Make your cat happy by giving them a sturdy scratching post. They'll sharpen their claws — without tearing up your furniture.
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)
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.
Make the base sturdy enough to support the post and the weight of your cat.
Step 2 Make the first layer Lay the three 12-inch boards side by side, so the ends are flush.
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.
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.
Step 5 Cover base Cover the base with a carpet scrap and staple it in place.
Use short, bristly carpet, such as Berber.
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.
Step 7 Cover post Staple carpet scraps to cover the post.
Rub catnip on the post or hang a dangling cat toy from the top.
Step 8 Settle in Settle in for hours of entertainment as your cat tears into their new scratching post.
Did you know? Cats perspire through their paws.