Archive | Pets

DIY Cat Scratching Post

Today we’re sharing a post about a post. A scratching post, specifically. We love our fur baby Mochi but we also love our couch, which she has gradually tried to destroy over the years.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

We didn’t realize how bad this one corner of the couch had gotten until the light caught it just right one day and it literally stopped me in my tracks. Pretty sure a single little tear fell from my eye. It was a sad sight.

So we decided to take action before it got any worse. Part 1 of that action was to casually toss carefully place a throw over the arm of the couch. It may look like it was just thrown there, but you best not move it. Part 2 of the action was to give our girl something else to pull her claws on, stat!

There are a lot of DIY cat scratching posts out there, and most of them require an actual post (i.e. something vertically standing up from the ground or hung vertically from a wall, door, etc).

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

I wasn’t crazy about the idea of something standing vertically on it’s own. Our Mochi is not the most graceful kitty, and chances are she’d find some way to knock it over, freak herself out, and never go near it again. The door hanging ones might wobble and they’d bounce around every time we had to use that door, so those didn’t appeal either. And wall mounted ones had to actually be attached, and we wanted a solution that we could put away if we needed the house to look nice without leaving vacant nails in the wall.

So we came up with a horizontal scratching post instead.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

Spoiler alert – Mochi actually uses this thing!!! If you’re a cat owner, you know that a cat actually using something you buy/make for its intended purpose is a big win.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

So, onto how we did it. This is definitely a quick afternoon project, and comparatively quite cheap to anything modern looking you could buy online. Plus, it’s built in a way that will allow you to easily replace the scratching material if it gets too worn out. Here’s what you’ll need

Materials:

  • 1×10 wood (we cut ours to 23″ long, but anything around that size would work)
  • 1×3 wood (two pieces, cut about 11″ long each. Again, sizing is flexible, just make sure it’s longer than your main board’s width so it overhangs)
  • Twine
  • 4 screws

Tools used:

Below is a quick overview illustration of what was involved/what we did. We’ll break the steps down further using more graphics as we go.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

The sizing of the wood can totally be adjusted depending on what you have. For us, this project was essentially free because everything we used was scrap wood we had in the garage, so definitely do utilize material you have on hand if you can and don’t feel like you have to match our measurements exactly.

We started by cutting our main piece from a 1×10 to about 23″ long (long enough that Mochi would have room to sit on it while pulling her claws). I think as long as you have a piece that’s big enough for your kitty, it should work just fine.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

Next we cut two 11″ long 1×3 pieces that we screwed in at either end of our plank. We used two screws per side, like you see in the illustration above. The 1×3 pieces overhang length-wise about 1/2″ on each side.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

The purpose of these two end pieces was to give the twine something to hold tight against (we worried that without some kind of footing at either end, the twine might slip off the edge).

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

Next we drilled two holes through the main body, picking one corner on each end (see graphic below). We chose a side of the board to be the back, threaded the twine through our drilled hole, and tied a knot on the back side to secure it.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

Here is a photo of the back side. After threading our knotted twine through the hole, we wrapped it tightly in circles around the board. We didn’t use glue because we thought Mochi might not like the smell. Plus we wanted the twine to be removable in the future if she roughed it up too much and we needed to replace it.

Annnnnd then we ran out of twine. Which is what we get for using a roll of it we already owned with an unknown amount left on the roll. At the end of the twine, we did a couple quick staples with our staple gun to secure it to the back side of the wood. Again, the staples will be easily removable (with pliers) if we need to replace the twine in the future.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

Luckily, we had a second roll of twine so we repeated the same process on the other end of the board. It also was not enough to complete the board, so we stopped wrapping when it was about the same amount of coverage as the first piece of twine.

I actually consider it a happy accident because we kinda like how the wood looks in the middle. Plus, Mochi is likely to only pull her claws at either end anyway because of how she sits on it. Though when we replace the twine eventually, we might try doing the full board.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

To replace it down the line, we would just need to remove the staples with pliers, knot and thread in new twine, and either re-staple the end to secure it or pull it through the other hole and tie it off. But we’ve actually had this scratching post almost a year so far and we haven’t had to replace the twine yet.

