iDakota: iMac Cat Bed Upcycling Project

A few weekends ago I was looking around Pinterest and came across the cutest thing! Someone had taken a vintage TV, gutted it, and turned it into a cat bed! As I looked more into this concept I saw that it can be done with an old computer monitor. I told John about this idea, and being that we are both so in love with our kitty Dakota we decided he needed one. These sell on Etsy for anywhere from $100 and up and since John (my husband, btw) is a computer engineer, he felt confident we could safely disassemble a monitor/computer and create one ourselves.

We wanted to use an old school iMac monitor and asked Dakota what color he wanted. He told us purple. We found an old one on Craigslist for $20 and went to pick it up. We also stopped to get a nice soft comfy blanket for Dakota’s soon-to-be new bed.

Here are some photos of John taking apart the computer. Please do not attempt this at home unless you are qualified to do so. Whether you use a TV, monitor, etc., it can can still carry a charge.

After all our John’s hard work, Dakota did not act like the other cats we saw online and relish in the comfy joy of his new iMac bed.  He acted like a typical cat diva, sniffed it, and walked away. THE HORROR! We tried to encourage *force* him to try it out, which didn’t work. We tried some cat nip, toys…nothing worked!

IMac cat house

 Damn it Dakota! Yeah, he was pissed.

We were very disappointed, but we knew there was a chance this would happen. We placed the new bed in a spot he liked to lie down in our room and hoped he’d take to it.

Three weeks pass, no luck. John and I had given up hope. Until last night…

iMac cat bed


I walked into our room and saw Dakota checking out his iMac bed, I tiptoed out, came back a few minutes later and found him cozy as can be in his iMac! Hipster cat has arrived! He slept in the iMac for about 2 hours last night.

I wanted to share the whole story of our iMac cat bed upcycling project.  I do not want to lie to you and give you the impression that your cat will immediately love his new cute sleeping spot. That is the impression I got from the ones I saw even though I knew deep down, a cat is a cat.

Have you ever bought or made your pet a unique toy or bed?

7 Responses to "iDakota: iMac Cat Bed Upcycling Project"

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  1. clairelower

    May 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    So cute! I’m so glad he finally slept in it!

  2. Krys

    May 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    hes smiling!

  3. Jen Juneau

    May 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Awwww that last pic is so adorable! Glad you guys’ work paid off. I love it.

  4. MEOWhearthis

    May 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Ack! I’m bowled over by cute!

    There is not just a CHANCE my cats wouldn’t sleep in it if I made one of those…it is an inevitability.

    • Danielleisms

      May 21, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      Cats are so picky! I can’t believe he ignored it for weeks and then decided it looked like a cool place to hang.

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