How To Build A Cat Scratching Post
Fish got to swim, birds got to fly, cats got to scratch - just make sure it's a proper cat scratching post and not your sofa! This VideoJug film will give you some hot tips on how to create a unique scratching post that will save your furniture and your sanity, and give your furry friends something to thank you for.
I'm going to give you some tips on how to build a cat scratching post. It is an entirely natural process for your cat to want to climb, scratch, enjoy itself swinging through trees like Tarzan. I currently have seven cats, five of which are Bengals, and they are particularly prone to curtain climbing, and swinging from the curtain rails, to the point they've broken three, up to the point of having this conversation.
And I'm sure they'll break some more. Your cat needs to be able to keep its claws at a sensible length, so they need to wear off the sharp points at the end. And if you don't provide them with something suitable, as most of us know, they'll start using your furniture, usually wooden furniture, and quite often, the ends of sofas, which have lovely soft covers and a fantastic wooden base underneath.
So, your job is to think about providing something that your cat will enjoy, and will learn how to keep its own claws down. Most of the cat scratching posts you'll see are fairly simple things. They'll have a base about a foot square, and a piece of wood in the middle - 2x2, 4x4 - which will be anything from a foot to two feet high.
That will be covered in rope, sisal, actually. Sisal is that very rough type of rope. It feels a bit like hessian; it's quite hairy, it hurts you a little bit to touch it, and it's ideal for cats to sharpen their claws on and take off those little sharp ends.
Otherwise, their claws will continue to grow, and will cause a problem. But you can build something that's a little bit more interesting than that, so instead of just a base with a piece of wood with rope round in the middle, you could build on from that. And I've had some clients quite recently build a fantastic one outside in their garden.
Most people seem to think of scratching posts as being something that you have to keep in your house, but if your cats go outside, you can build a little bit more of a platform type. And if you keep thinking this 'Tarzan in the jungle' idea, you could build something really fascinating. So, what you would do is you would build another base on top of the first, on top of the wood, and then another piece of wood, and a side platform, and so on.
You can add tunnels, you can add a ramp, and you can actually build it up to be almost like a little obstacle course. Now if you've got room indoors, there's no reason why you can't build that sort of thing indoors, but if your cat does go outside, or even has its own run outside, you can build something a lot more interesting and bigger outside. Now, my own cats quite like using that sisal rope.
Twisted together, three or four thick strands of it, and they use that a little bit like an assault course and simply run up where it's tied to the top of the tree. They simply run up the rope to the branch and sit on the branch. So, a little bit of imagination, platforms, good strong quality rope, you can actually build something very easily yourself that's unique.
If you make it so that you can take it apart again, you can keep restructuring it and making it more and more interesting by adding pieces and moving pieces. Cats love it, it keeps their health, temperament, keeps their claws sharp, gives them something to do, makes them a bit more tired, and therefore a bit easier to live with. .