DIY Cat Scratching Post
- Cardboard Tube
Lynne Wood on Oct 04, 2017I used sisal rope to wrap the lower half of a support post in my basement ... my cats love it. Currently, for upstairs, I buy double-wide cardboard scratchers and use two screws to mount it vertically on a banged up door molding. When it gets used up, I unscrew it, flip it over, and remount. Then, when both sides are pretty well clawed up, I put the old one on the floor for a week or two (one of my cats likes it for napping), then toss it in the recycling bin. Meanwhile, I have a new one screwed to the door frame. Each one lasts about a month (using both sides) with 5 cats. The only real downside is that there's usually a lot of shredded cardboard on the floor, which makes me sweep my kitchen floor more often (that's a good thing). I'm going to keep this in mind, though, if I ever get fed up with sweeping up cardboard crumbs.
Natalie Jarnstedt on Mar 31, 2018
Instead of glue, I use duct tape and wind it around the tube on an angle with the sticky side out - it keeps the twine from loosening while I'm working, and keeps it in place when cats scratch on it. I re-twine all the purchased scratching posts - a lot cheaer than buying new ones. Cats also love to have a small platform on top of the post! I've also used large branches - cats love to scratch off the bark; once that's gone, I use the duct tape and twine to cover them. I have to improvise, keep costs down - I've been operating a cat rescue/adoption organization since 1992.