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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
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