DIY Kitten Bed out of Cardboard

Do you have extra boxes just laying around? Do you have a cat? Let’s turn those boxes into a cat bed!

That is if your cat hasn’t already commandeered the boxes already—we all know how much cats love boxes. If I fits, I sits, right?

I like to reuse and recycle and found that the Honest Kitchen shipping boxes are the perfect size to create a bed for a litter of kittens I’m fostering. After all, cats and kittens love cardboard boxes, right?

I frequently volunteer to foster kittens, so I have a lot of turnover in my house. That means a lot of cat furniture being eaten up and beaten up. I have a nearly endless supply of cardboard, and I bet you do, too. So let’s put that cardboard to use before you send it off to the recycling!

Lay the box on its side and tape up the flap on the bottom to keep the bedding materials inside.

If the bedding is already familiar to the kittens (or cat) acceptance of the new bed will be quicker.

How to Make a DIY Kitten Bed

Honestly, it’s ridiculously easy to make a bed for cats out of cardboard. Open box, put some bedding in, walk away: instant cat bed!

All you need is at least a knife, some tape if you want, and some bedding. For fewer parts flapping around, cut off only one long flap and half of the smaller flaps below it. Or just open the box all up except for one long flap. Tape down everything else. Put bedding inside the box. Watch those cute furballs have a blast!

If you don’t have any cardboard laying around, we can ship you some! When you buy any of The Honest Kitchen’s cat food, we send you a cardboard box—completely free!

This kitten is fine, by the way. He got all tired out playing in his new bed and fell asleep in an interesting position!

Meet the Author: Liz Palika, CDT, CABC

Liz Palika is a Certified Dog Trainer and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant as well as the founder and co-owner of Kindred Spirits Dog Training in northern San Diego county. Liz is also the founder of Love on a Leash therapy dogs; her dog, Bones, goes on visits on a regular basis. A prolific writer, Liz is also the author of more than 80 books. Many of her works have been nominated or won awards from a variety of organizations, including Dog Writers Association of America, San Diego Book Awards, the ASPCA, and others. Liz shares her home with three English Shepherds: Bones, Hero, and Seven, as well as one confident and bossy orange tabby cat, Kirk. To relax from work, or to take work on the road, Liz and her crew travel the West and PNW in their RV. If you see an RV on the road named "Travelin' Dogs", honk and say hi!

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