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Homemade scratching post

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
So I have looked every where for a kitty scratching post but they obviously do not have them here in China.

Can anyone give me ideas to build my own? We are renting a house and the cats are ruining the furniture, we have blankets and foil wrapped around just about everything in our lounge, it looks ridiculous

I would really appreciate some help craeting my own scratching post, something that they can use to climb, sit, sleep and scratch on.

Thank you so much
post #2 of 20
Here is an example of a cat tree made by one of our members for her kitties. Here is the process of the kitty tree coming together.

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post #3 of 20
I have made my own several times what I did is take a 2x4 piece of timber and screw together 2, 50cm long pieces screw this shaft into the center of a 30cm square and either staple carpet onto the post or wrap it with hemp rope. The bottom piece keeps it secure when the cat scatched it. If you like you can atach a smaller square to the top for your cat to be able to sit on top of the post and survey it's domaine. This is a very basic way to make one, If you are in a pinch and don't need somthing elaborare and are working on a budget this is a great solution. I have made some more complicated ones in my life involving tubes, platforms and hanging toys but all you need realy is somthing so the kitties won't ruin your furniture. Good luck.
post #4 of 20
I had my dad build me one. It's not super fancy, but I like it. I had him build one because it seems like all the basic ones in the stores are too short. Then if you want something larger, it's outragiously expensive. He had scrap wood he used and I bought a carpet remnent at a carpet store for 12 dollers. He didn't turn the carpet under like I wanted him to so it's already starting to fray, but the cats love it. I'll see if I can pull up a picture of it later!
post #5 of 20
Some cats like the corrigated cardboard boxes to use. But if you make your own, you'd have to have a very sturdy base and post. You can make a simple post and wrap it in carpet or sisil rope. Try looking up on the web for instructions of making a cat post.

Also you need one that is about 4-5 feet in height - anything smaller will be knocked over and your cat will not use it.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your great ideas, pictures of the end result will be very helpful.

Dawnofsierra - do you know how the attached the logs to the base, she never mentioned that in her step by step instructions??

Thank you again
post #7 of 20
I don't know how she did it, but I'm sure Cindy would be quite happy to hear from you and to offer any advice. Perhaps you'd want to send her a pm.
post #8 of 20
I don't mean to hijack your thread, but I am meaning to make several basic scratching posts. How big of a base & how tall of a post would I need to keep it from toppling? I have 5' high 2 x 4s but I don't know how big to make the base? Dad says I would need to make braces for it & all this elaborate stuff, but I think if the base is big enough for the height, it will work!
post #9 of 20
The scratching post should be at least 30 inches high; a full three feet if you've got a large cat. The base should be wide enough so that the cat can't tip it over. 16 inches square of 3/4 in. plywood should do it for the 30 in. post, or 18 in. square for the 36 in post. A good test is if you tip it 45 degrees and it returns upright by itself. I don't know about five feet; I haven't made one that tall. I have a (purchased) cat tree that's five feet, and its base is 20 x 24. But 20 in. is marginal, and so one side is resting against the wall so it's harder to tip. Whether you need braces depends on the design and construction. Good luck with your projects!!

PS - cats just love a little platform on top they can sit on.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by ShanghaiC
Thank you all for your great ideas, pictures of the end result will be very helpful.

Dawnofsierra - do you know how the attached the logs to the base, she never mentioned that in her step by step instructions??

Thank you again
I made a scratch post out of a tree log. I used a 4 inch wood bolt to attach it. I used a piece of 1 inch thick plywood that was 18" square for the base, drilled a hole in the center and screwed it into the log. I covered the bolt with duct tape to prevent scratches on the floor. The tree log that I used was about 3 feet tall and about 4-5 inches in diameter. I wrapped the top foot or so in sisul, which I attached with hot glue and large head nails. It's not as pretty as the one earlier, but it does the job.

I also made a 6 foot tall tree with shelves and used a much larger base (28") with angle braces to hold it upright.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
I made a scratch post out of a tree log. ....
Yes!! Yes!! That's what I want to do too -- I saved a nice section of branch that came down in a windstorm. How did your kitties like it when you put it out for them to scratch?
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by coaster
Yes!! Yes!! That's what I want to do too -- I saved a nice section of branch that came down in a windstorm. How did your kitties like it when you put it out for them to scratch?
They absolutely loved it. They were always scratching on the firewood that we had next to the fireplace and the outdoor ferals scratch on the trees. If you have to prune a large branch off a tree, always save the wood for the kitties!
post #13 of 20
You could nail the base into the bottom of the tree in several places. Be sure that if you use an outside log that its free of insects. You don't want to bring in extra critters
post #14 of 20
I think it's a good idea to leave a branch sit outside for a year. The wood dries out and the critters die. So you don't have to worry about sap or bugs in the house.
post #15 of 20
Here's mine. Like I said, the edges of the carpet are fraying and you can kind of tell. It's really the perfect size. As you can see, it's about twice the size of a regular store bought scratching post. My dad made the little platform on top, and they really like that.

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post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
These ideas are great thank you guys.

I wonder if carpet is sufficient, because I doubt if I can find sisal rope???/
post #17 of 20
It depends on the cat's preference. Some prefer carpet, some prefer sisal, some prefer something else.
post #18 of 20
I made two cat scratching posts, one for me and one for my mother's house. It was very straight-forward, but took a surprising amount of time and surprisingly expensive sisal rope.

Be absolutely positive you do not buy "pressure-treated" wood; this wood is good for outside because the chemicals (put into the wood in a pressure treatment) will prevent the wood from decaying. This wood is bad for your cats to play with, because these same chemicals will hurt your cats. Just buy cheap, untreated wood.

I nailed two 2X4's together and wrapped sisal rope around it, keeping the sisal snug by nailing it in with staples, and put this on a base about 1.5 by 2 feet. The base is big enough if the post is stable when you swat it on the side with your hand. The cats love the scratching posts (even my mom's rescued declawed cat uses hers, oddly enough).

However, I recently bought a very cheap kitchen table with skinny, untreated wodden legs. My cats prefer these legs to the scratching post I made them, and it's actually cheaper! So, depending on the cat, just nailing any piece of untreated wood onto a base will work. If you have a concrete or otherwise invulnerable floors, you can also just grab any log or branch or piece of wood and just let the cats play with it. You may not have commerically available sisal rope in China, but I'll bet you've got plenty of natural fiber matts, and probably many kinds of natural fiber ropes. You can just wrap any fiber mat to a post; that will be much easier than wrapping rope, and should work very well.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Enuja
... You may not have commerically available sisal rope in China, ....
Heh, that's probably where our sisal rope is made.
post #20 of 20
your profile says you live in Shanghai ? You should be able to find sisal/hemp rope near the harbour where they sell supplies for boats and ships ?

I will make my own cat-tree this winter. The trees which I see in the shops are way flimsy and cost a fortune. They fall over when someone walks past, I can't see my cats being comfortable with them.....
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