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How to Make a DIY Cat Teepee Your Cats Will Love

Mika & Sebastian have been troopers! We’ve moved three times in the last three years and sometimes go off on week-long adventures without them. I’ve been wanting to make a DIY Cat Teepee for them for a while, and since we just moved into a new apt, it was the perfect time to make them a cozy space.

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Last Updated: June 23, 2020

Materials Needed for Your DIY Cat Teepee

You only need different items to make your own teepee.

DIY Cat Teepee / DIY Cat Tent.

Directions For Making your DIY Cat Teepee

We’ve broken down the process into simple to follow steps with photos to help you as well.

Step 1: Set up the Dowels

Start with the twine stretched on the ground. Lay down 2 two dowels side-by-side perpendicularly over the twine, and lay 1 dowel over them parallel to the twine.

DIY Tipi for Cats.

Step 2: Tie a Figure 8

Wrap the twine around the dowels in a figure 8 knot (see photos and the diagram below). Tighten the twine and tie a knot to secure them in place.

DIY Tipi for Cats.
Cat Tent DIY
How to Make a Cat Tent
DIY Cat Tipi
DIY Cat Tent / Teepee

Step 3: Stand Up Your Frame

Stand the dowels up to create a tent, add the two other dowels, and spread them out evenly.

DIY Cat Teepee Instructions.
DIY Cat Tent

Step 4: Secure the Frame

Wrap the remaining twine around all 5 dowels (there isn’t any particular knot, just wrap it around until it’s securely in place) tie a double knot at the end.

Cat Tent DIY / Cat Tipi DIY

Step 5: Wrap the Blanket

Fold the blanket in half long ways. Wrap it around the structure and tuck the remainder insides as a floor. (Note: Some tutorials will have you cut the blanket into a circle to fit perfectly. We didn’t want to ruin a perfectly good blanket, and I didn’t mind the extra fabric being tucked under.)

Step 6: Secure the Blanket

Safety pin the tip to hold it securely together. You can also add an additional safety pin on the opening to create a flap.

DIY Cat Teepee
How to Build a Teepee for Cats

Step 7: Final Touches

Place it where you want in your home, and add their favorite toys.

How to Build a Teepee for Cats
DIY Cat Teepee
DIY Cat Tent
How to Build a Tipi

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Nicole

    Great idea for the teepee, will definitely be making it!
    As a side note, dry food doesn’t actually clean cats teeth, and even cats that drink a lot of water still end up consuming a lot less water than cats who eat wet food. I just recently found this out as my poor kitty had a UTI and blood in her urine:( has a lot of good information on this. It seems like you really love your kitties so I thought you might be interested, I used to feed mine dry food as well. Thanks for the great post:)

    1. Esther JuLee

      Thanks for letting us know, Nicole. We’ve been switching them over to a mix of wet and dry food as they’ve gotten older too. :) Much less health issues now. Do you only feed her wet food now or a mix?

      1. Nicole

        No problem, one of my cats is 11 now and vet bills are crazy! Prevention really is easier :). Right now we are feeding just wet food, we feed Tiki Cat or Weruva in the chicken or liver flavors (seafood can cause problems like allergies). The cats seem much healthier, the cat with a uti is all better and both of their coats are so clean and fluffy:). But it’s expensive even if we buy fancy feast so right now we are saving up for a Tasin meat grinder to make our own food. It will be more work but spending ~2 hrs/week making food is preferable if it means spending $1 a day to feed two cats rather than $5 or more per day. The recipe we will use is on the website if you want to look it over. Good luck!

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