Monday, February 01, 2010

Homemade Scratching Post

Finally got around to making a scratching post for Ruby (my kitten, like duh obviously...).

Materials Used:
  • Old Jeans
  • Carpet Off Cuts
  • Basketball and Vs. Cards
  • Unused CD Rack
  • Cellotape
  • Gladwrap
  • Nails
  • Coat Hanger
  • Bungy Cord
  • Staples
Tools Used:
  • Hammer
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors
  • Blood and Sweat

This is an old CD Case that has been sitting there for years. Took it apart to use the large board as the base of the scratching post.

Pile these things together into "bricks" and cellotape them. Once you have your bricks, pile them into two even piles (make sure your bricks are the same helps). Cellotape them all together and then gladwrap it a few times.

This is what it looks like afterwards.

The bottom of the "stack" is the CD board with carpet over the top and stapled in using the staple gun.

I then had to make sure that the stack was in the middle of the board. Turned it upside down and then nailed it. The stack of cards is a lot harder to nail in than normal wood, which was really surprising. I think it is because there is a bit of a cushion and my hammer hits were just being absorbed.

After it was nailed in, I cut off the legs from the jeans and just fit it onto the stack of cards. It was amazing how well it fit...lucky I guess. Both of the jeans legs are on the stack.

Once on, I stapled the top of it onto the stack.

The last thing I did was put a coat hanger inbetween the two stack of cards and then tied the bungy cord on the end of the hanger.

Day 1 Ruby only used the "toys" but I taught her to use it for scratching and she did so all by herself on Day 2!


David Chambers said...

What are the pad's storage capacity and battery life, and how long does it take to charge? (see pic 4)

Enchanté said...

As you can see it has a 22 cell battery. Has about a life time of standby time and maybe a few years of heavy use.