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Cat Scratching Post Plans: How to Make a Cat Scratching Post
Cat Scratching Post Plans: Cats just love to scratch. They scratch to mark their territory, to keep their claws sharp, and just because it feels good. Scratching is instinctive and part of their natural behavior. And cats tend to scratch where ever it pleases them - sofas, chairs, doors and kitchen cabinets -- they scratch up just about any piece of expensive woodwork. Since you can't stop a cat from scratching, try giving them a cat scratching post to use.
Our cat insists on scratching the woodwork around our house. The soft pine door jambs are her favorite, and she left her claw marks everywhere. When sisal, cardboard and carpeted scratching posts didn't interest her, I made this scratching post from some old boards. The top lifts off, revealing an area to fill with catnip for luring your cat to the post. While our doors and furniture still get the occasional clawing, the wood scratching post takes its fair share of abuse.
Constructed from a couple of old salvaged pine and weathered cedar boards, the plans for this cat scratching post features a compartment at the top to fill with catnip. When one corner or side of the post gets torn and shredded, simply turn the scratching post around to expose a fresh edge. After the wood is ripped to shreds and worn out, it's easy and and inexpensive to make another cat scratching post from pieces of scrap wood.
The 36" height of the scratching post is high enough to allow our cat to stretch up and out to her full length for a "maximum scratch". If your cats are larger, you can easily make the post higher by extending the length of the side boards. Build several for different areas of your home and let your kitty scratch away!
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How To Make A Cat Scratching Post
Cat Scratching Post Plans:
Cut a " thick board into the following parts:
Part A (front and back) 36" L x 5" W each
Part B (sides) 36" L x 3" W
Part C (Base) 10" L x 10" W
Part D (Lid) 6" L x 6" W
Part E (Top) 4" L x 4" W
Part F (Inserts) 3" L x 4" W (quantity of 3)
Assembly: Start the assembly of the scratching post by making the square column. Using one of the inserts (Part F) as the bottom for column, line up the end of a side sections (Part B) to the insert, and attach using finishing nails.
Attach the second side piece to the opposite site of the insert, forming the bottom of the post and two uprights for the column.
Center the front (Part A) between the sides, allowing for a 1/8" overhang (known as a reveal) and nail the front to both of the side pieces. The reveal forms a recessed corner, which looks good and the cats find interesting to scratch.
Repeat this process with the back section (Part A), forming a rectangular box.
Slide one of the inserts (Part F) down into the open end of the box, about halfway down. This will form the bottom of the compartment for adding catnip. Measure and mark the location of the insert, and nail into place.
Drill several small holes on all four sides, just above the insert to allow the aroma of the catnip to escape and attract kitty's attention. Before drilling, layout the hole positions to create an attractive pattern. Attach the post assembly to a large base (Part C). The cat scratching posts should stand upright and stable.
Center the remaining insert (Part F) onto the underside of the lid (Part D), and nail into place. Then center the top (Part E) onto the top side of the lid, and secure with nails. The completed lid should fit snugly onto the top of the cat scratching post.
Sand all of the edges smooth to remove any splinters or burrs, add catnip to the compartment, and place the posts in areas where your cats like to scratch.
Important Tip: Make sure that the cat scratching post is stable and secure. If the post tips or wobbles when a cat tries to stretch out and scratch, then the cat won't use it. When I first built this scratching post, the base was too small and our cat pushed it over.
To correct an unstable scratching post, try using a larger base (Part C). I added a larger plywood base to the scratching post, and attached a scrap of carpet to the top of the extended base. Our cat stands on the carpeted base, and then reaches up for a good scratch.
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