I have a cat who loves to scratch. He is also a horizontal scratcher, which means he likes to get his claws into my carpets. As you can imagine, over time, my kitty is completely capable of destroying a rug.
Here’s the other dilemma: Commercial cat scratch platforms are too small. For a cat to get all the good endorphin release from scratching, he needs a few things:
- He needs to be able to streeeeeeeeeeeetch the full length of his body.
- The platform cannot move when he is scratching violently, or he will be too scared to use it.
- It has to be the perfect substrate, which is different for every cat. (great…)
- It has to show wear over time, because otherwise, how will he show everyone that this is HIS territory??
Because I love my kitty, and I couldn’t find a commercial cat scratch platform that was suitable, I decided to do it myself. And I want to share it with all of you!
Sisal rug from IKEA (or something similar), the size of a welcome mat
Scrap piece of plywood, cut a little smaller than the rug
Felt floor protectors (the kind you get for the bottom of furniture legs)
Nails (with heads)
How to DIY:
This is truly the simplest DIY I think I’ve ever done! It only took about 15 minutes to complete.
I actually trimmed the plywood myself, but if you have a small scrap you can make it work without cutting it.
Lay the sisal rug over the top of the plywood, lining up the edges. It’s okay if the rug hangs over the edges a little (like an inch or less).
Use the nails with heads to attach the rug to the plywood, spacing them evenly around the edge of the rug. Also attach the center area of the rug with a few evenly spaced nails to keep the rug from lifting too much when kitty scratches it. (Choose nails that are short enough that they won’t go all the way through the plywood and scratch your floor!).
Flip the whole thing over, and attach the felt floor protectors to the bottom of the plywood. This will keep the plywood from scratching your flooring when it moves around a little.
Place platform in your kitty’s favorite spot, and let him go at it! You can entice your cat to scratch on the platform by sprinkling it with catnip or treats, and/or spraying the surface with feline pheromones (such as Feliway).
I hope your kitty enjoys this DIY project as much as mine does. Please share pictures of your projects with me; I’d love to see them!