In celebration of National Pet Month, we’ve put together this list of DIY home projects that you can complete on your own and give to your furry best friend. Whether you’re a dog lover, a cat person, or you adore everything on four legs, you can have fun getting creative with these projects while exercising your DIY skills.
When you’re done, your dog or cat will have a beautiful, custom-made gift. Make your pet feel special this May with a gift from the heart.
DIY Dog House
Your dog may live with you in the house, but that doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate their own place to stay warm and dry outside. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, a DIY dog house is a great gift.
To work on this project, you’ll need basic tools, high-quality plywood, and nails. Make sure the wood is free from splinters and rough edges – in fact, you should sand down all the wood you use for any of these DIY home projects for your pets. Once you’re done building, you can paint the dog house with a low-VOC paint to keep your dog healthy. You can use any of these dog house plans to get started.
DIY Doggie Stairs
Does your pooch struggle to jump on the bed to sleep with you at night? Especially for owners of smaller dogs, homemade pet stairs are a great project. If your dog has hip problems, stairs can also make it easier for your dog to get around without risking an injury.
As with the dog house, this project is very doable for anyone who loves DIY projects. For DIY doggie stairs, you’ll need your saw, hammer, and other basic tools, as well as good-quality plywood and a low-VOC paint or wood finish. You can also make a set of pet stairs for your cats.
DIY Cat Enclosure
If your cat likes to spend time outdoors but you want to keep them safe from coyotes or other animals, a DIY cat cage or enclosure is the perfect gift for your feline friend. You can make it as large or small as you want. You can also include fun activities within the enclosure, such as a ramp and a scratch wall.
If you’re feeling really ambitious, build a cat cage with two or three floors – this gives your pet the chance to jump around and to perch onto platforms of different heights for naptime. Cats love being able to lay around on an elevated spot so they can watch what’s moving on the ground.
DIY Kitty Litter Station
With this project, you can build a standard cabinet with two doors. Each side of the cabinet has a purpose. One chamber is for the kitty litter box, and the other is where you can store cleaning supplies and set up a carpeted floor for your cat to walk on after using the litter box. The carpet will absorb some of the dust from the kitty litter, making it a little easier to keep your home clean.
And the best part with this DIY home project for pets – you’ll love it too! You can neatly tuck away the kitty litter area in a beautifully made custom cabinet. The closed doors also help to contain any odors.
Happy National Pet Month
Have fun working on your DIY home projects. If you need any help along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out. At Gillespie Handyman Services, we can help you with any home improvement project, big or small, including building custom cabinetry, stairs, enclosures, and more for your family pet. Contact us today and let us know what you have in mind.