Cosy hiding places make cats feel safe – so here’s how you can make a cat tent that your cat will love to snuggle inside.
Cats like to have plenty of places around the home to hide. It helps to make them feel safe and secure, especially if something makes them feel anxious or scared, such as fireworks or unfamiliar visitors.
A cardboard box is a great hiding place – and you can make it feel even more snuggly by easily transforming a box into a tent for your cat!
All you need is a cardboard box, a cushion or cat bedding and an old t-shirt. Cut two holes in the side of the box so that your cat can get in and out easily without feeling trapped – ask an adult to help if you’re using scissors. Put the cushion or bedding in the bottom of the box to make it cosy.
Pull the t-shirt over the box so that the neck lines up with the hole on one side of the box and the bottom of the t-shirt is over the hole on the other side (leave this side of the box open).
You can tuck the sleeves in against the box to make the sides look neater.
The box tent is quick to make and your cat will love it!
Photo by Tracy Wynn
Do not disturb your cat while they are in their tent as it may frighten them.
This originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of The Cat magazine.