By Amya Greenfield. Cat Scratch. Published at Wednesday, May 09th, 2018 - 03:28:35 AM.
What You’ll Need : Tree Log – Recommend using a hardwood like Oak, Maple or Redwood with the bark intact. The log should be at least 2 inches in diameter and around 3 feet in length. We’re repurposing a Walnut limb that came down in a storm. Scrap Wood for Base - We’re using ¾-inch plywood at least 16 inches square. Just make sure it’s non-toxic and unfinished.
Scratching - All cat tree houses come with scratching posts that double as the columns that hold the various platforms. Some have curvy slide-like scratching surfaces or scratching ramps. Most scratching surfaces are covered in sisal, however, some are covered in carpet. Whatever the size or shape of the scratching surfaces, cats love them and you'll love that your furniture is not the recipient of said scratching.
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!).
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.
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