Project begins: November 2013
So my friend Tana is a crazy cat lady like I am and
wanted a cat-o-tron to put on her back patio for
neighborhood strays to have a place to crash when the
weather is ugly. The idea was to design a low-profile,
minimal footprint cat-o-tron that will accommodate a small
patio while providing the same level of refuge for furry
residents as the broader models.
The first step was to build "apartments" that adorn the
central column. The design is hexagonal, which I only did to
support ease of attachment to the central column.
The next step was to build "patios", which are outside of
each of the apartments. This is the classic "cat-o-tron"
platform design from previous builds.
Carpeting the apartment kind of reminded me of the
facehugger eggsac from Alien.
Attaching apartments and patios to the central column
required a bit of welding. For this I needed to fabricate
some joints that attached "branches" to the column.
This is what the branch joint looks like attached to the
The patios get carpeting.
Finally the branches are attached.
Project completed: May 2018
Tana ended up moving from the place where the cat-o-tron was
going to be used so I installed it on the back patio.