Cats love to scratch, so learning how to build a cat scratching post can save your furniture and carpets. While your kitty cleans and sharpens its claws, the surfaces of your home will remain intact. Train the cat to use the post by taking the animal to the post each time it tries to scratch something else. Soon, kitty will be scratching away in the designated area! Making these posts yourself allows you to add several to your home without spending much money.
You will need:
• Two 2×4 pieces of wood or a 4×4 wood post
• 2×6 wood boards
• Artificial turf or carpet
• Dangling toy or string
• Fine grit sandpaper
• Wood screws
• Staple gun
• Tape measure
Step 1: Determine the proper measurements for the post. The structure must be stable enough to withstand some heavy scratching. It should be several inches longer than the cat and have a base of approximately 18 x 12 inches.
Step 2: Sand the wood to remove any splinters.
Step 3: Attach the two 2×4 pieces of wood or use a 4×4 wood post and cut the wood to the required length with the saw.
Step 4: Create the first layer of the base by cutting three 2×6 boards to a 12-inch length. Place these boards side by side.
Step 5: Cut two 2×6 pieces to the same width as the first layer. Put these on top of the first layer, making them parallel. Use the drill and wood screws to attach the top and bottom layers of the base.
Step 6: Use the artificial turf or carpet to cover the base, using the staple gun and staples to attach it. Hammer all staples flush with the material or the cat’s claws could catch on them.
Step 7: Put the post on top of the base, centering it. Attach it to the base by drilling a single screw into each face.
Step 8: Use the staple gun and hammer to secure the scratching material to the post.
Step 9: Attach a dangling toy or string to the top of the post. Rub catnip into the fibers of the turf or carpet. These techniques will attract the cat to the structure.