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lila blue
« on: July 30, 2008 04:26:09 AM »

The streets in Sharm,Egypt are overrun by stray/wild cats... and dogs, for that matter. So much that some horribly cruel people (some claim it's the government) regularly drop poison to curb the numbers. Anyway, one evening, when my husband opened the front door, the sweetest little guy walked into our flat, and simply refused to return to his mommy outside in the street! So, now we have this unplanned baby to care for....

Aside from a crocheted mouse, this was my first piece of craftiness for Tinker....

I simply used an empty box, attached an aluminium foil inner tube for a pole, papermached the whole thing once to add a little strength, after which I punched a whole in the side, and filled it with some beach sand. Used some strong resin based glue to cover it with canvas, and wound some rope around the 'pole'. Crocheted a semi-ball-thingy with a bell at the bottom, and voila!

I was really worried that the whole design might be a little flimsy, as it did some wiggling around, so I added some more rope at the base, and once all the glue had dried, there was no more wiggling. A month later, and vigorous hourly attacks from the little monster, surprisingly it is fine!
 
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The base of the pole, a little blurry... I had to glue scraps of canvas to the ends of the cotton rope to prevent fraying edges.


He loves it!!
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PunkyPenguin
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008 05:03:16 AM »

Great job on the scratching pole.  It looks much sturdier than the ones you can buy at the store and your little guy is adorable.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2008 02:00:03 PM »

Amazing, especially since they run around here for upwards of $70!  Looks like it will last for years to come.  Your cat is adorable, btw.  I love his/her ears!
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lila blue
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2008 01:31:31 AM »

Thanks! The only thing I might add maybe is some type of slipcover for the canvas-covered bottom... The beautiful cream coloured canvas, that fit in so nicely with our living room colours, was not the best idea. It's getting a bit yucky!

Thankfully, he seems to be growing 'into' his ears.... Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2008 11:08:07 AM »

This looks VERY well made, excellent job!
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008 11:20:39 PM »

Brilliant!  Better made than many I'd seen in stores here, and made with love.  I'd say your little fellow chose wisely!
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008 09:42:13 AM »

You made a good job at it!
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Yukoni
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2009 04:06:34 PM »

Sad about what they do to those animals. D: But your scratching pole is great. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009 02:25:50 AM »

What an adorable little darling he is! I'm so glad he likes his scratching post. He can't be very old, looking at him - at a guess, he's nearly but not quite one. Have you any idea?
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009 05:25:11 PM »

This is great Smiley I was just thinking of making my own after I saw the prices at the local pet store. Thanks for sharing. Good job!
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