The scratching post is an essential accessory for anyone who is the happy owner of a domestic feline; let’s see together how to build one with the minimum cost.
Cat lovers would do anything to guarantee their furry friends maximum comfort and satisfaction; in fact, anyone who lives with one or more cats knows very well that there are some things that these animals absolutely cannot do without. One of these is the scratching post , which some also refer to as a cat scratcher .
The purpose of this accessory is made clear by its name, and that is to allow the cat to be able to sharpen its nails without the sofas and furniture at the expense; its presence in a house that houses cats, therefore, is of vital importance.
For a cat, periodically scratching things is not only due to the need to keep the nails clean and well filed, but it represents a routine in social behavior as well as a way to release the accumulated tension and stress.
Given the fundamental importance of this accessory, therefore, it is normal for the market to offer a wide variety of models; the cheapest are the cardboard scratching posts , which however have an ephemeral duration, the most common are the classic column scratching posts while the most expensive model is the cat castle , which combines different types of accessories.
The economic factor
Those who live with a cat are well aware of the speed with which these accessories are consumed; the economic scratching posts are those that have the greatest rate of consumption, which nullifies the advantage derived from buy them at low cost.
It makes little sense to spend 10-15 euros for a scratching post if you are forced to buy it again within one or two months at the most; the prices of the mid-range models, on the other hand, range from around 40 to 90 euros but their quality is proportionate to the cost, they also ensure greater durability and often also integrate other tools for cats apart from the scratching post.
The most expensive models start at 100 euros and can cost up to several hundred euros, depending on the model and features; for this reason it could be much more convenient to make a DIY scratching post , especially if at home there are already recycled materials and basic tools such as screwdrivers and other hand tools.
The necessary materials and related costs
Making a DIY cat scratching post is certainly satisfying, especially for a DIY enthusiast; However, whether it can be more or less economical than buying a product that has already been made, this depends only on the type of project you intend to carry out and on the possibility of being able to acquire the materials necessary for the construction of the accessory for free or not.
What you absolutely cannot do without to build the scratching post, in fact, is a skein of jute rope or sisal rope, the cost of which can vary from about 5 to 25 euros depending on the quantity; in any case with 25 euros you can buy 100 meters or more of rope, and therefore the expense would be amply justified by the opportunity to have a considerable supply to be used as a periodic replacement, every time the cat ends up consuming the one applied to the scratching post.
As for the material with which to build the structure, however, the best solution is offered by the wood of the pallets, which is extremely resistant and can be acquired at very low cost, if not even for free, by recovering it from the waste of some warehouse.
Taking into account the purchase of sisal rope, vinyl glue, nails, an adequate number of adhesive mats, a plastic or cardboard tube and 4 or 5 used pallets, the total cost should not exceed approximately 50 euros; with this material, however, you can easily make a medium-large sized castle that integrates scratching posts, one or two kennels and even the perch for cats .
The scheme and the realization
Building a beautiful cat castle yourself with scratching posts, perches and kennels is not a difficult task, as long as you stick to a specific project. Before starting, that is, it is important to draw a sketch on paper showing the structure of the castle and the measurements, in order to also have a precise idea of the exact quantity of materials needed and, consequently, of what the overall cost will be. of the company. If, on the other hand, you already have rope, wood and other recycled materials and you don’t want to spend on buying more, then you will have to base the project on the amount of material you have.
Once you have drawn the pattern, making it will be much easier. First of all it is advisable to start by cutting and cleaning all the pieces that will make up the structure, that is the pallet boards and the plastic pipes; once this is done, you will have to sand them in order to remove the roughness and give them the minimum finish necessary to allow a perfect assembly, able to withstand the weight of your cat.
The platforms of the perches will be previously glued with the vinyl glue and allowed to dry for at least 12-24 hours before being assembled to the rest of the structure. The latter, once finished, can finally be covered; the adhesive mats will be placed on the perches, inside the kennels and on the walls, while the sisal rope will be wrapped and glued around the pipes.
The final assembly must be performed only when all the individual components have been adequately prepared, especially those treated with vinyl glue as it requires long drying times.
Instead of plastic tubes it is also possible to use cardboard tubes; those that act as a core for the rolls of cloth, for example, can be recovered for free if you know a textile warehouse to ask for them. For a few euros, however, you can buy the rigid pipes usually used for shipments.