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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-12-2016, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Artsy-craftsy stuff

The "Show us your scratching post thread was closed, so I'll post it here and see where it eventually ends up.
Here's a post I made from a cardboard tube from a carpet roll, 150' of 3/8" sisal rope, scrap plywood shelves from the Habitat for Humanity Restore, steel corner brackets, and one heck of a lot of carpenter's glue. (Because a woman's gotta glue what a woman's gotta glue.)

Here's the link in case the picture doesn't show up:
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Then I attempted to replace the cardboard inner scratcher from the roller track toy, because Saxon is incredibly destructive and goes through about 2 a month. (Seriously cat, it's for claws only, not claws and teeth together!)
I cut three circles of cardboard to the diameter of the inside, and glued two of them together. To the third one, I stitched the end of some 3/4" manilla rope at the center using an upholstery needle and several thicknesses of thread, then glued it in a spiral around the cardboard circle, ending up with more stitching through the cardboard at the end. I also tapered the cut at the end to reduce bulk.
It looks good, but unfortunately he doesn't use it so much as the cardboard inserts. I may have to go back to the drawing board and try with the rougher sisal rope.
Before:
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Oh wow! My girl is 18 now so I don't think she'd be too keen on using an awesome floor-to-ceiling setup like yours, but I'll keep it in mind for any future kitties of mine!

And I really like the idea of putting the rope in the middle of the ball-track toy - I might try that! I have two scratching posts for Win in the garage but she sometimes goes after one of the garage mats or the tires of the defunct golf cart my mom keeps in there - so more scratchy areas might help.

Thanks for sharing


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Wow, that's a fabulous scratching post! A regular indoor tree-trunk!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-15-2016, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, that's a fabulous scratching post! A regular indoor tree-trunk!
That's what our little monkey-cat uses it for. I'm trying to get a picture of her mid-climb, but I'm just not quite quick enough.
Originally, I was trying to get the tabs lined up so that it could be installed on an angle if needed, but the glue set too quickly, so I'm stuck with the vertical position.

I'm a bit annoyed that I STILL can't make the pictures show up directly in my posts. Even after upgrading my membership, it still just shows a little box.
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