Tip: DIY cat scratcher

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I made a DIY cat scratcher for my cat from an inexpensive jute mat I got from IKEA. I cut the mat to fit the side of my bookcase and stapled the mat to the side of the bookcase. Voila! My cat now has a scratcher that is firmly anchored. He is not that large a cat, but is an indoor cat so I guess he must be a tad over zealous when scratching, as most cat posts just fall over they are so flimsy. Now he has something substantial and is leaving my carpets (his previous scratchers) alone.

Anyone else DIY a cat scratcher??? Enjoy!
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  • Leslie Leslie on Feb 11, 2017
    Thanks for the suggestion on the sturdy cat scratcher. My cat is big and regular scratchers don't work for him. I put a piece of old wood (half of a log) on the floor for a long time and he used it. Since I have casual, old country house it worked fine. Now he is 17 and for some reason has changed his mind and is attacking the furniture. The jute mat on the bookcase sounds like something I will try for him.
    • Jamie Boyce Jamie Boyce on Feb 13, 2017
      Just a word, which you can take or leave at your discretion, but a 17 year old cat who suddenly changes behavior may be trying to tell you something. Could warrant a wellness exam at your vet.
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 13, 2017
    Thats brilliant!! I was going to buy one for my friend's new kitty, but now I think I'lll DIY one!!!
  • PamPam PamPam on Feb 13, 2017
    I made a cat scratcher using a wooden two step ladder and wrapping all the legs with jute and glueing it on. I put carpet on the top and hung steamers and babbles around for her to wack. She loves it and I can use it too when I need a short step up.
  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Feb 15, 2017
    I recently made our cats bunk beds from 2 drawers. I think I'll get a jute mat to put on one side as a scratching post and also a was to climb to the top bunk. Here's a picture of it before it was all painted. Naturally our dog had to be in the picture too lol.