When the cats moved in with me, I immediately knew I wanted to try to make a DIY scratching post for them to play around with. I personally do not really like the ones you can buy and find them incredibly expensive as well. However, I knew they needed plenty of space to scratch on. This is why my boyfriend and I set out to create our own inexpensive DIY scratching post for the cats. And because I always get asked how I made it, I thought I’d share this super easy DIY with you today.
This DIY scratching post for cats costs way less than the ones you can buy in the shops. It’s easily customizable and can be arranged in whatever way fits you and your cat best. It can be made to fit into almost any space and doesn’t need any special skills to assemble. I am very pleased with how it turned out and my cats adore it as well. What’s better than that?
How to assemble the DIY scratching post
When trying to find the perfect log for your DIY scratching post, make sure that it is fully dry, doesn’t have any parasites and secure to use in-home. There are also plenty of DIY stores that already sell pre-treated logs. This might be even more secure for your cats to use.
First, you want to make sure to find out where you want to place your DIY scratching post. Next, you’ll provisionally assemble it to see how you can make it work for the cats to go on and off. Remember that there must be enough space around the log in order for the cats to move around freely. Once you’ve found your position, you’ll need to find the perfect spot to drill your angle joint into the wall so the log is fixated and secure. As you can see on the pictures we used a bracket for this. We drilled it both into the wall and the log and arranged the wooden crate in the bottom in a way that it gives extra security to the log when the cats scratch on it.
On to the decoration
Once the log is securely positioned on the crate and drilled into the wall, it is time to wrap the sisal cord around the log. I glued the cord onto the log in various places so it won’t immediately go off when the cats scratch on it. So far, this has worked really well. The ends of the cord I tucked in and glued to the log as well. In retrospect, I could have even wrapped the entire log with the cord. However, I wanted it to also have a natural feeling to it and the cats seem to like to scratch on the bark as well.
Lastly, put a cozy blanket into your crate for the cats to cuddle into and tie a cat toy to the sisal cord. I always switch it out here. Sometimes I use a feather, other times a plush toy and then I also have a chunky rope to hang on the scratching post. My cats love climbing up the post and usually also sit on the top when they play with each other. I taught them to use it with treats hidden at the top. Sometimes they sleep inside the crate or play with each other through the slits between the wood.