How to Make a Cat Scratching Post With PVC Pipe

7 Materials
2 Hours

We almost never say that a project is quick and easy, but this one actually is! We purchased the materials and made it all in a couple of hours.

Steph was fostering a cat, which took a liking to her new sofa. That wasn't going to work, so Steph came up with this scratching post idea to give her a better option other than her sofa!

Take a look at how it all came together. See the full post here.

See the entire building process in this short video.

We're using a precut piece of 3" diameter PVC pipe with matching cap, precut wood round, a bit of felt, rope and a scrap piece of wood.

We first cut a piece of felt to fit the wood round. We made it about an inch or so around larger so that we could glue the raw edges to the back. The felt is attached with spray adhesive on the front and then the edges are glued with hot glue.

On the scrap piece of wood, we traced the inside diameter of the PVC pipe. I'm cutting it on a scroll saw but a jig saw would work just as easily. This small wood round is how the PVC pipe is going to be attached to the large felt covered wood round.

The small wood round is screwed into place with two screws. We chose to put our post off-center, but it could be placed anywhere on the wood round.

The PVC pipe is put over the small wood round and screwed into place.

The rope is hot glued into place at intervals along the post. It's helpful to have a buddy to help with this process--one to wrap, and one to glue! If you want, you can paint the PVC cap to coordinate with the fabric, carpet, or felt you use.

...checking it out...well?

She likes it!

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  • Tomi
    on Sep 22, 2019

    If you -did- have a cat who likes catnip...I feel like you could drill holes in the PVC before you wrap, later add in the catnip to the center, and the scratch post will be even more alluring. ☺️💁🏻‍♀️

  • Jeanienne
    on Oct 1, 2019

    This is cool, however I would drill tiny holes and put catnip in it and then wrap it with rope, especially good for kittens learning to use the post and not yr furniture

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