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Crafty Comfort: DIY Cardboard Cat Houses for Your Feline Friends [2024]


Crafty Comfort: DIY Cardboard Cat Houses for Your Feline Friends [2024]


Welcome to our latest blog post where we dive into the playful world of DIY cardboard cat houses—a perfect project for pet owners looking to provide a cozy hideaway for their indoor cats. Whether you’re eyeing a modern house design or a unique two-story cat house, we’ve got you covered with ideas that combine home decor with your cat’s favorite material—recycled corrugated cardboard! This post is all about cardboard cat houses 🐱

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Crafty Comfort: DIY Cardboard Cat Houses for Your Feline Friends

Why Cardboard Cat Houses?

Cats love the feel of cardboard—the scratching, the lounging, the endless possibilities! Plus, using recycled corrugated cardboard not only makes this a fun project but also a nod to eco-friendly practices. It’s about giving your big cat a place to retreat without breaking the bank.

Planning Your Design

Thinking of a modern design with sleek lines or maybe a whimsical replica of famous landmarks? The right arrows in your planning phase can lead to a stunning final product that’s both a stylish cat bed and a very practical piece of cat furniture. Remember, the house dimensions should provide easy access and a spacious room for your pet to play and relax.

Materials Needed

– Cardboard pieces (free shipping boxes are great!)

– Hot glue or any other safe adhesive

– Scratcher pads

– Decor like non-toxic paint or markers for those nice visual instructions

Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Cardboard Cat House

1. Cut the Cardboard: Start with the base of your cat house by cutting out the desired shape from your cardboard boxes.

2. Assemble the Walls: Attach the sides using hot glue, ensuring the structure is stable.

3. Add Personal Touches: Decorate with scratcher pads or use a slightly moist tissue to soften the edges for your cat’s safety.

4. Create Play Areas: Incorporate elements like window templates or a pirate-themed fun hole—perfect for a feline buccaneer!

Encouraging Your Cat to Use Their New Home

Place their favorite cat toys in the new house or use catnip to attract them to their new luxury cat bed. It’s all about making them see this new addition as a part of their daily activities.

Showcasing Community Creations

We love seeing your projects! Share your photos with us for a chance to be featured here. From a cardboard treasure chest to a detailed wooden cat house, let’s see how creative you can get!


DIY cardboard cat homes are more than just a place for your pet to sleep—they’re a testament to your creativity and care for your feline friend’s comfort and paw health. Plus, they’re a perfect gift for pet owners everywhere!

Call to Action: Got some ideas or already tried making one? Share your story in the comments below or on social media using our hashtag #CraftyCatComfort!

Thanks for tuning in, and keep checking back for more insights on the latest trends in pet furniture from cardboard boxes to wood pet house laser cut designs!

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Cat House Ideas Made with Cardboard

Here are the top insanely cute cardboard cat houses to get your cat, or to give a cat lover as a gift.

Aircat Cardboard Cat House

If you have not yet been introduced to the jaw-dropping cat products over at CacaoPets, please let me do the introductions! The newest addition to their portfolio of feline homes is an airplane. I almost fell over when I saw this because it is the purrfect gift for anyone who owns a cat and travels by plane frequently.

If I gave this as a gift, I might just put it under the tree with a big beautiful bow; or maybe it would be safe in a wrapped box so the cat doesn’t get to it first! At least he’d have a Merry Christmas.


The Whitehouse

Staying right here in their shop because, why leave? This unique idea of the Whitehouse is another great find for anyone who loves politics, Washington D.C. or is actively engaged in elections. What is most appealing to me is that the cat looks super comfortable at The Whitehouse and I love that!

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Iron Throne Cardboard Cat House

Introducing the ultimate cat house idea for feline fun and creating a cat kingdom fit for your furry royalty! Behold, the Cat Kingdom Iron Throne, a magnificent chair that your fur emperor will absolutely adore. Imagine the pride on their little royal face as they perch proudly over the “peasants” they rule (which might just be you, if you’re reading this).

This cardboard masterpiece has taken the internet by storm, going viral across numerous social media platforms. Now, it’s available for you to purrchase, making it the perfect gift for that special someone or your very own little lion. Let your feline friend experience the majestic joy of ruling their domain from their very own throne!

Hummer H3

Vroom vroom! The Hummer is nice and roomy for your kitty cat and all his bois or beaches. The Hummer has lots of room for one, two or I would say even three average size kitty cats. Your cat should be able to parallel park one of these gigantic monstrosities before taking it a cruise around your cat furnished home.

Ice Cream Bowl Wooden Craft Bed

Ice scream, you scream, we all purr for ice scream!

This dazzling jewel would be a real hit for anyone who loves sweets, and especially ice cream (me!)

Not only does the Ice Cream Bowl Wooden Craft Bed make a huge statement, it is a cat magnet. Your cat will love to climb in and get comfortable while you hand feed him his snacks and tell him he is gorgeous.

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Infinity Well Wooden Craft Bed

Modern cat furniture is hhhoooootttttt. The Infinity clearly gives kitty cats a bed to snuggle up on while looking fabulous. Incorporating the Infinity Well Bed into any home style would be super easy. I think this would go great in a BOHO aesthetics cat friendly living-room or bedroom as well as a modern style. Styled properly this modern cat bed goes purrfectly with traditional styles too.


Cardboard Cat Houses: Cat Express

Choo-Choo! This is such a cute idea, a little train. And touting NO GLUE used, I love how eco-friendly these products are. In addition to being great for the environment, this Cat Express has secret little places for your feline to play, hide and bat his toys around. They thought of everything with this and were sure to include his nap space. I bet my cat would love this one.


