How to Build Cat Shelves That Your Cat Will Love

If you have a cat your goal in life is to probably wow them.   If it isnt, then you should get on it right away.  There’s a cat waiting!

Ways to wow them? You can try:
Singing and dancing to them, or even better with them. Most likely they won’t be wow’d at all and will ask you to put them down.
Buying them a new toy.  They might get wow’d, but most likely they are going to like the box it came in better.
Buying them a new bowl.  They don’t care, it only matters what goes in it.
Dressing up like a cat. Ok, I did this over the weekend and the cats were just weirded out by it.

Mom and babies.

What I found is that the best way to wow them is to make them feel special.  Rub their bellies when they provide it, rub under their chin for a few seconds longer than expected, or next time you’re reading snuggle up with your cat and let them sprawl out as big as they want.

What else do they love? Entertainment that doesn’t involve a human.  Sure, they love when you play “chase the fly” with them but you aren’t always home.   They love to sleep while you’re going (so they can store up all their energy for when you’re trying to sleep)  but they also love to play by themselves.   Instead of a cat tree, we decided that we were going to build cat shelves on our wall.  This would be a spot for the cats to climb, sleep and let the cats show each other who’s boss (answer always: Xanadu).

The outcome is a series of brightly colored shelves for our kitties to climb up.  Goblin loves relaxing on the shelves.  He’s a little guy so he doesn’t go very high.
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

 

What you need is:
Shelves: We got 18 inch and 24 inch shelves at Home Depot.  We got 2 different sizes to make it more interesting.   These shelves are great because they come with their own mounting hardware.
Wall Anchors: The shelves come with wall anchors but they only hold 8 pounds.  These wall anchors we got hold 50 pounds.  That means the cats are safe.  Heck, it means my dream can come true and all the cats can sleep together on a shelf! Oh, one day..!
Tools: Screwdriver and level
Carpet to cover Shelves:  This is important so the cat has traction to climb.  This also gives you a opportunity to add color to your home and make these cat shelves fit into your decor (unlike most cat furniture).

I found carpet squares at CB2 for $4 a piece.  They come in playful colors which was exactly what we were looking for.  We have 8 shelves but only needed 4 squares as we would be cutting them in half.
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

Now, time to get building.  Now grab your assistants.  Just kidding.  They will voluntarily help.
“Dad, is it level? I think a little on the right needs to come down”.
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

“That’s more like it.”
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

“What is going on?”
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

“We’re getting paid overtime, right?   We’re getting paid in Fancy Feast Broths, right?”
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

When the shelves are up, the cats will act like they did all the work.  Just suck it up and tell them they did a good job.
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

Now stand back and let cats do what they do; ignore everything.
“I’m going to sit on the ladder instead of the shelves because Mom and Dad are staring at me too hard.”
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

And then when you least expect it… cats will start to climb!
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

Watch out little buddy, that’s a little too high for you.
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

“Ok, mom, I’ll stay on the lower shelf.”
How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

And afterwards, make sure to give them that Fancy Feast Broths like you promised them.  Goblin is in love with these packets of yumminess.  
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Sometimes Brother even hugs one while he sleeps.  I bet he has good dreams.
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Fancy Feast Broths and Cat Shelves.  I think we got the wow factor now!
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Enjoy Bofinkles, you deserve it!
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How to build cat shelves your cat will love! This is a easy DIY project that will be done in 30 minutes!

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