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.

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.

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.

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.

Step 8 Settle in Settle in for hours of entertainment as your cat tears into their new scratching post.