By Daphne Adame. Cat Scratch. Published at Sunday, June 03rd, 2018 - 13:06:04 PM.
Either option works well. And allows you the flexibility to replace the carpet when it wears out or you want to change the look. Peel the backing off the double sided tape and affix your carpet square to the base. Try to align the edge of the carpet square flush with the edge of your plywood base. DIY scratch carpet - Working from the bottom of the base, drive the two wood screws through the pilot holes so they just poke through the carpet on the other side.
Next, you are gong to need to entice your cat to use the scratching post. To do this, you can rub catnip all over it. The scent will spark your fur balls curiosity. Soon after he or she shows interest, the scratching should begin. If your cat is not fond of catnip, you can put some other treats on top of the post and get the same outcome. For the first week or so, every time you notice your cat is using the post, be sure to positively reinforce the behavior. Give him or her a treat, and verbally praise him or her. A quick stroke is also a great way for you to show your cat that the behavior is acceptable to you.
Cats also scratch to leave their scent via their paw pads. One problem with most traditional scratching posts is they are not tall enough for the cat to really stretch up while scratching; and even if they are tall enough, the cat would likely pull it over on itself if it tried. Anyone who owns cats knows how much they like to stretch their muscles. Cat climbing trees not only address these issues, but also typically combine textures, such as carpet, sisal, burlap and sometimes unfinished wood. This allows the cat to choose what type of surface it wants to work on.
Sleep - How many times have you "lost" your cat inside your own home? They love to hide in tight, cozy, out-of-sight places. Often you find her in the same spot. A cat tree house will give her a place of her own. Many cat trees come with at least one "cabin", or enclosed sleeping area. Some come with hammocks or perches with edges for snoozing in the open. All are carpeted or covered in faux fur or faux fleece so they are cozy for your furry little friend. Some come with removable, washable plush beds or you can add one of your own.
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