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Learn how to take care of a cat or kitten in this cat care and grooming video series from Howcast. You'll learn how to give your cat medicine; clean your cat's teeth; massage your cat; care for an elderly cat; clip your cat's nails; groom your cat; make your own kitty litter and cat scratching post or pad; keep your cat safe in the car; and much more.
You Will Need
- Measuring tape
- A 4 x 4 post
- A saw
- Three 2 x 6 boards, 12-inch long
- Two 2 x 6 boards, 18-inch long
- Eight 3-inch wood screws
- A power drill with screwdriver bit
- Carpet scraps
- A staple gun
- Catnip (optional)
- A dangling cat toy (optional)
Decide on dimension
Determine the length of your scratching post and cut the post with a saw to fit. It should be a few inches longer than the length of your cat.
Make the first layer
Lay the three 12-inch boards side by side, so the ends are flush.
Attach the second layer
Place the two 18-inch boards on top, crosswise. Saw any overhang so the second layer is flush with the first.
Screw layers together
Using the power drill, screw the second layer onto the first layer with four 3-inch screws. This will serve as your base.
Cover the base with a carpet scrap and staple it in place.
Position the post in the center of the base and attach it with a screw on each corner. Drill the screws in diagonally, starting near the bottom of the post so that the screw makes it through both post and base.
Staple carpet scraps to cover the post.
Settle in for hours of entertainment as your cat tears into their new scratching post.