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kitschykoo
« on: May 15, 2004 10:30:35 PM »

 Cats need to Scratch. To give my two 20lb cats an alternative to furniture, I would love to make a sleek mod catscratcher. I am thinking nice bright pink, green , and yellow carpet. I mean if I have to have this thing I want it to look cool. Plus my two cats are design snobs and they won't scratch just anything, ( which is why they went for our sal-al turqoise leather couch! but don't worry, I have another crafty plan to fix that) I am pretty confident that I can come up with some kind of tube shape from oversized PVC that I can cut holes in to, or Perhaps I can make a mod boxy thing out of MDF and then cover the whole thing with carpet and upholstry staples. It is the anchoring thing that escapes me. These two giant felines are 20lbs a piece and are active like kittens. Has anyone ever built their own cat scratcher? Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a cat scratcher sturdy? I do not want to bolt it to the floor or anything. Thanks! 
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poorlittlefish
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2004 01:30:21 PM »

I was going to attempt to make my own scratcher but after adding up all the costs it got pretty spendy. I just bought one at a Pet Store but I bet you could buy one already made and just re-cover it in whatever carpet you want.

Beware, as I learned the hard way, the more effort you put into it, the higher the likelyhood that your cat will hate it.

Picky little creep....anyways, good luck!
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schquimpy
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2004 09:41:49 AM »

could you put sandbags on the inside of the box and tubing? or maybe buckets or cans of sand? i know they make curtain weights, but i'm not sure how heavy they get or exactly where to get ahold of them. they make enormous ones for theatre curtains though. good luck with the cats! they always find the one thing you don't want damaged and then dig their teeth into it. if they weren't so cute...
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Shadowhand
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2004 12:08:13 PM »

My brother made his cat a scratching post. He just picked up some scrap wood, nailed it into a T shape (and nailed that into a flat square of wood as the base),  wrapped an old piece of carpet round it and hung little balls from the arms of the T. The cat loved it but then, it was only a kitten.

I think the carpet covered MDF box attached to a flat square base would work. You could then fill the inside of the 'box' with sand or whatever to weight it (and then use another piece for the 'lid' of the box so if the scratcher does fall over, sand wouldn't gp everywhere. You could also add some catnip to the sand so the cats would scratch the post trying to get into the catnip! Smiley.  You could probably also use a sand filled box as the base for extra weight.

If you need extra stability for the post, you could attach more carpet-covered wood to the base and the post at a 45 degree angle e.g...

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kitschykoo
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2004 08:54:53 PM »

Yes, I thought I would have had time this summer for this project, but no luck.  I did look at ready available cat scratchers and cat trees though. They are just made from dense cardboard tubing and then staple gunned to a heavy wooden base.. I think if you got the cardboard tubes that are used for pouring cement into in order to make posts and rail and such, you could cut holes into them with a hand held jig saw and cover the tubes with some nice pink shaggy carpet. Maybe even the base could have a dense cement or concrete cast  in the bottom of them and then covered with a foam cushion and upholstered with some more pinky carpet. You could use those cork covered mdf inserts that are used as plant coasters to make diifferent floors inside the kitty kat castle.
i can't wait until someone with more time and skill than me figures this out!
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dahlea
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2004 10:17:15 PM »

My dad made a whole cat house for my cats (lucky them!) unfortunately, it's at his house so no pics. But what he did is used the cardboard tubing that is inside rolls of carpet (you can find outside any carpet place! He wrapped really thick twine/rope around them and nailed in place. Then used plywood to make "levels" and covered with superglued or hotglued felt. Try these, it held up pretty well for my cats being crazy!
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