I'm Selling Hand Made Cedar Cat Scratching Posts
The Horizontal Floor model with Sisal Rope (cat NOT included)
Over the years, I've experimented with probably dozens of store-bought and home-made cat scratching posts. I really do think I have found the perfect recipe for making them.
I start with Cedar wood. Why? Because I've done a lot of woodworking over many years and discovered when I had Cedar in the house, the cats were fascinated by it, and just wanted to scratch at it. At first, this annoyed me. It seemed everything I made for the house out of Cedar was getting ruined by the cats scratching at it. Then it dawned on me: this is what cat scratching posts should be made from!
There are other advantages to using Cedar wood. Cedar is rot resistant, mold resistant and most importantly of all - repels bugs including fleas. You don't want something the cats keep going to harbouring mites & fleas!
Now, you don't need to wrap them with the natural Sisal rope for the cats to love them. The reason I make them both ways is that when the cats scratch on the plain logs, it leaves bits of wood on the floor that need cleaning. I don't mind, but if you would prefer not to have that, the kind with the Sisal rope are cleaner overall by a little, though I have to be honest and tell you that some cats prefer the plain wood and will scratch at the ends ingoring the rope section!
In watching cats use scratching posts and other scratching thingies, I've noticed cats do not like them if they move around or seem unstable. These posts are STABLE. On average, the log floor model weighs 11 pounds. They are 2 feet long, the feet are 1 foot wide, and overall, they stand about 6 inches high. The logs themselves are between 5 & 6 inches diameter. These are big enough for the largest house cat. The wall mounted kind do not move at all once installed.
Unlike most commercial cat scratching posts or cat scratching "things", mine do not have any glue or synthetic materials in them.
Pick-up price for the horizontal log type in London, Ontario (Highland area):
Without Rope: $25. With Sisal Rope: $45.
Pick-up price for the Wall-Mounted type with Sisal Rope: $15 (includes screws)
Side view of horizontal scratching post with Sisal rope.
Side view of horizontal scratching post without rope.
Top view with rope.
Top view without rope.
Notice where foot is attached the log is cut flat. By doing this at both ends exactly level, the scratching post sits flat and stable.
There is no glue used. The foot is attached by four 3 inch long wood screws making it incredibly strong.
Notice where the foot is attached, the log is only flattened where the foot is. The log is round for the rest of the bottom length so it looks more natural.
The end of the log and the ends of the feet are beveled smooth.
Small Wall Mounted Scratching Pads
This small Cedar wall mounted scratching pad is perfect for cats that like to scratch on the sides of chairs, couches, etc. It is also good for people who don't want, or don't have the room for a large cat scratcher on the floor.
Still made out of Cedar and natural fibre Sisal rope, they mount solidly to a wall where there is a wood stud in behind. No glues or synthetic materials are used in the making of this scratching pad.
The small wall mounted Cedar cat scratching pad mounted on a wall.
Pick-up price in London, Ontario (Highland area) for the Wall-Mounted type with Sisal Rope: $15 (includes screws)
These are approximately 12 inches, or 30 cm long. Mounting instructions can be found in the video below: