I don’t know about you but we have spent all kinds of money on cat toys, scratchers and climbers, only to be donated out as our cats aren’t interested in them. We have two special needs cats that we rescued, one only has the use of three legs and the other has an injured back from some sort of accident when she was a kitten, so therefore she can‘t be brushed by hand as she is very sensitive. So my husband and I took the chance to make a Cat Scratcher/Brush that we hoped they would like. And guess what? They did! Phew!!
Time: 3 HoursCost: $8Difficulty: Easy
I jumped the gun before I took the picture and painted the bottom wood bases black. But the materials we used were, coco mat, dryer brush cleaners, barb wire fence nails, gorilla glue, jute (not shown) hammer, box cutter, and a square. If you have a brad nailer it helped to keep the edges secure.
The measurements of the wood base were 71/2 inches by 18 inches. We chose 18 inches in length as the coco mats were that wide and it save on cutting them to much. I measured from the back and used the box cutter and square to make a nice clean cut. This particular mat would make 4 scratches! Just in case you have 4 cats!
I poured the glue right on the wood and laid the coco mat on it .You may want to put a heavy object on top of them until the glue sets, we chose to use the brad nailer to secure it. No worries your cat will never reach the nails.
Before we secured the brushes I wrapped the base of the coco mat with jute and glued it with gorilla glue, this just hides the cut marks and it also looks a lot neater. They was a handle on one end of the brush so my husband used wire cutters to remove it. We bent the brush to desired shape and secured the ends with the barb wire nails.
Suggested materials for this project:
- Wood base, coco mat, spray paint, dryer brush cleaner
- Barb wire nails, hammer, gorilla glue, box cutter,sqaure