Last Updated: April 9, 2021
Most cats have an innate need to use their claws for scratching, clawing, and kneading. If we do not provide them with their own furniture to scratch and claw, ours will get ruined pretty quickly. Making your cat a scratching post can put worries of ruined furniture behind you once and for all.
Not only will a scratching post keep your cat from ruining your furniture, but it will also help keep them active and physically strong as they age, which can prevent problems like heart disease and obesity. Luckily, there are many fun and effective DIY ideas that you can use to make your own cat a custom scratching post that they will enjoy using every day. Here are five ideas that you may be interested in.
1. A Basic Slanted Scratching Post
This basic slanted scratching post is perfect for kittens and older cats that do not engage in much running or jumping from different heights. All you need is a piece of 1×4 or similar lumber, a saw, nails, and carpet or rope to get started. Cut the lumber in two pieces so one piece is only about 6 inches to 1 foot in length. Nail the short piece on the end of the long piece of lumber to create a lip or stand.
When placed on the ground, the long piece should be slightly elevated off the ground. Wrap the long piece of lumber with old carpeting or any kind of rope, and glue the ends together so the lumber stays completely covered. You can paint the exposed wood, decorate it with stencils, or leave it plain, depending on your preferences.
2. A Single Post Rope Scratcher
This single-post cat scratcher can be made out of a piece of scrap 4×4 and a piece of plywood cut into a small square of at least 12 inches x 12 inches in size. Nail one end of the 4×4 to the plywood base to create the stand. Both the plywood base and the 4×4 stand can be covered for scratching. Consider covering the base and post with materials such as:
Cover the base with a different material than the post to provide your kitty with dual scratching and clawing options. Use basic paste or staples to attach the material so you can remove it and replace it with other options later.
3. A Dual-Scratch Post
Cats like variety, and this dual post scratcher is sure to satisfy their innate yearning to put their claws to work. Just grab two 2-foot pieces of 2×4 and a piece of plywood or other thin lumber that is roughly 1.5 feet x 3 feet in size. Nail one end of a 2×4 to the edge of the plywood base, then angle the other piece of 2×4 so one end rests on the base and the other end rests on the top of the post that you have already installed.
You do not have to cover the base with any material, but you should cover both the straight and angled posts with the material of your choice so your cat can go to town when they feel like scratching, clawing, and kneading. You can hang a toy from the posts where they connect, to add even more excitement to this interactive toy.
4. A Tree Stump Post
This simple cat scratching post involves finding a base of some kind, which can be anything from a small poured concrete slab or a piece of wood to a 5-gallon bucket lid or a large piece of tile. It also involves attaching a tree stump or thick branch to the base. After the piece of a tree is covered with scratching material, it is ready for your cat to dig into.
The tree stump will likely get stripped of bark as your cat uses their new scratching post, so it is a good idea to cover as much of the tree post as possible to protect the wood and ensure long life performance. If the stump or branch is thick enough, you can attach a small 12×12-inch piece of wood on the top to provide a perching platform for your kitty to enjoy.
5. A Teepee Scratching Post
Plywood and leftover carpet are the starting points for this DIY cat scratching post. It is not really a post, but rather a teepee that offers all the excitement and interaction of a post and more. Cutting three pieces of plywood into equal sizes of about 2 feet by 2 feet each will give you the base of this cat scratcher. Glue or nail the plywood pieces together to make a teepee shape.
From there, you can cover the teepee “roof” with carpeting, cardboard, or other shreddable material and the floor inside the teepee with something soft and cuddly for your kitty to snooze on. You can paint the plywood if you want, but either way, your cat is sure to love the design, the optimal scratching space, and a hideout to spend time in.
There are many different ways to make your cat a new scratching post. You can follow any of these ideas as they are or mix and match to create a custom design based on the materials that you happen to have on hand. Or you can simply use these ideas as inspiration and come up with your own design. The options are almost limitless! We hope that you are encouraged and feel empowered to skip the store and create a DIY cat scratching post for your kitty.
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Rachael has been a freelance writer since 2000, in which time she has had an opportunity to research and write about many different topics while working to master the art of fusing high-quality content with effective content marketing strategies. She is an artist at heart and loves to read, paint, and make jewelry in her spare time. As a vegan, Rachael is obsessed with helping animals in need both in her community and anywhere in the world where she feels she can make a difference. Animals also happen to be her favorite topic to write about! She lives off the grid in Hawaii with her husband, her garden, and her rescue animals including 5 dogs, a cat, a goat, and dozens of chickens.