I built this scratching post about 8 years ago, which
gets used so much I've had to replace the carpet 4 or 5 times since.
The trick is to make the post evenly balanced on top and bottom so that
it does not tip when used, because felines hate unstable platforms and as
a result the post will be avoided like a dog...
It just happens Kiki likes to sit on the top and munch
his catnip, but only there. When the catnip comes out, he immediately runs
to his post telling me to hurry up, "I need it." Kiki, who likes
his claws where they are, has never used any of the furniture for sharpening
I've always used a good quality carpet remnant, (stain
release type) for the post, so it doesn't need replacing for about 2 years,
and it won't shred easily.
Simple materials and construction
- (#1) 1 piece 18"x22"x3/4" or 5/8" plywood
- (#2) 1 piece 4"x4"x24" fence post (any type of wood)
- (#3) 1 piece 18"x24"x3/4" plywood
- (#4) 2 pieces 1"x3"x24" pine
- (#5) 10 3" x #8 wood screws (5 for top, 5 for bottom)
- (#6) 7-1/4" in from edge of bottom platform (5-1/4" in for
- (#7) 3-1/2" in from back edge of bottom platform (same for top)
- (#8)10 1-1/4" x #6 wood screws (5 each side, evenly spaced)
You will need these tools:
Drill with bits
Staple gun (I use the long staples)
Sharp utility knife for cutting carpet
Pencil or marker for carpet lines
Assemble as in drawing, gluing all
screwed together surfaces. Cover all exposed wood with carpet and staple
Approximate carpet sizes:
Top: 28"w x 36"d
Post: 24" h x 18" w
Bottom: 36" w x 36" w
In total, approximately 3 square yards of carpet and about 2
- 3 hours to construct.
If you have problems, please email
me I'll be happy to help.
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