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Cat Condo: Made from a Wood Pallet

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It’s time to pamper our kitties a bit! This Cat Condo that is made from a wood pallet has a spot for feeding, relaxing, playing and scratching.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Ever since Tiki the Rescue Pup came to our family, Kali has been a bit put out. She has slowly warmed up to Tiki, but still hasn’t totally embraced the fact that she isn’t the queen of the house anymore. So we thought it would be fun to build her a Cat Condo – a space of her own that she can eat, sleep, scratch and play.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Since the month of July is a special time for Purina Cat Chow and the “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program, we thought it was the perfect time to show Kali just what she means to our family.

We adopted Kali when she was just 6 weeks old, when my oldest son turned 16, that was 10 years ago. She has been with our family through a couple house moves, kids leaving for college, coming back home and all the other milestones that we have been through in the last 10 years.

A few years back, she got outside and was missing for 2 months, miraculously we found her. Let’s just say, she has never tried to venture outside again.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Doug built the Cat Condo from scraps of lumber and a wood pallet. We are currently building a shed in the backyard and have some scraps from that, as well as a wood pallet left from our deck.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Kali is enjoying her own space again. Although I am wondering if Tiki will try to lay in the bed.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Doug created a handy spot in the Cat Condo to store the container with Purina Cat Chow. The “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program has a goal of donating up to five million meals to cats in need through their non-profit partner, Rescue Bank. By purchasing Purina Cat Chow, you can help them reach their goal.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

The food container fits nicely into the Cat Condo, which is perfect for us so that Tiki doesn’t get into it.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Kali quickly showed Tiki that this was her space – back off!

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Join us in supporting Purina – simply purchase a bag of food at your local store and they will make a donation. Whether you own a cat, have a friend with a cat or maybe you just love cats, it’s a great cause!

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Now – here is Doug to show you how to build a Cat Condo for your special feline friend!

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 1

Use your circular saw and cut the top boards of the pallet into 22 inch lengths. I did this since it is extremely difficult to tear a well made pallet apart without special tools.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 2

Take 4 of the 22 inch 2″ x 2″ uprights and attach 22″ boards to the outside, then nail the 1/4″ Luan Plywood to the bottom.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 3

Attach the other 2″ x 2″ uprights 5 inches from the inside edge and then nail the 5″ by 22″ pieces of luan to the inside of the uprights. This is the framework for the food storage area.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 4

Then you will proceed to box in the storage area using 2 each of the 5″ and 22″ long boards for each layer. When you get to the top layer you will leave the interior board off.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 5

You will still have and open area at the bottom. Fill this with the full width 20 1/2″ board.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 6

Attach the top level around the full perimeter of the uprights, nailing into the uprights and through the ends of the boards. Use a torpedo level to keep them straight.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 7

To finish the storage compartment nail a 20 1/2″ long by 1 1/2″ board to the inside.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 8

Build the storage compartment lid by nailing two boards together to make a 5″ x 20 1/2″ lid.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 9

Attach a 1 inch wide board to the inside to support the upper floor.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 10

Nail in the 1/4″ Luan Plywood for the upper level then cut and glue down carpet samples to both the upper and lower levels.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 11

To finish the scratching posts staple the jute rope along the inside and tightly wrap all the way up and secure the upper end with additional staples.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Step 12

Finally drill four 3/8″ holes in the lid and use 9 inch long pieces of rope and thread the ends through the holes and secure with staples.

CAT CONDO -- This Cat Condo is made from a Wood Pallet and scrap lumber! Your cat will be cozy in the bed, have fun with the toy, eat, drink and there's even a scratching spot!

Learn more about the “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program.

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34 Comments

  1. I love your cat condo, but I don’t have any cats. I have three dogs. I’m trying to think of varying your “condo idea”, so it would work for dogs.

  2. I love that she has her own special place now! This is such a great idea. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week.

    1. I think you could possibly keep the layout the same but instead (depending on the size of your dogs) make it kinda like a bunk bed for dogs with 1 on the top and one on the bottom, making a small ramp on the side for it to get on and off the top bed. That idea could possibly work if the dogs are not too big and you could still store their food in the same manner but maybe a bit bigger. Just a suggestion, but I think it might just work .๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

      1. That sounds like a fun idea! Thanks Debra!

  3. such a sweet story-i can’t believe you found her after she was outside so long. i love that this houses her, food, too. super smart!
    b

    1. Thanks so much! We are thankful we found her too!
      ~Liz

  4. Love this! What a smart idea you had and your kitty looks so happy,

    Thanks so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Pinning. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is fantastic. I am not sure my older kitties would use it as they really like my bed but I think it is great. Plus I am all for companies that help pets that need homes.

    1. Thanks so much Debra! Our kitty is getting older too, but has enjoyed the cat condo. Thanks for joining this great cause!
      ~Liz

  6. My cats would LOVE this!

    1. I bet they would Kelly! I know Kali is loving it!
      ~Liz

  7. I absolutely love this! It looks so well made and Kali clearly loves it!

    1. Thanks so much Elise! Yes she is loving it!
      ~Liz

  8. This is awesome! My cat would love this! also what a great thing to do for less fortunate cats

    1. You are absolutely right Lesley! That is a great idea!
      ~Liz

  9. OMG I love this! I have been looking at buying a cat condo for our 2 cats for a while but they are crazy expensive. I think my girls and I can make this one. Super fun. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Teresa! Thrilled you like the Cat Condo!
      ~Liz

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