in carpet, but added some wood pieces to finish off the edges.  The upper perches we wrapped in the carpet.
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It looks great and we couldn’t wait to bring it in the house and let Mufasa play on it!

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That crazy little kitten climbed it all the way to the top!  It was his first time ever climbing something that high!
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We put it in front of the sliding glass window so he can perch and look outside.  He LOVES it!!!!diy cat post. 17



  1. Thanks for sharing! Mufasa does look very happy and I’m sure my kitty would be too! Do you have a ballpark figure for the cost of this project? If not, that’s okay, but I was wondering what we would be getting into if we tried to recreate your fantastic tower 🙂 Thank you!

    • Thanks Beth for your comment. That’s a good question, how much does this project cost? I purchased 4 spools of sisal rope at Harbor Freight (which was the cheapest place I could find). Each spool was $6. Add to the cost of the pipe and a 2×3 totaled about $40. We had the oak log from a tree that fell in our yard in Virginia 15 years ago. We also had scrap wood to use for the base and the perches. The carpet was left over from new carpet we put in our sons room. I think you could ask around for carpet remnants to purchase inexpensively. Also, a tube of Liquid Nails is a couple of bucks. I hope that is helpful!! Hugs, Amanda

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