♥ DIY Cat Stuff ♥ DIY cat tree made from an old wooden ladder, outdoor carpeting, left over wood and jute wrapped around the bottom for a scratching post. Hammock is just material and a towel. Super fun, cheap and easy to make!
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The final point of consideration is the material the scratching surface is made out of. Avoid scratching posts covered in carpet. Not only is the carpet not very durable, but cheap carpet scratching posts often have carpet with looped fibers which will snag on your cat's claws, discouraging use at best and causing an injury at worst. Sisal is a natural fiber rope and when wrapped tightly around a post is about as close to a tree trunk as you'll get without chopping a tree down and dragging it into your house.
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Affordability: Sisal rope and sisal weave are both more expensive than carpet. Also, the labor to wrap sisal rope around a post will add to the cost of the product. Remember that a cheap sisal scratcher is a sign that the sisal may not even be sisal at all! If it is sisal rope, it might be a small diameter, such as 1/4". In fact, 1/4" diameter sisal rope is used by most of the cat post vendors on eBay. I always use 3/8" sisal rope on my scratching posts. These posts will last a lot longer than those with 1/4" sisal rope, and they also will have more of a sturdy, meaty look to them. You should feel free to ask the vendor what diameter sisal rope (s)he is using. Here are some equivalents: 1/4 inch equals 6.25 mm. 3/8 inch equals about 9.5 mm (just in case the vendor comes from a country other than the USA and provides this information in metric units).
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This DIY Homemade Cat Scratching Post by Purina was just too darn awesome not to share! If you have a cat (or a few), they are sure to love this, as is your wallet. And it’s so easy to make! All you need is some Sisal Rope, which you can get for cheap her♥ DIY Cat Stuff ♥ DIY cat tree made from an old wooden ladder, outdoor carpeting, left over wood and jute wrapped around the bottom for a scratching post. Hammock is just material and a towel. Super fun, cheap and easy to make!