I turned my bookshelf into a cat-approved climbing tree #Do It Yourself#Pets#cats March 21 | Guest post by Ellyiar For years I've wanted a bookcase that incorporates a cat tree. I think it's really important for my cats to have a designated place to scratch that isn't the furniture and a way to be the tallest thing in the room without knocking over breakable stuff I care about. BUT I hate the look of cat trees. Hence, the cat tree bookcase. I had visions of one of those cool maze half-cat climber half-bookcases that you can find online, but are WAY too much money. Also, you still end up with a giant piece of furniture almost entirely dedicated to cats. Then I had a brainstorm. We had an old crappy bookcase that I was about a second away from tossing out and a cat tree I couldn't figure out where to put in the house that wouldn't drive me crazy. INSTEAD, I figured out how to make them into exactly the piece of furniture I always wanted. I positioned the book case in an empty corner, putting the back against the wall but leaving about two feet between the side and the other wall. I took off just a couple of the scratching post pieces from the cat tree, and two of the platforms (you could probably make your own platforms — but I was being lazy and didn't want to waste what I already had). Then I screwed the scratching posts into the side of the bookcase facing the wall. I wedged one of the platforms between the corner and the bookcase, just above the two scratching posts, maybe 3-4 feet off the ground. Then I screwed it into the bookcase and both walls (I was paranoid about it breaking when the cats jumped on it, so I probably overdid it.) Then I screwed the other platform directly into the top of the bookcase so my cats had somewhere nice to sit at the top. And they love it! Total success. I finally got something I've wanted for a while, and it didn't cost anything. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ellyiar I'm a writer living in Los Angeles who is constantly trying to make my house into what I envision... PREVIOUS So you want to get into loose leaf tea, but don't know where to start… NEXT Let's get real: I decorated my kid's room for myself Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] I love this! We've been trying to think of ways to give our kitties more climbing space in our tiny apartment, great idea! 4 agree Reply Dude, that's a great idea! I have a cat tree in a corner by a bookcase too, and now you've got me scheming about how I can make this work in my place! 1 agrees Reply So cool! Have you had any problems with them trying to climb in the bookshelves? Or do they stay in the cat-designated areas pretty well? 1 agrees Reply They haven't tried to go on the bookcase itself at all. Or at least not while I've been watching… 1 agrees Reply My cat would see this as an invitation to climb in the shelves and knock everything off. My cat is a jerk, though. 14 agree Reply Mine too… We found a way to keep one of them out of a shelf with a sheet of plexiglass, but eventually she found a way under there and sat pleased as punch amongst a dozen warhammer models…. We taped it down after that. 2 agree Reply Our tomcat learned how to climb the ladder to our guest bed. ^^ Reply Very clever idea! I actually have a bookshelf that is stair-case-shaped, so I leave the top uncluttered and it's like a cat tree for my furry baby 🙂 2 agree Reply This is GENIUS. I may have to try this! 1 agrees Reply I like it!! My cat has already figured out how to get from our desk to the top shelves of the bookshelf, but I'm sure she would prefer a route to the very top. Clever and simple solution! 1 agrees Reply That was part of the reason I made it. I've found with my cats that they get on less things they shouldn't if I provide better places for them to jump on and scratch. 2 agree Reply I was just planning on adding a shelf between our two wardrobes because our kitty has learned to leap from my other half's nightstand to the top of one of the wardrobes – knocking over most of the things on the nightstand in the process! Sometimes it's just safer to make it easy for them. This will be a big help, thank you 🙂 2 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.