Cathouse Building Plan
Building a cat house is a project that can be fun and practical. This
simple doghouse for cats can be customized to house a larger feline.
You can build this house from one, 3/4″ x 2′ x 4′ and one, 1/2″ x 4 x 4
plywood panel plus a few other necessities.
If ole barn boards are not available, use one piece of 3/4″ plywood, 2′
x 4′, for the Bottom Base and the Right/Left Side panels.
One piece of 1/2″ x 4′ x 4′ plywood for the Front, Back base panels
and the roof pieces.
One piece of 1″ x 6″ x 48″ piece of pine.
1 5/8″ Woodscrews.
Six, three-tab Shingles.easurements
Step 1, Cut the House Base Pieces – Select 3/4″ x 24″ x 48″
plywood panel; crosscut the panel in half (two squares @ 24″ x 24″).
Select one of the halves and rip it in half (two rectangles @ 12″ x
24″); one of these panels will be the Bottom, Base panel.
Select the other half, 12″ x 24″ rectangle; crosscut this one in half
(two squares @ 11″ x 12″); these two squares will be the Left/Right
Select 3/4″ plywood; cut out a rectangle @ 7″ x 11″ for the wall
Select the 1/2″ x 48″ x 48″ plywood; Cut out two rectangles @ 12″ x
24″ for the Front and Back panels. Select the Front panel and cut out
Select the 1 x 6 x 48″ pine; Cut out one piece @ 2 1/4″ x 24 and one
piece @ 3 1/8″ x 24″; these will be used as the top braces.
Step 2, Assemble the Base – Select the Bottom, the Front, Back,
Divider, Top Braces, and two Side panels; attach them with 1 5/8″
screws as shown above (pre-drill and counter sink each screw hole).
Step 3, Cut the Roof Pieces – Select the 1/2″ plywood; cut two right
triangles @ 18 1/4″ x 9″ as shown above for the roof end pieces.
Select 1/2″ plywood; cut two rectangles; one @ 13 1/2″ x 28″ and one
@ 13″ x 28″ as shown above for the roof tops.
Select 2 x 4 and cut it to 24 1/8″ for the roof support piece.
Select 3/4″ plywood; cut one rectangle @ 24 1/8″ x 7 1/2″ as shown
above for the Roof Base.
Step 4, Assemble the Roof- Select the 24 1/8″ x 7 1/2″ Roof base
and the 2 x 4 x 24 1/8″ Roof Support piece and attach the 2×4 to the
3/4″ plywood on center as shown above
Select the two Roof End triangles and attach them to the Roof
Base/Support pieces; allow the bottom of the triangular ends to hang
1″ below the Roof base.
Select 1/2″, two rectangles; one @ 13 1/2″ x 28″ and one @ 13″ x 28″
roof tops and attach them to the triangle ends as shown above with
the two inch overhang on each end.
Select tar paper and shingles and apply.
Step 5, Finish the House- Apply edging material, fill all holes with
wood plugs and/or filler, sand, and apply stain/poly or paint; seal the
floor against moisture. Once the poly has cured, apply carpeting to
the floor and a flap door. Find your cat and stick it in there.