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Tip of the Week: Make a Kitty Hammock!

Let sleeping cats lie… in cozy hammocks, that is. Not only do felines love chillaxing in them, but they’re a great way to catch the eye of potential adopters! Tracey Collins from PAWS of Hertford County set out to get one of these into every kitty kennel at the Murfreesboro, NC, shelter – mission accomplished! – and was kind enough to share instructions for making durable, machine-washable hammocks. This would be a great project for crafty volunteers!

 

Instructions to make 3 hammocks:

Materials:

  • 36 inches of 60-inch-wide fleece
  • 4 yards of webbing (you will need 12 foot-long strips)

Instructions:

  1. Fold fleece in half, so you have a doubled-over piece that is 18 inches by 60 inches
  2. Cut out six 18-inch squares; you will have a few inches left over (figure 1)
  3. Cut webbing into a dozen 12-inch strips; use a lighter to burn each end so they don’t fray (figure 2)
  4. Line up your straps – double over a strap to make a 6-inch loop, and place one loop at each corner (figure 3)
  5. Loop should point toward center, and ends are in corners of fleece (figure 4)
  6. Sandwich each loop between 2 pieces of fleece and pin (figures 5 and 6)
  7. Sew around edges; make sure to go back and forth over the webbing several times
  8. Leave a gap big enough to turn right-side out
  9. Turn right-side out, and zig-zag stich around entire hammock
  10. Use caribiners to hang hammock in kennel

 

What, one more picture? OK.

 

 

 

 

Don’t leave us hanging… tell us, how do you keep cats comfy at your shelter?

 

 

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Kennel Enrichment for Kitties 101: A Little Privacy, Please

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Comments

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Brilliant! Thank you for the pattern instructions.

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Can you make this?  If you could get a cat to use one, it would look good in the HSMC viewing cage.

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Great idea! I am going to try this with old beach towels and stitching "rod pockets" (like on curtains) on each end to run a rope through that can then be tied to wall hooks, for example, to hang the hammock. It's how we used to make fabric hammocks when I was young. ;-)

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I love this and am going to make some for our cats/kittens at our shelter. Thank  you so much for sharing this ideal and pattern.

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Thank you for the pattern & instructions. This is a good project for some volunteers.

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We have a different way of making hammocks. You use a flannel pillowcase folded in half, four key rings, four shower curtain hooks, and a small amount of fabric from another pillow case to cut into strips. First you take your small piece of fabric and cut it into four lengths to loop through the key rings. Fold the pillowcase in half, and stich the loop of fabric right next to the fold in the pillowcase. Do the same thing on the opposite side. Then move to the corner where the ends of the pillow case meet and sew a loop with a ring sticking out the same side as the one by the fold, and do the same with the opposite side. Now put the shower curtain hooks on and you're ready to go. This method makes use of our donated pillow cases and the key rings and shore hooks can be obtained for minimal cost.

 

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Thank you for sharing the pattern and instructions. I am going to make some hammocks for our local shelter.

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There are so many ways of doing this.  One of our vounteers "felted" some for us,some were sewn.  Ferret hammocks also work great if you're crafty. 

 

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What a great thing to bring a little comfort and change - therefore making for some happy kitties.

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Does anyone have an idea for how to make hammocks for cages that don't have a wire top? We were thinking velcro strips?

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We have been making and using the hammocks for years in our adoption center. We also have smaller ones we take to adoption events since most of our kitties our used to having them. It gives them a sense of comfort in the stores with all the bright lights, loud noise and people. At home, you can hook them under most kitchen chairs. We have many supporters who donate their fabric remnants for just this purpose.

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What a fun way to use some of my overly purchased fleece. Can't wait to start making some for my two older cats and the ones at our Alcona Humane Society in Lincoln, MI

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