How to Make a Wheelchair for a Cat

By Lee Parker

It is tough to see your furry companion unable to get around as he used to. If your cat was born disabled, or has been injured or sick and lost the use of his hind legs, mobility is still possible with a pet wheelchair or walker. Building your own cat wheelchair is possible with a few basic provisions. This wheelchair was designed to assist cats with back leg issues or trouble walking with all four legs; it will support the entire cat while he heals.

Cripple Cat In Wheelchair
Give your disabled cat new life with a DIY wheelchair.
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Building Your Frames

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PVC pipes come in a variety of colors and sizes.
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Step 1

Measure and cut two 21-inch CPVC tubes from the piping.

Step 2

Measure and cut four 3 1/2-inch tubes, four 7-inch tubes, four 7 3/4-inch tubes and four 5/8-inch tubes. You will end up with 16 variously shaped small tubes in total.

Step 3

Insert a 7-inch tube into the straight end of one T piece. Do the same for another 7-inch tube and another T piece. Cap each end of the two 7-inch tubes with two more T pieces, facing them 90 degrees from the T piece on the same pipe. You will have two 7-inch tubes with a T piece on each of the ends.

Step 4

Fit a 7 3/4-inch tube on the bottom T pieces joining the 7-inch tubes. You should now have a U-shaped frame, with two empty T pieces at the top of the "U" pointing toward you.

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A "T" piece is seen in the middle, with a right angle piece in the foreground.
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Step 5

Fit two 3 1/2-inch tubes into the top of your frame, extending the top of the "U" shape higher. Cap these with two right angle pieces facing toward each other.

Step 6

Fit another 7 3/4-inch tube in between the right angle pieces, completing the first frame. The frame will look like an elongated "O." Push all pieces together firmly.

Step 7

Build a second frame exactly as the one above, with the remaining small tubes and pieces.

Assembling the Frames

Step 8

Join the two frames together using the two 21-inch CPVC tubes. Press the assembly together firmly.

Empty shopping cart isolated
Casters look exactly like the wheels on a shopping cart.
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Step 9

Maneuver the assembly upside down. Fit the caster inserts into the 5/8-inch tubes. Place these into the open empty bottom pipes, and firmly press in.

Step 10

Attach the casters to the caster inserts.

Crafting Your Wheelchair

white towel
A soft towel or old T-shirt work well for sling material.
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Step 11

Use an old towel. Measure and cut circles for your cat's legs. The cat's legs will fit through the holes, and its body will be supported by the towel and frame.

Step 12

Hem the sides of the towel by folding over the towel's edges in a loop wide enough to fit around the long CPVC piping, then sewing to attach the folded over portion to the rest of the towel. If you are using a premade pet sling, skip this step.

Step 13

Separate the frames. Slide the pet sling onto the long 21-inch pipes. Press the frames back together, firmly.

Cripple Cat In Wheelchair
Let your cat get used to the new way of moving.
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Step 14

Place your cat into the sling. Give him time to adjust to the wheelchair; begin in small stretches of time and slowly increase them until he is comfortable walking about with his new wheelchair.