We had a new requirement for a cat scratching post.
A brief Internet investigation revealed that cats are very possessive with scratch posts, and will mark prolifically, ruling out the trusty second-hand trademe option.
However new scratching posts from pet stores look flimsy, over-priced, and unlikely able to sustain a 5kg mass leaping at it from a distance.
The only option was to build our own.
How To: Build your own cat scratching post (prototype)
- One old fencing post
- Old tramping mat
- Scrap plywood, or particle board
- Two scrap pieces of wood, each approximately 1//2m in length
- A bunch of screws
- Some old carpet and canvas
- One stray cat for testing purposes
- Assemble ingredients as per envisioned Google Sketchup plan (plan somewhat limited by user’s unmastery of sketch-up)
- Decide where to mount scratch pole branches, and chisel out the area on the central post
- Screw together prototype, and compare with what customer ordered
- Unscrew prototype, and staple carpet around central pole and branches.
- Staple old tramping mat to platforms, and line with canvas
- Screw back together, and admire final result
- Test out on random kitten
Random kitten gave post immediate approval, but this was only the prototype, and I’m now intent on building a beta version, which will be 3.3m high.