Do you have a hard time choosing the perfect cat scratching post for your feline friend?
None of the existing designs match your style and you just think they all look the same?
Well, you don’t have to keep searching anymore, as we brought you a step by step guide on how to build your own cactus shaped cat scratcher.
Yes, you read that right, a cat scratcher in the shape of a cactus, which will not only save your furniture from your cat’s claws but it will also look fabulous in your living room.
As a bonus, thanks to the shape of the cactus, your cat will not only scratch it but will also love to hang from it while trying to hunt down those bright flowers from the top.
What you’ll need:
- 15 x 15 inch round plywood (the thicker and heavier the better, as it gives a stable base to the structure)
- 25 inch dia. natural sisal rope, 210 ft. long
- Green dye (for 160 ft. of rope)
- Glue sticks (warning: you’ll need lots, so the bigger the pack the better)
- Glue gun
- Green spray paint
- Electric drill
- 4 wood screws
- Stones or concrete to fill the body of the scratcher
- Fake flowers for a touch of cuteness
- 4 inch dia. plumbing pipe, 3.2 ft. long (or cut a longer one to size)
- 1 pipe lid
- 2 single tees
- 2 90° elbow pipes
- 2 3 inch polystyrene baubles
Before diving into this project, here are some extra tips that will help you build the most unique cat scratching post you’ve ever had:
You will need more glue than you might think at first, so make sure to buy a big pack.
In order for the cat scratcher to last a long time, make sure you use a generous amount of glue and wrap the rope very tightly around the pipe.
When using the textile dye or the paint spray, use gloves, otherwise your hands will turn green.
After cutting the rope, make sure to secure the ends, as it unfolds easily. Also, give enough time for the rope to soak up the liquid before rinsing it.
Once you’ve got all the things and tips needed for this project, all you have to do is to follow the step by step guide below and build your own cactus shaped cat scratcher.
After completing it, just take a step back and let your cat have fun with it while admiring your work.