Cat Fort

Cat Fort

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Updated May 21, 2014 at 05:27PM EDT by Brad.

Added May 21, 2014 at 12:20PM EDT by Molly Horan.

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Cat Fort is a photo fad that involves building a fortress-like enclosure around one’s cat with household items, such as cardboard boxes and decorative pillows, in a similar fashion to the setting of the collaborative webcomic series Dog Fort.


The earliest known example of a “cat fort” photograph was submitted to the r/Trees[2] subreddit on March 30th, 2010 by Redditor jamullah, though the original post has since been removed. The earliest known “cat fort” post that still remains accessible was submitted to the r/pics[3] subreddit on April 23rd, 2010 by Redditor windowbird.

Dog Fort

The idea of staging and photographing pet animals in a fortress-like setting has been also iterated through the collaborative webcomic series Dog Fort, which features a number of fictional canine characters fortified in similar-looking enclosures.


The subreddit r/Catfort[1] was created on December 14th, 2010, by Redditor Wolz. As of May 2014, the subreddit has over 1,000 readers. On May 5th, 2011, the Tumblr Cat Forts[4] was created. On August 11th, 2011, The Chive[6] published photos of the 37 finalists in their cat fort contest, as well as a poll which reveals the winner (below, left) and runner up (below, right).

On July 30th, 2012, Catser[7] published a post titled"10 Homemade Cat Forts." On May 19th, 2014, Buzzfeed[5] published a cat fort roundup titled “The 18 Cutest Cat Forts.”

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