How to make a DIY cat scratching post for my cats that they cannot destroy and also has a stylish design. Perfect for cat loving decor enthusiasts!
Hello friends! Today’s post is for all my fellow crazy cat ladies. If you have cats, you are likely familiar with ugly scratching posts. While they are necessary, they are lacking in the style department. Especially when they are falling apart after so much use. After Bridget joined my family two years ago, the cute little fluff monster promptly destroyed a scratching post. And then another, and another, and another… I finally got smart and wrapped them in rope, which she couldn’t destroy. But they were pretty ugly, ha! I searched for something pretty and quickly realized I would have to DIY my own. I started snooping around the hardware store and pretty much found everything I needed, so I went to work!
DIY Cat Scratching Post Supply List
- unfinished round wood topper
- cedar 4×4 (I got the cheapest one I could find)
- wood deck post topper (at the very top)
- wood deck post collar (at the base)
- wood glue
- 100 feet of jute rope
- epoxy to hold the rope in place
- 4 wood screws
- Bulls Eye 123 latex primer
- white semi-gloss paint (latex) (leftover from my doors and trim)
- you’ll also need a drill and drill bit
- two cats to assist, because you know they don’t think you can do it without them 😉
*I’ve linked to the items I used below.
DIY CAT SCRATCHING POST TUTORIAL
- After you’ve bought your supplies, prime and paint all of the wood pieces
- Find the center of the round base. To do this, I held the 4×4 post upright on the base and used my other hand to hold a yard stick. I kept moving the post slightly until I had the same measurement (from post to the edge of the base) on all four sides. Using a pencil, trace around the post. Don’t worry, no one will see it after you put on the collar.
- Grab your drill and a drill slightly thinner than the size of your wood screws. Drill four holes equidistant apart on your base.
- Flip the cat post upside down so it’s like a round cocktail table. Really, your just putting the base on the top face down so you can drill in the screws. Make sure you get down on all fours and look up at the “underside” to make sure your post is inside your pencil lines you made earlier.
- Without moving the top, screw the drill bit through your already existing holes in the base and into the post.
- Keeping one hand on the “tabletop”, switch out your drill bit for a drill tip and screw in your four screws.
7. Using wood glue, glue the top onto the post.
8. Also with the wood glue, glue the collar around the bottom of the base. I didn’t decide to add the collar until later, so that’s why it’s not painted. The 4×4 post will not be snug inside the collar. There’s about 1/8″ gap on all sides.
9. Using wood filler, fill in that gap.
10. Let all of that dry. Paint over the wood filler if necessary.
11. Grab your rope and epoxy. Truth be told, I thought 100 feet would be long enough to go the entire length of the 4×4 post. I was wrong. I actually made two posts and started the rope at the top on the first one. When it didn’t make it all the way down, I decided to “center” it on the second post.
12. Starting end of the rope should be nice and tight with clear tape around it. Keep the tape on! Grab your clear epoxy and get in a comfy position, but you’ll be in this position while you’re waiting for the epoxy to set while you’re holding the rope in place. I’m sure there are other glues you can use, but I had two-part epoxy on hand and used it. Good time to scroll through Instagram 😉 Any who, just use the epoxy on the first couple rows and you’ll be set. You may want to grab a rag to wipe away any drips.
13. Once the first couple rows are in place, keep wrapping and keep it tight.
14. When you get to your desired end spot, don’t cut the rope. Instead use your epoxy and glue the bottom row good and tight. Let it set and dry completely before you cut the rope. Tip – when you cut the rope, hold your scissors at a 45 degree angle, with the blades against the corner of the 4×4 post.
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I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that you feel comfortable building one for your fur children. If you have questions, post them in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!