Starwars Imperial Stormtrooper

This screams Star Warriors (name given to Star Wars fans) who are also owned by their cat! If you or someone you know is a Star Warrior, I bet you have already added this to your shopping cart.

Discover these amazing cat house ideas that bring a touch of Star Trek purrs to your furry friend’s world. Not only will they have a blast, but it’s also fun for felines and cute for cat rooms or even children’s rooms too!

Now, let’s talk about the comfort and usability for our precious kitties because, let’s admit it, aesthetics matter when it comes to cat beds! The design is simply irresistible, and it’s no surprise that it attracts purrs and meows from our feline companions. You might even spot two or three fur babies cozily nestled in the center head below.

This cat house idea is a delight, and all you’ll want to do is capture every adorable moment and share them on Instagram. Get ready for a flurry of likes and hearts as your feline friends enjoy their new cosmic abode!


Mayan Pyramid Cardboard Cat House

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Your feline can express his Egyptian God or Goddess through his very own cardboard pyramid. Kitties love this structure with a large, but not too big, foundation on the bottom to curl up in or stretch out. Your cat can bask in his divine aura. This cat house is super easy to clean. All you will need is a damp tissue or cloth.

You will notice the attention to detail of corrugated cardboard, doubling as scratching board, right along the side!

Cats do love their corrugated cardboard.

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Why Do Cats Like Cardboard Boxes?

People frequently wonder, why do cats like cardboard boxes? They like them because it is a natural instinct to find places to hide. Believe it or not, felines also lean towards a smaller area to curl up in, something that isn’t too big so they also feel ’secure’. One could also argue they are attracted to cardboard because they recognize their favorite cat scratcher material when the see it!

Since kitty cats love cardboard so much, you see it all over the internet now. Cardboard cat houses, towers, castles and even toys are in abundance. Not to mention cardboard cat scratchers! Finding cheap cardboard cat scratchers on line is super easy nowadays.

How Do I Make A Cardboard Cat House?

Grab your cardboard box cutter, there are so many designs to explore!

There are so many designs, colors, shapes and size cardboard feline houses on the internet today, I have no doubt it can be super overwhelming! I tend to let those who have figured out a way to make the crafty, commercial do the heavy lifting and I just order what I want.

BUT I know the DIY temptation and making anything from cardboard is a wonderful craft project for parents and kids. Not only is it ridiculously affordable, it is eco-friendly. That is why I put some additional resources below for you DIY talents who want a few ideas and patterns.

I on the other hand, will be ordering from the store above and keeping it simple. But who knows, maybe over the holidays empty boxes will call me to assemble a castle for Prince Finnegan.

In the meantime, here is an exceptionally good video of a DIY cardboard cat house that I believe will give you everything you need to make Fluffy a cool cardboard crib.

And here is a diy cardboard box cat tower.

If you still have an appetite to consume more DIY cardboard cat content, here are some reading materials you can devour.

I also included DIY cardboard cat toys, a cat tower and a cat tree because they are all good DIY projects for crafty peeps.

With the pawlidays coming up, it could be fun to stuff some feline stockings with DIY toys too!

Homemade Cat HousesHappiness is Homemade
DIY Cardboard Cat Tree Home Depot
Easy Crafts for CatsWag
Cat Cave The Cat Site
Cat HouseUltimate Pet Nutrition
DIY Cat ToysPumpkin Care
Cardboard Cat TreeEarth Tree
Cardobard Cat Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I ensure the final product is comfortable for my cat?

To ensure a comfortable final resting area, line the base of the cat house with soft materials such as recycled cloth or a plush pet bed. This will make the cat house an inviting space where your pet can enjoy relaxation and sleep.

2. What size should the cat house be for a large cat?

For larger cats, ensure that the house dimensions are spacious enough to allow easy access and movement. A good rule of thumb is to make the house at least 1.5 times the length of your cat from nose to tail and wide enough for them to turn around comfortably.

3. Can the cardboard cat house double as a pet bed?

Absolutely! By adding soft bedding inside the cardboard structure, the cat house can serve both as a play area and a cozy pet bed. This versatility makes it a perfect retreat for any cat, fulfilling their needs for both play and relaxation.

4. How can I make the cat house match my pet’s kittyhood dreams?

Think about your pet’s personality and preferences. Does your cat love climbing, or do they prefer hiding in cozy spaces? Design the cat house with multiple levels or integrate hideaways and tunnels. Decorate it with visuals or toys that stimulate their curiosity and playfulness.

5. Do your advertising partners influence the content of your DIY projects?

Our projects and content are created with our readers’ best interests in mind. While we may feature products or services from our advertising partners, these are carefully chosen to align with our readers’ interests, particularly focusing on sustainability, creativity, and practicality in pet care.

Why Is Kritter Kommunity Your Trusted Pet Partner?

Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo male adult cat currently and she has had him since he was a baby kitten; so Lisa knows well the kitten lifecycle, the teenage cat lifecycle and the adult cat lifecycle (he is currently 11 years old). Prior to her cat Finnegan, Lisa had two FIV positive cats for a decade. They inspired Lisa to invent a cat enclosure so they could safely sit outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. She brought the product to market and eventually designed a line of portable catios; they sold on Amazon, Skymall Catalogue, Wayfair and countless other websites. Her experience being a cat parent coupled with her business development and product management experience make her a trusted cat enthusiast partner. She and Finnegan (her cat) test, research and review pet products to give readers the best feedback possible.

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