DIY Kitty Gifts

Have you ever bought your pet an expensive piece of furniture, only to have her ignore it and sleep on your armchair instead? Cats do have some interesting tastes. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep your kitty purring. Read on as a local Pleasanton, CA vet lists some homemade kitty things you can make yourself.

Cat Tower

Did you know that you can make a cat tower out of an old stepladder? Start by adding smooth boards to the steps to widen them out. Then, wrap the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope. This also works for bookshelves and metal storage racks. If you’re feeling really creative, you can start from scratch, and make a tower out of lumber, PVC pipe, or even a real tree.

Kitty Toys

Did you know that you can grow catnip quite inexpensively? It actually does very well on windowsills. You can grow it in your garden, too, though if you plant too much you may find your home becoming a hot spot for stray kitties. Stuff baby socks with it, and sew the openings closed. Or, make ‘mice’ from fabric.


Because hammocks allow air to flow beneath them, they stay cooler than regular beds. All you need for this purrfect piece is a table or end table with four legs and a piece of material. Cut the material so that it’s the same shape as the tabletop, but a bit smaller. Then, just attach the cloth to the legs. Voila!

Box Castle

If you really want to pamper your feline pal, make her a little box castle. You can keep it simple, by just attaching a few boxes together. Or, go all out and make your furry little diva a palace with balconies, towers, and ‘courtyards.’

Grass Mat

Take an old, clean litterbox, and add soil and wheat grass seeds. When it’s grown in, Fluffy will have a living mat to lounge on!

Pet Beds

There are lots of great options for making DIY kitty beds. You can turn a hard-shell suitcase or hatbox into a bed, just by adding soft pillows or blankets. Sweaters, wicker baskets, and even end tables can also make cute pet beds. Look online for more great ideas.

Please contact us, your Pleasanton, CA pet hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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