If you own a cat you will need to provide your cat with a cat tree. If you are handy with a tool or two, (and even if you are not) then you can save hundreds of dollars by making a cat tree yourself. Your cat scratching tree does not need to made of expensive materials, and often, you can even find materials to build it from for free. This article will show you how it is possible to make a cat scratching post by spending very little or even at no cost at all.
The first step is to make a drawing of your cat scratching post, how you want it to look. Decide how many tiers you want it to have, and any other spaces like cat condo style enclosed areas. Get your creative juices flowing, and experiment with the design to make it unique. Make sure it is going to fit into the spot where you want to keep it. Choose the color of the coverings to fit your home and furniture.
Next, have a really good look at your design and see if it has the basic elements of a really good cat scratching post. Things like, are the post parts long enough for your cat to really stretch out, and to hang her weight off of her claws (cats seriously love to do that). If you have the room consider making one post really tall, so that she has to climb and claw her way to the top.
Are the posts going to be carpeted completely? Make sure the different tiers are easy to access, so you cat doesn’t get stuck up high with no easy way down. Shelves should lead one to the next easily. Have you included places where your cat can sleep and lounge? They love their sleeping places to be way up, and the higher the better – as long as it is safe.
Next, based on your drawing, figure out exactly what materials you will need to build the cat tree. Some of the items may be carpet remnants, fake fur, carpet tubes, scrap wood and posts, sisal rope and wood screws. You might also like to find a few tough cat toys to hang from appropriate places. And catnip to spray or rub onto the cat tree will be delighted in by most cats.
Most of your materials can be gathered together for free. Have a look around the house, check out your garage, ask neighbors, and visit some local carpet stores to see if they have remnants that are to be tossed out. Low cost items can also be obtained at second hand or junk shops.
After getting all your materials together, check you have access to the following tools: hammer, wood saw, hand held drill, staple gun and staples, pencil, measuring tape, wood glue, wood screws and maybe nails.
It is best to start to making a cat scratching post from the base and work upwards. Attach the scratching poles firmly to the base and wrap them with either carpet or sisal rope. Then you can attach any sleeping shelves and perches that you have decided on for your cat’s enjoyment. Make sure the whole thing is solid and sturdy.
Once your cat tree is all completed, have a check over it for safety. Look for any loose parts, sharp bits, wood splinters, sticking out nails, staples and such-like that could hurt your cat.
Yay! All finished and now is the time to go crazy with attaching your cat toys! You might also like to rub it or spray it with catnip for an extra special touch. Then introduce your kitty to her brand new cat scratching post and get her opinion on your hard work.
All in all, to make a cat scratching post is relatively easy and your cat will enjoy years of entertainment and pleasure!
And, if you want to avoid some of the pitfalls and make sure your cat scratching post is well built and will last for years, have a look at the Cat Scratching Post Plans here: The Best Cat Trees – Plans