I’ve been doing some home improvement projects around the house and most of them include ways to make my cats happy. A recent addition has been mounting a commercial, space saving cat climber to a random chunk of wall that I thought was good-for-nothing.
The climber is made by Pioneer Pet (http://www.pioneerpet.com/product/3826-c…) and is actually meant to be easily mounted to a door. It has all of the hardware to fit over the lips of most standard doors. Like this:
Great space saver! However, based on multiple reviews, the tree is too long and heavy to sit flush with the door. Many people complained that the cat climber bows out in the middle and when the cats use it, it makes a terrible racket because it’s not super stable and bangs when your felines jump around.
As a way to combat this problem, internet folks far more creative than I figured out that this is really easy to wall mount as long as you attach it to a stud. This project took me a little over an hour and would have taken less time if I had someone to help me.
You will need:
• a drill
• five, 3” wood screws
• a helping hand (optional if you like getting sweaty and frustrated)
1. Using a Phillips head, remove metal door mounting hardware and set aside. You can recycle as you don’t need this for anything.
2. Predrill holes through the center of the rope covered panels. Depending on how powerful your drill is, this may take a few minutes per hole.
2a. If you, like me, want to put the climber in a weird space where you are unable to attach it to a full stud, you want to drill your holes about 1.5” from the edge and alternate on each panel. You want 3 holes on the side with the stud and 2 holes on the side without.
3. Put together the climber as per the provided paper instructions or look up the youtube video.
4. Using 3” wood screws, screw in through the predrilled holes and into the wall stud.
4a. If all screws are not going into a stud, make sure you carefully predrill holes through your drywall and add anchors so the unit is as strong as possible. I highly recommend these anchors:
as they are very strong and easy to install. After adding your anchors to the drywall, use your 3” wood screws to attach climber to the wall.
Voila! Happy cat(s).