How to Create a Cat Corner

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how to create a cat corner

Let me preface this with: I was never a cat person.  Then we got Cash, Johnny Cash the Cat.  This never would have happened if I hadn’t been a newlywed prone to saying yes.  (This is how I ended up with a Razorback bathroom, too.)  Can anyone else feel my pain?  We were literally on our way back from our honeymoon when Taylor received a voicemail from our veterinarian friend, telling him about a black cat named Spider who was rescued and needed a home.  My “absolutely not” eventually turned to “yes”, so we adopted him as a kitten and changed his name.  Even though we talk about our two dogs all the time, Cash was actually our first pet!

Cash the cat

His full time job is solving the neighborhood’s rodent problem.  He comes home to the garage each night when it gets dark.  His best friends are our dogs, Hank and Waylon.  Cash takes long walks with us, even a few miles, when we walk the dogs.

cash the cat

When the opportunity arose for this blog post, I was excited to see that the compensation included a $100 donation to give back to the cat community.  We were thrilled to give our donation to our vet’s non-profit, Outback Cat House Rescue in Rogers, AR in hopes that they can help another cat like Cash.  We are thankful for everything they have done for him!

christmas card photo shoot

Decorate My Life

This cat is a survivor.  He’s already used up most of his nine lives.  So far Cash has survived bobcat fever (thanks to a successful trial our vet tried), surgery after getting crank bait lodged in his tummy, being trapped in our neighbor’s trunk for three days, and killing 6 copperheads with no problem.

Since Cash lives in the garage for the most part, we wanted to give him more of his own comfy space out there like a den of sorts.  I’d had an old cabinet piece in mind for awhile now, but yours doesn’t have to be so big.  Keep in mind our garage has a lot more space than if we were doing this project for an indoor cat.  You could do this with most wooden side tables that have storage underneath.  Along with it being a comfy space Cash could call his own for his bed, I also wanted the cabinet to house the storage for cat litter, toys, treats, and then his food and water bowl on top.  This post will outline for you simple steps to create a “cat corner” for your special fur child.

before- cat corner

Check out my 3 minute video tutorial to see this fun DIY project in action!  It includes painting tips, supplies you will need, and step by step directions.  The furniture piece you find to upcycle may not need as much of a face lift as ours did so you may be able to skip the painting step.

Here’s another visual step by step:

how to create a cat corner

step 3 and 4

Optional step:  Once you have the hole cut out, glue on the trim!  This is just for looks.  We used strips of scrap wood we had on hand.  Now Cash can hop right in to his hide-away from the side of the cabinet.

cutout hole cat corner

after 1

I used a black paint pen to write “Cash the Cat lives here” on one of the drawers for fun.

how to build a cat corner

This was hilarious!  I didn’t even have it all set up inside yet when Cash hopped in.  He was curious about his new cat littler, Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze.

fresh steps cat litter

This can be purchased exclusively at Sam’s Club.  I found it easily in the pet aisle!  Like I said, I wasn’t always a cat person like my husband Taylor Surly.  A lot of things were a first to me… including the litter box.  I love that Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze features Borate technology to actually inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria.  The garage isn’t stinky anymore!  The scent of this product is lemongrass citrus for a “fresher” aroma.

fresh steps total control

Even though it weighs 42 lbs, it’s compact so the bag was easier for me to lift in and out of the cart.  It was easy for me to reseal and store away in the new cat corner without taking up too much space.  If you have a Sam’s Club membership, an instant savings offer for May has already been loaded to your card through the Instant Savings Book.  You can save $3.50 on Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze from 5/11-6/5 and the product has a money back guarantee. Look for the signage in-store, the booklet mailed to members, and on

how to create a cat corner

Enjoy this DIY solution to get all of the items your cat needs organized in one spot!

What else would you add to a cat corner?  I’m open to suggestions!


  1. Phyllis says

    Your talents knows no bounds, Katie! Leave it to you to create the most clever cat area I’ve seen. Love the painted sign with Cash’s name on it!

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