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Kitty Tree Condo

November 13, 2012 |
posted by Proto
About This Project

I adapted the simple Kitty Tree plan to make an outdoor sunroom for my cats. They are locked inside when I'm away, so this was a way for them to get some fresh air. They can access it via a tunnel, visible on the side as a grey box that butts up against the panel for the cat flap.
It's 36"X30" and 68" high.
The walls are made of plexiglas and I made the interior ramps by cutting up a set of wooden shelves.Plexiglas is expensive, but I salvaged some that was slightly scratched and going to the landfill. Otherwise, it would have cost me well over $100.
The frame was built using a Kreg jig, which is now my new favourite tool. I also added some casters so it can be rolled away from the wall for cleaning.
I found the Kitty Tree plan to be easy and versatile.

Estimated Cost: 
$25 for lumber and plywood, $15 for exterior paint, $150 for plexiglas
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
2X2 and 1X2 SPF, 1/4" plywood
Finish Used: 
Exterior latex. a mis-tint I got for cheap.

Very innovative. How did you

Very innovative. How did you ventilate it for them to breathe?

posted by Maira (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-11-14 10:39

The plexiglas is not quite

The plexiglas is not quite large enough to cover the space between the posts so there is a 1/8" inch gap around many of the edges.
Also the back is open. When it's away from the wall, I can lean in to clean it. So, it's not at all airtight.

posted by Proto | on Mon, 2012-11-19 09:42

One could use a wire mesh

One could use a wire mesh instead of plexiglas to save money. It would look okay, especially if painted, but I splurged on the plexiglas because it does look nicer than wire. I wanted to prevent complaints from our immediate neighbours if they thought a wire cage was an eyesore.

posted by Proto | on Mon, 2012-11-19 09:45

Fun!

Your cats are going to love this. Once the birds (thinking about swallows) figure out they can swoop by quickly without harm, the birds are going to love it too. You could even put a bird feeder nearby to make it more interesting for the cats to look at.

posted by babysteps | on Mon, 2012-11-19 10:04
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I Love the idea of the bird

I Love the idea of the bird feeder! It would be like watching Tom and Jerry cartoons! Lol

posted by abbpim | on Fri, 2012-11-23 23:41

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