Make your cat happy by giving them a sturdy scratching post. They'll sharpen their claws – without tearing up your furniture.
You Will Need
* Measuring tape
* A 4 x 4 post
* A saw
* Three 2 x 6 boards, 12-inch long
* Two 2 x 6 boards, 18-inch long
* Eight 3-inch wood screws
* A power drill with screwdriver bit
* Carpet scraps
* A staple gun
* Catnip (optional)
* A dangling cat toy (optional)
Step 1: Decide on dimension
Determine the length of your scratching post and cut the post with a saw to fit. It should be a few inches longer than the length of your cat.
Make the base sturdy enough to support the post and the weight of your cat.
Step 2: Make the first layer
Lay the three 12-inch boards side by side, so the ends are flush.
Step 3: Attach the second layer
Place the two 18-inch boards on top, crosswise. Saw any overhang so the second layer is flush with the first.
Step 4: Screw layers together
Using the power drill, screw the second layer onto the first layer with four 3-inch screws. This will serve as your base.
Step 5: Cover base
Cover the base with a carpet scrap and staple it in place.
Use short, bristly carpet, such as Berber.
Step 6: Attach post
Position the post in the center of the base and attach it with a screw on each corner. Drill the screws in diagonally, starting near the bottom of the post so that the screw makes it through both post and base.
Step 7: Cover post
Staple carpet scraps to cover the post.
Rub catnip on the post or hang a dangling cat toy from the top.
Step 8: Settle in
Settle in for hours of entertainment as your cat tears into their new scratching post.
Fact: Cats perspire through their paws.