How to Make a Cat Scratching Post

Make your cat happy by giving them a sturdy scratching post. They'll sharpen their claws – without tearing up your furniture.


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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)


  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Make the base sturdy enough to support the post and the weight of your cat.

  3. Step 2

    Make the first layer

    Lay the three 12-inch boards side by side, so the ends are flush.

  4. Step 3

    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.

  5. Step 4

    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.

  6. Step 5

    Cover base

    Cover the base with a carpet scrap and staple it in place.

  7. Use short, bristly carpet, such as Berber.

  8. Step 6

    Attach post

    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.

  9. Step 7

    Cover post

    Staple carpet scraps to cover the post.

  10. Rub catnip on the post or hang a dangling cat toy from the top.

  11. Step 8

    Settle in

    Settle in for hours of entertainment as your cat tears into their new scratching post.

  12. Did you know? Cats perspire through their paws.