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A fairly easy DIY project which doesn’t have to cost much. You need some material from the hardware store, long arms and your kitty will have a new climber in a couple of hours.

What you need:

If you find a concrete forming tube tall enough to meet your needs, it will save you a lot of work. We had to merge two tubes together for the desired hight.

  • Concrete forming tubes x 2 (Ours were 80 cm tall, 4 mm thick with a radius of 19 cm like these)*
  • 4 long flat irons
  • Carpet (We found an inexpensive grey “artificial grass” carpet at 200 x 120 cm like this one)
  • Lid of a carton box (We used the lid from the IKEA Kvarnvik box)
  • 1 angle iron to attach the cat climber to a shelf or wall
  • Screws and nuts (4 x 4 for the flat iron)
  • Screws and nuts to secure the cat climber to shelf or wall (We used 6 strong screws)
  • Screws to attach the lid to the climber
  • Stapler and staples (a more powerful stapler than what you use for your papers is needed)
  • Carpet knife
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill (to mount the cat climber to a wall or shelf)

What to do:

  • Screw the flat irons onto 4 sides of the tube (leaving half of the flat iron outside of the tube)
  • Join the two tubes and mark the spot where the wholes should go, prepare all 8 wholes before continuing
  • Fasten the flat irons onto the second tube. This part was a bit tricky. We choose to fasten the nuts on the inside of the tube, so we needed a long wrench and long arms to get this part done
  • Unfold the carpet and put the joint tube on the carpet
  • Wrap the carpet around the tube and use sticky tape to keep the carpet in place before stapling
  • Staple one side of the carpet all the way down
  • Wrap the other part of the carpet around the tube and let the two sides overlap with 10 cm or so
  • Staple all the way down
  • Cut leftover carpet withe a carpet knife, we folded a piece of the carpet under the bottom of the climber
  • Screw the lid onto the top of the tube using a drill and some screws
  • Screw the angle iron onto the tube and lid
  • Attach to wall or shelf

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