Why don’t we build Cardboard Castle to our cats? This is how to do it.
Don’t you think your cat would love to have 3 store castle for itself? Mine would love to I’m considering to following these steps and building one too. This is how you do it:
Step 0: Obtain a cute (somewhat derpy) cat and get motivated build him or her a castle out of cardboard.
Step 1: Get 3 differently sized boxes and look for any gashes that need to be hidden. Our castle was going to be set in a corner, so we set up our boxes in the proper config and marked them on the outside to keep track.
Step 2: Find your cat a place to perch.
Step 3: Build an internal shelf using a paper towel rolls. We cut out circles of cardboard to add stability where the rolls met the cardboard.
Step 4: Generously apply duct tape at the junctions, and around the tubes for added support if you so desire. We folded over the edges of the shelf for taping purposes. Junebug is about 7 pounds, so we tested the shelf with books before moving on.
Step 5: Cut windows and a door with an Exacto knife. Junebug loved jumping out the windows, so make a few windows big enough for your cat to fit through.
Of course, check the size the door if possible. Bonus points in the dog in the house can’t fit through to steal treats.
Coax her onto the shelf if you can (we weren’t successful at first).
Here’s a mock-up, before we cut holes in between the 3 boxes/levels.
Step 6: Tape all of the boxes shut then cut through the layers of cardboard with your knife. Make sure the holes alternate so your cat can easily go up level by level. Add lots of tape to keep the flaps from moving too much.
Some larger windows on the second floor.
Here’s a picture of the alternating passageways.
The top of the castle, with all the fancy crenellations. Before the final passageway is cut.
Step 8: Put a toy near the new boxy structure to encourage a playful interaction.
Marking her new cardboard fortress.
Step 9: Install flag and observe job well done.
Step 10: Never be satisfied with one night’s worth of work. Take castle to a well-ventilated area and apply 2-3 coats of silver spray paint. Allow paint to dry between coats and be careful not to saturate the cardboard. Make sure you let the castle air out for several hours!
Step 11: Draw stonework pattern with medium thickness Sharpie.
Step 12: Color in flag!
Step 13: Install in corner and cover thoroughly in cat nip and/or treats.
Step 14: Allow cat to surveil her domain.