Published on January 24th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Cat Activity Center/Sleep Center

Materials: Ikea Expedit Bookshelf, carpet scraps, sisal rope, cat beds, toys, velcro, staples

Description: A while back, I saw a photo of an old bookshelf converted into sleeping compartments for cats at a cat rescue. It was old and dirty, but I thought it was brilliant. Sooo- I had the idea to buy a 4×2 Ikea Expedit bookshelf to convert into an entire Cat Activity Center. The beds, toys and scratchers are held to the shelves with industrial strength velcro so I can replace individual items as they wear out.

The carpet and sisal are attached with staples. I had two extra spaces when I was done, so I added some regular rope for them to play with and some self-grooming brushes. As you can see, the center is a hit with my cats (I volunteer as a foster for a cat rescue).

The best part, I got the Expedit second-hand from a neighbor, so the whole thing was MUCH cheaper than those cat trees you buy at the pet store.

~ Susanne Campbell-Vincent, La Habra, CA, USA

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11 Responses to Cat Activity Center/Sleep Center

  1. Anonymous says:

    very good idea…. im not a handy dandy like you but i can surely appreciate a great job when i see it and a great idea as well….

  2. Anja says:

    Great! What’s that stuff that cats love to rub their heads against in the video?

  3. Susanne Campbell-Vincent says:

    Hi- sorry, just saw your question. I hope you come back to this and see my answer soon! They are actually groomers that have catnip in them, so they can rub up against them and brush themselves. I bought mine at drsfostersmith . com. I believe they were called Cat-A-Comb. They were $7 each.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great idea – will definitely use some of your ideas. Just one question — in the video one of the cats is rubbing their head on what looks like some kind of carpet caster. Would love to know what you used. Thanks.

  5. Debbie says:

    Just found your site and love it – will share on my rescue blog about pets. So many innovative ideas!

  6. Susanne Campbell-Vincent says:

    Glad you like it! It has definitely become the favorite piece of furniture for the cats, and as a result- they DON’T scratch our couches! :-)
    If you have a Big Lots near you, the Sisal rope is MUCH cheaper there than at your local home store. Found that one out the hard way. Lol.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Really cool!

  8. jack says:

    I have no idea cat would be so comfortable jumping to their bed.juicer

  9. Kathi says:

    Great ideas! Thank you for sharing this!

  10. analyfe says:

    A structure like that would cost so much at a pet store – what a neat idea!

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