How to make a cat scratching post
Your kitten or cat is a born hunter. Scratching is a kind of body movement for cats – it stretches the muscles and helps the cat to keep fit. But if your cat starts scratching on your sofa or curtains, it’s time to consider a scratching post. A scratching post is an easy way for your cat to work out its natural aggression!
What are the requirements for a cat scratching post?
Your cat is a choosy animal! That doesn’t just apply to its food, it’s also true for a scratching post. You need to make sure the scratching post is sturdily supported, because your cat won’t use it if it’s wobbly. And the scratching post must be high enough. It’s going to be used intensively, and it needs to last for a long time.
Using the scratching post
Once you’ve made your scratching post, you’ll need to teach your cat that it can use its claws! Put the scratching post in one of your cat’s favourite places. You can make it even more attractive if you hang one of your cat’s toys on it. And if your cat still scratches at the wrong place, put the scratching post there. Once the cat starts scratching regularly on the scratching post, you can gradually move the post to where you want it.
• Plywood (22 mm)
• Sisal rope (8 mm)
• PVC pipe (Ø110 mm)
How much sisal rope do you need?
• Divide the length of the PVC pipe (in other words the final height of the post) by the thickness of the sisal rope.
• The result is the number of turns of rope that you need to cover the post.
• Measure the width (= the diameter) of the PVC pipe.
• To work out the length of rope that you need, multiply the diameter of the PVC tube by π (3.14) and then multiply the result by the required number of turns.
• Your scratching post has a diameter of 110 mm x 3.14 = 345.4 mm of rope is needed for one turn around the tube.
• The post is 1000 mm high, and you divide this by 8 mm (the diameter of the rope). That means you need 125 turns of rope.
• The required length of rope is then: 125 turns x 345.4 mm = 43.175 mm of rope.
• Divide this by 1000 to get the length in metres. This is approximately 43.5 metres. The number of turns of rope that you need is theoretically measured with the rope tightly wound, so it’s a good idea to allow at least 10% extra. In this case you’ll need around 50 metres of rope.