Cat Owners Are Building Cardboard Tanks For Their Felines During Quarantine And They Look Badass (53 Pics)

One thing that the coronavirus has shown us for sure is that there are lots of creative people out there who just needed some free time (and a bit of boredom) to get their hands dirty doing some DIY projects.

We’re seeing some cat owners pass the time during the quarantine by building cardboard tanks for their adorable cats. Some of these are incredibly detailed and show a lot of love for crafting! To brighten up your day and inspire you for some DIY projects, Bored Panda has collected the very best cat tank pics. Scroll down, enjoy, and don’t forget to upvote your fave photos.

Bored Panda spoke with Garry Stevenson, one of the people who built a cardboard tank for their cat. “Someone in my Facebook newsfeed had shared a picture of a cat in a tank a while back,” Garry revealed. The idea had been stuck in his head for a while and he was planning to build a tank for his cat once he had the time. It took him around 3 hours to craft “at a leisurely pace” and Garry pointed out that his cat loves boxes and cardboard. Scroll down for the rest of the interview.


Took me all afternoon but I regret nothing!

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Lieutenants catto reporting for duty! Target acquired! Proceed! 

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I’ve reached the “built a tank for the cat” stage of quarantine.

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Garry told us that his cat is a 2-year-old female named Mittens. “She is mostly calm and collected, apart from when we all go to bed, then she runs about the house like a maniac,” he told Bored Panda. “She also takes a toy to the top of the stairs around 1 AM every night and howls which is both annoying and cute.”

We also wanted to know how the quarantine has affected Garry and his family. “I work from home anyway as a graphic designer, my wife is a carer with a Scottish charity, so it’s business as usual for us. We do have two kids around all day every day, but they’re pretty good at amusing themselves and can video chat with their friends. Overall, we can’t complain, others aren’t so lucky.”


We built our cat a tank out of leftover cardboard.

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We made the cat a tank today. I think she likes it.‬

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The cat tank is coming along nicely…however General McTubs jacked me up for not having added a co-axial gun and some grenade launcher type system.

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The British Veterinary Association (BVA) recommends that pet owners keep their cats indoors to prevent the spread of the virus, especially if someone in the household shows symptoms of Covid-19. However, the president of the BVA Daniella Dos Santos told the BBC that all pet owners should “practice good hygiene” because “an animal’s fur could carry the virus for a time” if the pet came into contact with someone who’s ill.

Even if you’re not building cardboard tanks for your cat, there are other ways to keep it happy and feeling meowsome. USA Today writes that it’s very important that your pet eats well during the lockdown, so make sure you’re stocked up with cat food and snacks.

But food isn’t everything—your cat needs to have fun, too! If you don’t have any cat toys, give it some empty cardboard boxes to play with. You never know, it could be the first step on your journey to build your cat its very own tank and make it feel like a meowrine!


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Every cat needs a tank to defend their castle. I can’t tell you how frustrating this was to build.

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Apart from awesome crafting activities, the quarantine has had another positive result: animal adoptions are way up in the US. Vox reports that animal shelters all over the US were overwhelmed with applications to adopt cats (and doggos, too).

“We put a call out for fosters on March 13, when everything kind of was really starting to hit full steam,” Katy Hansen, communications director for the Animal Care Centers of New York City, told Vox. “All we knew was that we needed to get as many animals out as possible because we didn’t know how this would affect our staff. We thought we would get 50 applications. We got 5,000.”

Hansen expected the opposite; she thought that people would leave their animals at shelters instead of adopting them. Meanwhile, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw a 500 percent increase in applications to foster pets in New York and Los Angeles since March 15.


Essential mouse killer reporting for duty.

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Lockdown + boxes = cat tank.

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Inspired by another post to make my cat her own tank

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Quarantine day 11: my mom build a tank for our cats.

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Day 43: The cat is not as nearly as impressed as I am.

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This is what we did today.

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When you have a lot of time on your hands + many boxes + a curious adorable cat = The Thorminator.

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Finally our cat in a tank. Took her about a week.

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I’m ready to beat the virus, and you? Have you your own tank?

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Made my cat a tank, not as good as others I’d seen. And we had to bribe him to get the photo.

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Dom has been seeing others make tanks for their cats so he had to try his hand at it. I’d say he did a pretty good job!

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My humans built me a tank, one step closer to world domination!

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Today we made a cardboard cat tank out of Boh boxes. She looks thrilled!

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You know you need a hobby when you spend the evening building a cat tank.

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It was super hard to get a picture of her.

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Detective Rosa Diaz makes taking out crime personal in her cat tank.

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Private Pru ready for duty!

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He’s got ya in his sights.

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“We ride at dawn … !”

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