DIY scratch post for your cat

DIY Scratch Post for your cat

We all know most cats love scratch posts – but to be honest, they’re pretty ugly. And unless they’re fastened they just move around when your cat goes to use them which seems annoying for the cat.

With this in mind I decided to make my own! It does not move around and blends in with the style of our home. It’s super easy so in this post I will show you how to make a simple DIY scratch post for your cat!

Here’s what you need:
  • Thick, coarse rope (I got mine at Biltema)
  • Thinner natural jute twine
  • Scissors
  • A sturdy piece of furniture with a leg to wrap around
rope, jute twine and scissors

We decided to do this to our kitchen table. It’s the IKEA PS 2012 and definitely sturdy enough, and the colors of the rope and twine match the table quite nicely. We also have most of Lucis’ other things in the living room so it felt nice to give her something in the kitchen.

How to do it

We started with a clove hitch knot at the bottom of one of the legs (we laid the table down so that this was easier to do) and then proceeded to wrap as tightly as we could while following the leg almost all the way to the top. There we fastened it with another clove hitch. We then wrapped the ends in thinner jute twine, as close to the leg as we could, and then cut off excess rope close to where the twine wrap ended.

DIY cat scratch post
By “wrap” I mean a technique called whipping. Maybe I should make a blogpost on knot knowledge?

I am very pleased with how it looks, it blends in so nicely with our style and colours in the kitchen and it’s not very obvious that it’s there. This is exactly what I was going for as I don’t like the look of regular scratch posts that are just standing randomly somewhere.

It’s also very easy to replace the rope when needed instead of having to purchase a whole new post.

playful cat
But more importantly, what does Luci think?

She loves it! Because the table is so heavy she can use a lot of power pulling and pushing off it without it moving. She also has a lot of fun playing with, and chewing on, the ends. We often hear her using it and it makes us happy that it’s so appreciated by her. This project was a success and I look forward to doing, and sharing, more DIY things in the future.

IKEA hack - turn a kitchen table leg into a scratch post

Also, I can’t believe how big she’s getting! It doesn’t feel that long ago since I wrote about us getting her but that was in September last year. She’s bigger, more mature and also outside a lot on her own now. Oh how quickly they grow up.

By the way, do you have a pet, and have you done any hacks in your home to help it?

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