DIY Scratch Post: Build It and Keep Your Furniture From Getting Torn Up!
Are you ready to learn how to build a DIY scratch post? First of all, let’s establish a key fact: all cats are driven to scratch. It’s simply a normal aspect of being a feline. It should not be seen as a willful act of disobedience that they should be punished for.
In addition to being a form of stress relief for them, It is the way they instinctively mark their territory both visually and by emitting scents from their claws detectable to other cats.
Will Your Cat Use The Scratching Post?
According to cat expert Pam Johnson-Bennett, when you punish your cat for scratching, their need to scratch does not go away. They will simply do it when you aren’t looking. Therefore, you should consider the places in your house where the cats like to spend a lot of time in. These are the best places to put your DIY scratch post after it’s completed.
Aside from marking territory, cats also really like to scratch because it gives them nice exercise and stretches to their muscles. Additionally it helps them shed their old nails and allow newer and stronger ones to grow.
Lastly, placing one scratch post for multiple kitties is not ideal. This is because if a cat finds that another cat has scratched there, they may not. It’s a signal of dominating the territory. Therefore, if you have more than one cat in the house,each of them needs their own post. Thats why making your own is a great idea.
Build a Cat Scratching Post
In this video, we will learn how to build a simple cat scratching post with: sisal rope, a 4×4, plywood, and a piece of horse stall mat (or carpet). The rough texture of sisal rope makes a satisfying scratching experience for cats.
Carpet is not ideal as it is too soft and you run the risk of their claws getting stuck in the loose fibers. Be sure to make the height according to the measure of your cat’s body so their stretch can be adequate.
Have fun making a scratch post for your furry friend.
Thanks to Rick Osgood for Sharing This Video on Youtube!