Cat condos and cat trees are a great way for your cat to get exercise. Most cats enjoy having a place to perch and look out over the world as well as have a safe sanctuary higher up. Cat condos often help with behavioral problems by giving your cats someplace to scratch and exercise instead of your sofa or other furniture.
Cat condos are available in pet supply stores, but many people find the cost prohibitively expensive, with many condos going for anywhere from $50 to well over $500.
With a few tools, hardware, supplies and effort, you can make you own kitty condo. Here are some free plans on the web.
Kitty Condos at Toolcrib.com
Some of the best plans for kitty condos are at Toolcrib.com. They have 21 various cat furniture plans that any cat would be happy to call their own. What's more, the website points to other places with plans. The plans are a mixture of directions, but most are easy to read and follow.
Cat Tree/Condo at Thriftyfun.com
Need something a little less expensive but looks great? Check out the cat tree/condo at Thrifty Fun. The author gives you ideas for obtaining material for free or low cost and the condo is lovely.
eHow's Kitty Condo
Of course, eHow has its own kitty condo plans. It's a complex kitty tree but can be modified to suit any number of cats.
Kitty Condo from Mother Earth's News
Mother Earth's News offers a lovely kitty condo that is both inexpensive and easy to build. Made from a cardboard tube, the type that is used to form concrete pylons is a cheap and easy way to make a kitty condo.
The fun part about building your kitty condo is that you can modify it as you see fit. Low on cash? Try building using scrap lumber or even small logs with the bark still attached for the posts. You can usually find free or very low cost carpet remnants in the want ads or from carpet stores. Adding cat toys on strings or rope adds to your kitty's excitement. Once you're done, be sure to sprinkle catnip over the tree and condo. Your cat will love you for it.