Our girl loves it! Of course… she still loves the couch too… but at least she has options haha.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

Side note, if your kitty doesn’t seem impressed at first, spray some cat nip on it to get kitty interested. Once they figure out it’s something for them, they’ll keep going back to it!

Side note two, the two types of twine we used were different: one was a looser/rougher looking twine, and the other was more tightly pulled and cleaner looking. Mochi seems to prefer the rougher/looser twine to pull her claws on, so eventually we’ll use that type again as a replacement.

DIY Cat Scratching Post - evanandkatelyn.com

Note: This post contains affiliated links. Thank you for supporting our blog!

 

4

DIY Cat Box Cabinet

In our last laundry room post, I mentioned a DIY project Evan and I tackled back when we were still in the apartment. This project was all about hiding poop. Cat poop. And litter and stuff. The scourge of the clean freak cat owner.

Being in an apartment meant we had no good place to hide Mochi’s litter box. Our laundry room/pantry only had a couple square feet of floor space, and shoving it into the corner of our only bathroom where guests would see it was not ideal either. Especially because Mochi, bless her little crazy heart, spazzes out after each time she goes potty and bursts out her litter box in a mad dash trailing a flurry of litter-bits behind her like pebbly cat star dust. This meant litter was EVERYWHERE. All. The. Time.

We weren’t sure what to do about our little Pooper. But then we saw this

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

Ikea + jigsaw + kitty door = a cat box cabinet! We immediately scoured the internet and found all sorts of tutorials. In addition to the one above, we got inspiration from here, here, and here. We sort of took what we liked from each and created our own kitty litter containment center. Here it is in all it’s glory! (hanging out in it’s old home in the apartment)

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

We chose a two-compartment Besta unit at IKEA as our base since it’s our cabinet of choice (we used it for our media center and wanted everything to be cohesive). We discarded the extra shelves that came with it and bought a full-height cabinet door for the left side, and a drawer and shorter cabinet door for the right side. We also ordered this kitty door to add to one side so Mochi could get in and out.

Before putting the unit together, we grabbed the side piece we wanted to put the door into and traced an outline to give us a where-to-cut guide.

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

Then we took it out onto our balcony (in the middle of the night it seems!) and cut out the shape with our jigsaw.

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

Next we spray painted the door black so that it blended in better with the Besta.

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

Please forgive us, at the time we didn’t know we’d be sharing this tutorial on a blog so we didn’t take pictures of the next steps. After the door dried, we popped it into the hole we cut like the instructions say to do. We took off the magnet that makes the door snap shut because Momo couldnt figure out that she had to push a little harder to get through and she kept accidentally “locking” herself inside the box. Oh Momo.

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

The next step, which we also did not take a picture of at the time, is to use the jigsaw to cut a doorway through the middle panel of the Besta. I’ll show you what I mean in the picture below.

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

See the part marked “doorway”? I outlined it in white so you could see it better, but basically before assembling the Besta we traced a Mochi-sized opening in the middle panel to connect the two compartments of the cabinet and cut it with our jigsaw. The edges were raw, so we were super classy and finished them off with duct tape (see that gray inside part of the “door frame”?).

Once our doorway and kitty door were made, we assembled the Besta and added some weather stripping along the bottom of the inside of the cabinets to keep litter from coming out the cabinet doors.

After that, we just popped in her box on the left, a litter mat on the right, and filled the drawer with all her stuff (minus her toys, which she hides in secret places around the house).

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

Close the cabinets and drawer and you have an inconspicuous cat box cabinet/good place to set your keys.

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

This cabinet is AWESOME. No ugly litter boxes. MUCH less litter out on your floors (there’s still a little but not bucketfulls like before). No stinky-ness. Good place to store cat stuff. Win win win win! Plus it was easy- just make sure you find a box that fits, that was the only challenge! The best part is Mochi likes it, and a happy cat means happy hoomans!

DIY Cat Box Cabinet- evanandkatelyn.com

Note: This post contains affiliated links. Thank you for supporting our blog!
58