Build your own scratching post

2020/06/23
Build your own scratching post
With a little manual skill, you can build a climbing experience for your velvet paw.

Your velvet paw loves to climb? Or just hang out?

Then simply build your Happy Cat climbing tree for one, two or more cats. Depending on how many house tigers are supposed to fit on it. We present the climbing tree variant with two berths. Of course, depending on the fork in the branches and berths, you can also build the climbing tree for more cats.

But always pay attention to your safety and the safety of your four-legged friend!

Level: demanding

Duration: about 4 hours

You need:

  • Thick branch as a base for the climbing tree (height approx. 1.60 m, diameter at least 15 cm below)

  • A thick board as a base plate (at least 5 cm thick, dimensions approx. 70 x 70 cm)

  • 2 thin boards as lying surface (approx. 2 cm thick)

  • Sisal rope for claw scraping (length approx. 20 m)

  • 2 nails (length approx. 3 cm, head diameter approx. 0.5 cm)

  • Approx. 5 wood screws (diameter approx. 8 cm)

  • Wide angle for attaching the lying surfaces (3 x 3 x 3 cm)

  • Remnants of fabric as a cover (suitable for the base plate and the lying surfaces)

  • Lopping shears large / small

  • Drill with bit (alternatively screwdriver)

  • Hand tacker

  • hammer

  • Jigsaw

  • chainsaw

  • Protective clothing (safety glasses, cut protection clothing, safety shoes)

Step 1: prepare your base stem

Material: thick branch, chainsaw, pruning shears large / small

Find a thick branch with 2 to 3 crotches. This serves as the base stem, the basis for your cat tree. The lying areas for your darling come into the crotch.

Saw the branch off the tree and use pruning shears to remove unnecessary branches and remove sharp edges. Cut the log to the desired height. 1.60 m are ideal to integrate two levels for your room tigers.

Attention: All cut edges must be straight. This is the only way the climbing tree and the different levels are straight at the end. It works best with a spirit level.

Step 2: Wrap your base trunk with sisal rope

Material: sisal rope, 2 nails, hammer, basic trunk

Fix one end of the sisal rope at any point on the base or a branch of the cat tree with a hammer and nail. The lower area, just above the base plate, is ideal here. Wrap the trunk tightly with the rope so that it cannot easily slip. Finally, nail the other end of the rope to the trunk / branch. So your velvet paw has something to sharpen its claws.

Step 3: attach and cover the base plate

Material: Thick branch, thick board, screws, fabric, drill / screwdriver, hand tacker

Place the base trunk in the middle of the thick board that will serve as the base plate (where the trunk will later be screwed on). Now draw the outline of the end of the tree with a pencil (it is best to run the pencil close to the trunk, all around). Then drill three holes in the middle of this area so that they form a triangle.

Attention: the spacing of the holes should be chosen so that they are not too close together, otherwise the desired stability is missing. Keep a distance of at least 1 cm from the marked edge. Otherwise you run the risk of the screws breaking out of the trunk.

Now cover the base plate with fabric. To get the size of the fabric, measure the board and add an additional 10 cm. The fabric can be fixed with this excess fabric. Place the fabric on the visible top of the plate, turn it over and tack the edges of the fabric on the underside. At the corners you can fold both edges firmly over each other and also tack on. Alternatively, you can also pull a fabric tube over the board and fix it. So you just have to close the two fabric openings and staple it to the base plate. Now screw the trunk to the base plate through the previously drilled holes in the base plate with the drill and a suitable bit insert or screwdriver.

Et violà: the basic structure of your climbing tree is already in place.

Step 4: attach and cover the lying surfaces

Material: thin boards, fabric, foam, screws, wide angle, drill, hand tacker

Cover the thin boards that are to be used as lying boards with fabric. This works like the base plate in step 3. Then screw the boards to the branch fork. If the boards are still shaking, you can also fix them to the main trunk with a wide angle. Now your climbing experience for your fur nose is ready.

Tip: You can either set up the climbing tree free-standing (if it is sufficiently stable) or attach it to a wall to increase the stability. This is advisable, especially for large or heavy cats, and even wild house tigers cannot knock the tree over.

What you can also do

Not all boards need to be covered. You can also just use the natural wood without cover. The advantage of the fabric is that it is cuddly for your cat and the cat cannot slide off easily. You can also cover other boards and fix them on the wall. So your cat has more berths and above all many climbing opportunities. If you have more cats, feel free to expand the tree or choose a larger trunk. Small baskets can also be used or a sleeping box can be screwed on. Alternatively, a sleeping pillow could be fixed with Velcro to make it easier to wash.

Of course you can also use your cat's favorite toy. A cat fishing or a hanging Happy Cat mole will surely make you happy. To brush off the fur, just use our Happy Cat lint roller.

Your creativity knows no limits.

Have fun!