How To: Make a cat scratching post

Make a cat scratching post

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.

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