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Video:How to Make a Homemade Cat Bed

with Debbie Anderson

Does your cat need a new bed? See how to make a homemade cat bed for kitty while using just a few simple items from around the home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Homemade Cat Bed

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! If you're tired of your kitty taking over your bed, then today I'm going to show you how to make your cat their very own homemade cat bed.

Cat Bed Supplies

For this project, you will need a large flat rate box measuring 12 inches by 12 inches by 5 ½ inches, which can be picked up at your local post office for free, packaging tape, a pair of scissors, an old bath towel, a pillow case, and large safety pins.

Assemble the Box

First, fold the bottom flaps of the box together and use long pieces of packaging tape to secure the flaps to the rest of the box so that the box is now a large cube with flaps open at the top of the box.

Next, use your scissors to remove approximately one inch of cardboard from the edge of the top flaps of the cardboard box, and then fold each of the top flaps on the cardboard box inward so each flap is flush with the sides of the main structure of the box.

Create the Bedding

Once the box is structurally sound, fluff and fold the bath towel and then gently place the bath towel inside the box so that all four sides of the box and the bottom of the box are equally covered with the bath towel.

Next, place the box with the towel in it inside the pillowcase until it has been pushed all the way over to the closed end of the pillowcase on the opposite side of the pillow case opening.

While holding the pillowcase opening with one hand, gently apply pressure to the center of the box opening until the pillowcase forms to the inside contour of the box.

Then, gently fold the sides of the extra length on the pillowcase inward, as though wrapping a package, and finally fold the lower portion of the excess pillowcase upward so that the entire outer cardboard surface edge is covered.

Finally, use several safety pins to secure the top pillowcase fold to the lower pillowcase fold on the side of the cat bed.

Caring for the Cat Bed

Once the cat bed is made, place the cat bed in a location where kitty can comfortably curl up inside the cat bed and rest.

And as an added tip, whenever the cat bed starts to look dirty, remove the safety pins so that you can remove the pillowcase and towel to throw them in the washer, and then you can quickly remake the cat bed again with fresh linens.

And with these handful of items from around the home, your cat will always have a nice clean bed to lounge around in!

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