By Alexa Parr. Cat Scratch. Published at Wednesday, June 06th, 2018 - 18:41:25 PM.
How to Make It: You’ll want the scratcher to be at least as long as your cat from the tip of his or her nose to the tip of the tail. This way, it will be tall enough for her to get a good stretch. We measured ours at 34 inches to leave a little extra. DIY scratch sawing - To make sure the log stands straight and firm on the base, use your saw to make a nice straight at both ends of the log.
Cats love to scratch. This is a well-known fact amongst cat owners and can be a source of headache for people who are tired of having their living room furniture destroyed. But why do cats scratch and what can be done about it? Scratching is a natural and instinctive behavior for cats and it serves several purposes. First, it helps to keep the claws in good condition as it helps to remove the dead, outer layer of the claw - think of it like exfoliation for cats. Also, by digging its claws into something, this enables a cat to fully stretch it muscles (which is, apparently, very important after a long, hard day of lying around doing nothing!).
Cat climbing trees are also a good place to interact with your cat. Playing is easier in that you can do this standing up, as well as having the added benefit of the tree getting the claws and not your hand. The more 'places' your tree has, the more games you can get kitty to play. Cat climbing trees are an investment that will help save your furniture from industrious claws and add a new dimension to your relationship with your furry friends.
DIY scratch prepping screws - Center the log on the top of the base and finish driving the screws home until the log is secured. Your scratcher is ready for action. Consider placing gripper furniture pads on the bottom to protect the flooring in your home. DIY scratch attaching log - Initially, your cat may be tentative to the presence of this new element to your home. So be patient and reward to reinforce positive interactions until he or she gets the hang of it.
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