After looking around for cat scratching posts, I realized I might as well just make my own. Vector is a good kitty and already knows to use the cat scratchers instead of the couch. Turns out they actually prefer something with a bit more roughness than your furniture. He has one little cardboard scratcher that he carries around with him and sets down to scratch and then moves around and chases.
I got him that one at the dollar tree. If only the big trees were as reasonably priced. The biggest complaint I have read online about cat scratching towers is that they arenâ€™t heavy enough to withstand much cat scratching. They seem to be mostly made out of cardboard and just donâ€™t have much heft. I took up the job of making my own. I used 3â€ PVC which we had lying around. I hot-glued sisal rope to the pvc and attached the PVC pipe to a plywood base with PVC toilet flange.
I cut a hole in a scrap of carpet and slid it over the PVC and continued wrapping the rope to cover up the flange. I affixed the carpet to the plywood with a trusty staple gun.
I dropped some brick pieces into the PVC for some added heft. For the top of the tree, I have the PVC cut at an angle.
At first I didn’t know what to put on the top of the post but then I saw Design Sponge has a great little tutorial on cardboard scratching pads.
I modified it a bit to make this kind of whimsical tree shape. So far Vector loves it.
Making these cat toys is so fun. They are quick and you always have a willing recipient. Now we just need to patch all the holes in the house so Vector can take full control of his domain.
Sarah (and Vector)