By Parker Nevarez. Cat Scratch. Published at Monday, June 11th, 2018 - 06:08:32 AM.
A good scratching post must be stable so that so that it won't topple over, and it should be a few inches taller than the cat. The cat should be able stand and stretch upright against the scratch post, which should be covered with rough material that has a vertical texture. Placing the post in a corner of the room where the cat likes, and sprinkling some catnip on will be even more attractive to the cat. Cats go crazy when they smell catnip. Another and even better location would be to place the scratching post where the cat originally started scratching your carpet or furnishing.
Your local pet supply store will have a variety of scratching posts from which to choose. Most are made from wood covered with carpeting. Some are made of sisal string, cardboard, or natural wood. When choosing one, make sure that it has a sturdy, side base so that your cat cannot knock it over when scratching. The post should be tall enough so that he can stand on his back feet, anchor in his front feet and claw away. Place the post near the area in which your cat normally sleeps. They like to stretch and scratch after they wake up from a nap. If you have a large home, you may want to buy a few scratching posts and place them all over the house so that your feline companion always has one nearby.
Cut your plywood base to the desired dimension. We’re using an 18-inch square carpet tile for this scratcher. Use the sand paper to smooth any rough edges. DIY scratch base saw. Using your straight edge and pencil, draw a line from corner to corner on the plywood. Repeat from the opposite corners. They will intersect in the center. Next, mark two screw locations based on the diameter of your log. Since ours was 5 inches thick, we marked our holes 3 inches apart to leave some room between the screw and the outer edge of the log.
A Carpet Square or remnant at least 16 inches square – You can get either from a home improvement or flooring store. A pencil, A staple gun or strong double-sided tape, Two (2) 3-inch wood screws, A straight edge, An electric drillscrew driver with bits and driver heads, A saw, Sand paper, Eye and ear protection. Optional: Sisal cord rope from a home improvement store. Sisal comes in a variety of widths. The wider the rope, the longer it will last. You’ll need approximately 50 feet of rope.
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