|Project by awlee||posted 11-12-2013 01:36 PM||1011 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Build a scratching post so enticing that our cat will prefer to use it rather than our sofa for his daily nail removal habits.
Cheap but tough wood, and replaceable parts, especially the portions that may get worn from scratching. It must be as tall and wide as the section of the sofa that the cat has come to like, and its base must be wide enough to withstand vigorous kitty grooming.
Pic #1: Have you been to a pet store recently and checked out the prices of scratching posts? Wow, the wallet can take a hit. Or seen the offerings of cat furniture? They look like carpeted jungle gyms and hardly match most furniture in the house. I found some cheap pads made of thick twine, the kind of thing that a cat can dig his nails into, and just the right height and width. I built a base and an upright support in which to insert them. The pads are placed vertically and pitched at the same angle as our sofa. I added a stop on the base in order to keep the pads from moving during kitty grooming, or moving just enough to simulate the pliability of sofa fabric. The wood is ash from the scrap bin in the workshop, and it is finished with Danish oil.
Pic #2: In order to attach the pads to the post, I made cleats for the backsides of the pads, drilled holes through them, and then made some oak dowels to attach the cleats to the support. They’re easy to remove, and the pads can be quickly replaced. In order to make the pads more enticing than the sofa, I rubbed the twine with catnip. A LOT of it. There’s so much of it that any normal cat might fall in love with the post.
Pic #3: Is the new scratching post working? Does kitty prefer the sofa or the scratching post? The jury is still out.