If you can't beat them, join them. So if you can't get your cat out of all the cardboard boxes that come to your home, embrace it and build your animal a fort! At least that's what other cat owners are doing. Yes, you will probably have to do all the work alone while your kitty watches you with judging eyes, as if asking why are you taking so long, but after you complete the construction, the critter will have a place to call its own.

So, to give you some ideas for your (cat's) next project, we put together a list of photos of some of the best cardboard forts we could find. Enjoy!

#1

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

This is amazing! You can see the attention to detail in theses towers. The kitties are very lucky, indeed.

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Creative Half-Asleep Chris is one of the people who delighted their cat with a cardboard fort-slash-castle.

"I had built my previous two cats forts as well (Fort Reggie, and Tom's Time Machine) and since we were bored right at the start of the lockdown, it seemed like a fun way to pass the time," they told Bored Panda. "It took a few days to build, and since it was built when I couldn't go to the shops, it was constructed entirely from things I had around the house."

We're talking odd offcuts of wood from here and there, an old shoe rack Half-Asleep Chris took apart, and other various leftovers from their previous projects. "Each level inside the fort is a different material too, for optimal cat-isfaction -- one is plain wood, one cardboard, one fabric, and then the top-level (or penthouse suite) carpeted."

Half-Asleep Chris said their cat Ralph -- who, by the way, is a gigantic fluffball -- went immediately inside... for all of 4 seconds. "He then proceeded to ignore it for several days. But soon he took to it, and I'd often find him sleeping on his penthouse suite. About two months later I bought/renovated him a cat-sized Chaise Lounge, and since then, he hasn't used it, much preferring the Chaise Lounge."

They even posted a YouTube video about the project that is as entertaining as it's educational.

#2

Meoww!

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pei meow
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2 months ago

Hahaha!

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Seattle artist Naomi Haverland has a cat named Craig. He is a hairless Sphinx that her daughter Roxanne bought for herself, and he also got a new place.

"We started the cardboard cat castle right after school was canceled and quarantine went into effect," Haverland said. "We had extra free time on our hands, and we always order a lot from Amazon, so we have a lot of boxes. We noticed that Craig loves boxes. And it began by just taping 2 or 3 boxes together and slowly got more and more elaborate from there. We just loved watching how happy the castle made him."

Craig couldn't get enough of it. "He loved smacking the dog and then dashing off into the fort to protect himself," Haverland recalled. However, she and her daughter eventually had to tear the castle down because they moved but they are excited to build it back up again since they have a lot of moving boxes. "We think we can do it even better this time."

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Capermom
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2 months ago

The details are awesome

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Reddit user Nat_Log3982 and their boyfriend's cat is called Calcifer. The orange tabby is just about 15 weeks old but he already loves to go on walks and hikes with his humans.

Similar to Haverland, Nat_Log3982 recently started building a PC during quarantine and had a lot of boxes from the parts that came in. They saw how Calcifer loved to jump around and play in them and figured that this would be a great way to recycle.

"It took about 16 hours to complete, including the time it took to plan and look at pictures online. I found a picture of a mini cardboard temple and decided to scale up the design and modify the look slightly. It took about 100 mini sticks of hot glue and 3 box cutter blades to cut out the pieces and put them together," Nat_Log3982 said.

Calcifer also loves the pagoda. "Because of the holes I cut into the floors of the levels, he can launch himself through the pagoda and run around the roofs while chasing the toys he brings into it," Nat_Log3982 explained. "He likes to sleep in it whenever I'm sewing or painting. He also likes to show us how quickly he can get to the top level and will meow at us if we don't praise him quickly enough with pets and attention when he sits in it. Overall, it was a fun and long experience that I would do again."

#4

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Troux
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2 months ago

Keeping watch on both sides of the castle at once!

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#5

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

This cat reigns supreme in his dragon castle.

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#6

This Is Ralph Atop His 5-Storey Cat Fort I Built During Lockdown. He Was Naturally Suspicious At First, But Now He Loves It!

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YSu
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2 months ago

Love the logo!

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#7

Craig Is Loving His Quarantine Cat Castle. Especially Now That It Includes Open Patios At Perfect Heights For Swatting At Human Heads

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Mark Serbian
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2 months ago

The elephant looks pissed off ...

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#8

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Mita Ghosh
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2 months ago

The name of the fort is *Fort Asshole*... Hilarious

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#9

Made A Cardboard Cat Pagoda For Calcifer. It Was On Day 3 Of Making This That I Realized I Am Officially A Crazy Cat Lady

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Troux
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2 months ago

It's a Pawgoda

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#10

Corgi & Cat Castle (Aka Corgi Summer Fort)

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Mike Crow
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2 months ago

Yarr Blackwhiskers, the scurvy dogs are at the gates! Ready the cannon!

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#11

Jenga Cat Fort

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Cat Nip Gal
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2 months ago

Stack-o-cats

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#12

Cat Crib

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Lalie Beneke
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2 months ago

Faulty Towers?

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#13

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Zophra
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2 months ago

Barbie would be jealous! Too cute!

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#14

Some Cats Have A Box. Ours Has A Fort And A Slothicorn Guard.

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Troux
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2 months ago

Obscene fort name!

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#15

He Has Now Claimed The Fort As His Own #kmartbargains #catfort #catsofinstagram

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Lalie Beneke
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2 months ago

The Maze Runner is bored.

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#16

The Cat Castle Is Finished! A Lot Of Cardboard, Hot Glue, Tape, Paint And Time Went Into Making This

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

That is a great insignia in front.

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#17

Clovis, Just Having A Saturday Hanging Out His Castle, As Cats Do

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Lalie Beneke
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2 months ago

Waiting on Romeo (or Godot).

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#18

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Zophra
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2 months ago

Cat-hedral windows!

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#19

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Mark Serbian
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2 months ago

Nice!

#20

Amazon Christmas = Awesome Cat Castle

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Linda HS
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2 months ago

Another great use for the 'extra' amazon package...

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#21

My Boyfriend Built A Castle For My Cat On His Day Off

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Danieletc
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2 months ago

Upvoted for the albums.

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#22

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Ivy Zhang
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2 months ago

theres the keep... its keep out, kitties only

#23

When You’re At Work All Day Working Hard And You Come Home To This

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Look at these two cute little floofs!

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#24

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Craig Shaw
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2 months ago

Where's the cat?!

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#25

A True Cat Castle

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Troux
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2 months ago

Now playing: Sarah Vaughan "Whatever Lola Wants"

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

I see the cat grass on the roof!

#27

I Made A Cat Fort... It's Not Going So Well.

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Linda HS
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2 months ago

The fort 'surrendered'...😁

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#28

I Was Told You Guys Would Like The Catsle That I Built (X-Post From /R/Somethingimade)

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Marlene Ricker
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2 months ago

This one is made to last!

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#29

We Built A Cardboard Castle For Our Cats

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Susanne Richter
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2 months ago

All along the watchtower kitties kept the view....

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#30

So We Apparently Have To Much Time On Our Hands! We Have Made A Kitten Fort Complete With A Tunnel And Targets. Obviously They Only Played With It For About 20 Minutes And It Will Be Ripped To Shreds By Tomorrow But We Had Fun Making It!
#kittens #catsofinstagram #catfort

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