Hey everyone! I know you were starting to worry, she hasn’t done a cat project in a while…is she neglecting her babies? Well, never fear, they are still my spoiled little brats. In fact, we’ve been spoiling them even a bit more than usual lately since Blanche had to have major surgery. She had to get all of her teeth removed! It was a tough decision to make and an even tougher evening after her surgery, but we knew it was the only choice we had to alleviate her intense pain and discomfort. She is doing well and we have been spoiling her with lots of cuddles, pets, toys, and treats. And of course Henry has been getting some extra attention too because we didn’t want him to feel left out.
But this project isn’t even for Henry and Blanche! My parents recently got a new kitten who is quite the scratcher. Introducing Yuri:
Isn’t he so photogenic? However, he and his claws have been going to town on their carpet, so we decided to make him a little scratcher:
And it was pretty easy to make out of scrap wood, too.
Here’s what I used to make a sleek and simple cat scratcher:
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- Two pieces of scrap wood
- Miter saw and assorted sandpaper
- Jute twine
- Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive (here)
- Nail gun
- Americana Decor Satin Enamels paints in Aubergine and Classic Black mixed together to get a deep purple.
- Hand-held staple gun
And here’s how you do it!
(Remember to wear a mask and eye protection while sanding and working with wood, and wear an appropriate mask while working with paints, stains, and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand. Do not use any tools without proper training, precautions, and supervision from a professional. Read my full disclaimer here.)
Step 1: Decide how high, long, and wide you’d like your cat scratcher to be. Then, cut two pieces of wood using those measurements. One piece of wood will be the long slanted piece, while the other will be the piece that props the long piece up.
Step 2: Prop the pieces up against one another and decide how much of an angle you’d like to create. Then, use your miter saw to cut the two pieces accordingly. Once the pieces are cut and fit nicely together, use your sandpaper to smooth out any jagged spots.
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Love kitties? Here are a few more of my past kitty DIYs: