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Want To Make a Cat Scratching Post?
If you are owned by a cat – you will need to provide your cat with a cat tree. There are a lot of great reasons to have one. And if you don’t already have one, then what better way to get one than make a cat scratching post yourself! This page covers DIY info on making your own versatile scratchers and other equipment for your cat(s).
Whether you live in an apartment and need to find one that will not take up a lot of space. Or you have a kitten that cannot climb the larger cat trees just yet… Or maybe you have an older cat that doesn’t get around as well as it used to … Making a cat tree yourself is a great idea. If you are handy with a tool or two, (and even if you are not) then you can save hundreds of dollars by making unique cat furniture pieces, yourself.
Why To Make a Cat Scratching Post?
If you have been looking to buy a cat scratching post, then you will know that a decent one will cost anywhere up to $500 and sometimes even more. So by making it yourself, not only are you saving yourself a lot of money, but you can design your cat tree to fit in with your home and your furnishings. You will probably be able to make a much bigger and fancier cat tree – than what you would be able to afford if you bought one brand new.
A lot of the cheaper scratching posts you can buy simply do not stand up to the demands of an active cat (or two) for very long. The joints are often badly done, and the fittings are cheap and poor quality. The joints and fittings need to be properly done to ensure your scratching post provides benefit for your cat for years to come. And to make sure they are safe.
That is why it is so great to learn how to make a cat scratching post yourself. Once you have this knowledge, then you can mix and match the ideas you come up with – into your own wonderful and unique designs.
There are a just few basic details you need to learn, to ensure the cat trees you build are very strong, and will stand up to the harsh treatment from your cat’s claws. Often when cats “get the zoomies” they will hit their scratching post on the run, and land on it fast, so you need to make sure it is very stable and sturdy.
The tips I have laid out in this page will, help to prevent mistakes, and also save you a lot of time and energy. They are based on time tested construction principles and on arrangements that cats really enjoy, and therefore will use.
Your cat scratching tree does not need to made of expensive materials.You can also get most of the construction materials for next to nothing, or even free. So you can really go wild and experiment! This article will show you how it is possible to make a cat scratching post by spending very little or even at no cost at all. Also check out my article here. I am sure that your kitty will love to help you while your are putting the cat tree together for her too 🙂
Consider All Aspects of Your Cat Tree Design
The first step is to make a drawing of your cat scratching post. How do you want it to look? Visit my article Cat Tree Designs for lots of inspiration.
Decide how many tiers you want it to have, and any other spaces like cat condo style enclosed areas. Get your creative juices flowing, and experiment with the design to make it unique. Make sure it is going to fit into the spot where you want to keep it. Choose the color of the coverings to fit your home and furniture.
Maybe you want a really natural cat tree? Then you could choose to use some wood parts of the scratching post. Nothing more natural than that!
Next, have a really good look at your design and see if it has the basic elements of a really good cat scratching post. Things like, are the post parts long enough for your cat to really stretch out? And long enough to hang her weight off of her claws (cats seriously love to do that). If you have the room consider making one post really tall, so that she has to climb and claw her way to the top.
Are the posts going to be carpeted completely? Make sure the different tiers are easy to access, so you cat doesn’t get stuck up high with no easy way down. Shelves should lead one to the next easily.
Have you included places where your cat can sleep and lounge? They love their sleeping places to be way up, and the higher the better – as long as it is safe.
Get Your Materials
Next, based on your drawing, figure out exactly what materials you will need to build the cat tree. Some of the items may be carpet remnants, fake fur, carpet tubes, scrap wood and posts, sisal rope and wood screws. You might also like to find a few tough cat toys to hang from appropriate places. And catnip to spray or rub onto the cat tree will be delighted in by most cats.
Most of your materials can be gathered together for free. Have a look around the house, check out your garage, ask neighbors, and visit some local carpet stores to see if they have remnants that are to be tossed out. Low cost items can also be obtained at second hand or junk shops.
After getting all your materials together, check you have access to the following tools: hammer, wood saw, hand held drill, staple gun and staples, pencil, measuring tape, wood glue, wood screws and maybe nails.
Get To Work!
It is best to start to making a cat scratching post from the base and work upwards. Attach the scratching poles firmly to the base and wrap them with either carpet or sisal rope. Then you can attach any sleeping shelves and perches that you have decided on for your cat’s enjoyment. Make sure the whole thing is solid and sturdy.
Once your cat tree is all completed, have a check over it for safety. Look for any loose parts, sharp bits, wood splinters, sticking out nails, staples and such-like that could hurt your cat.
Dress Up Your Homemade Cat Tree!
Yay! All finished and now is the time to go crazy with attaching your cat toys! You might also like to rub it or spray it with catnip for an extra special touch. Then introduce your kitty to her brand new cat scratching post and get her opinion on your hard work.
All in all, to make a cat scratching post is relatively easy and your cat will enjoy years of entertainment and pleasure!
And, if you want to avoid some of the pitfalls and make sure your cat scratching post is well built and will last for years, have a look at the videos I have selected on building your own homemade scratching post.
This first video is how to make a simple, attractive yet sturdy cat tree. It is an excellent starter video, if you are new to this whole “cat tree building” business …
This second video shows how to make a cat scratching post, that is a great piece of cat furniture. One both you and your cat will love having inside your home. It shows the basics of building your own cat tree, and you can take the ideas and use them to make your own custom cat tree. All the materials used came from scraps the guy had laying around in his garage.
Start A Cat Tree Business!
Why not start yourself up a little home Cat Tree business offering your beautiful, well made and sturdy cat trees for sale. As every cat owner needs at least one cat tree in their home, you should not have any problem selling them. Places to check out would include local markets and pet stores. Local retails would most likely be very interested in a reasonably priced and locally made cat furniture supplier.
One great suggestion would be to offer your cat trees for sale on a commission basis to animal rescue centers. They will be able to put a little extra on top of your price to make some income for themselves. As rescue centers have a constant stream of new cat and kitten owners, this would be a great way to get a head-start on a your building a cat tree business. And you will also be helping the rescue center financially.
Another idea for sales is to contact any local cat breeders. Often, they have kittens buyers that would like a “one stop shop” and a breeder may be interested in either buying a few cat trees from you outright – or selling them on commission for you.
If you look around, you should also be able to source materials for your cat trees that are extremely cheap or even free, making your profits even bigger. Check out local carpet stores who often have last years sample mats that are to be thrown out. And carpet laying businesses always have leftover pieces from their installations. Or check out your local recycling center, or even Craigslist
Best of luck in making your cat tree, and please come back and let us know how it went!