Build a Cat Scratch Post

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You may have wondered, “Why does my cat scratch?” In fact, cats scratch to sharpen their nails and to keep them in good shape. They also like to scratch to mark their territory-the scent glands in the paws of a cat release scent when it scratches, helping to mark its territory. Of course, if you have more than one cat as pet, they might each want to mark their own individual territory.

If you do not have a cat scratch post, cats tend to destroy your furniture. In order to avoid this, you can always buy or build a cat scratch post. There are a number of cat scratch post designs to choose from depending on your skills and budget.

If you want a cat scratch that is simple and cheap, you can take a piece of wood and wrap it with sisal rope (try to avoid using carpet because if your kitty thinks carpet is okay to scratch on the post, s/he will think it is okay to scratch it on your stairs, in your bedroom, etc). You can put it across the wall and rub a bit of catnip on it, in order to persuade your cat to use it.

You can also make more of a post – take plywood and cut it into even pieces to make a post (or you might consider buying a post at your local hardware store) and then wrap sisal rope around it to build a cat scratch post. Use plywood to make the base strong – if your post tips over, it might frigthen your kitty and discourage them from using it. Nail the plywood to the post and use glue to wrap the rope tight and secure around the wood. You should nail the beginning and end of the rope to make it secure. 

Let it dry and rub catnip on it. Your cat will happily use it for scratching and leave your furniture in peace. Your cat could take time accepting its new scratch post, so do not force your kitty to use it but act with patience and reward your kitty when it starts using it.

You can also always just buy one online. 

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  1. Thanks for sharing this info on cat scratching posts. I think every cat should have at least one place where they are allowed to scratch. They need to! I would also add that when they stretch and sharpen their claws, it’s good for their overall muscle tone. Keeps them healthy for life! (It’s a big reason why they need their claws 🙂

    I’m glad I’ve found your site! I think there are a lot of similarities between Maine Coons and Ragdolls, especially personality and affection!

    1. Carrie, I agree that cats should keep their claws. And agree that they should have one place to scratch. Mine, however, have multiple places to scratch in hopes that they don’t scratch anything else. My favorite scratcher is the – do your cats have a favorite that is therefore your favorite?

      Yes, I agree that Maine Coons and Ragdolls have similiarities in personality, affection and in size! Maine Coons are gorgeous!

      1. Hi! We’ve had the same scratching post for years, now. We also have a hanging style one. And the cats like to go to town on the exposed beams in the basement, too 🙂

        The one you mentioned above looks great! I’ll keep it in mind for when we need a replacement!

        Your cats are totally gorgeous, too, by the way!

      2. Do you know who makes the scratching post that your kitties like?

        Thanks for the compliments about Charlie and Trigg!

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