How To Make a Cat Scratcher

It started with a desire to build something for our furry feline family members.  As one of the cats tried to sharpen his claws on a piece of furniture, it became clear that my husband would be making a cat scratcher.  As a teacher, I know that no’s work better when there are also yes’s.  No, you can’t scratch my furniture, but you can scratch this cat scratcher.

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How to make a cat scratcher.

My husband started with a post that is roughly about 4 inches on each side.  He cut it to be about 3 feet high.  He carefully wrapped a twine rope around the post using a hammer to tap the layers tightly together and a staple gun to secure it to the post.

How to make a cat scratcher.

Once he got near the top, he drilled a hole.  He ran a piece of rope through the hole and knotted both ends for a fun toy for the cats to play with.  He continued wrapping the rope to the top.

How to make a cat scratcher.

Once at the top, he made a nice swirl design to finish it off nicely.

How to make a cat scratcher.

The base was the last decision we made.  He finally decided on a wooden oval plaque.  A large screw affixed the post to the plaque.

How to make a cat scratcher.

The cats are intrigued by it.  They have been sniffing it, rubbing on it, and playing with the strings hanging from it.  I expect that they will get lots of enjoyment from it.  I am excited about their new cat scratcher.

How to make a cat scratcher.

Materials Needed to Make a Cat Scratcher:

Wooden Post 4 X 4 X 36 inches


Staple Gun

Drill with bit

Wooden Oval Plaque

Long Wood Screw


Callie rubbing on cat scratcher


It really is pretty simple, but if you would rather not make a cat scratcher yourself, check out similar items below.

How to Make a Cat Scratcher

About Trisha

Trisha Kilpatrick is a homeschooling mother of three. She has a degree in Education with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, but she is more proud of her countless hours of volunteer work in Children’s Church. She believes that all children can learn and that, in life, simple is almost always best. *Affiliate links are used on this site. I may be compensated when you click on or buy from these links. If you have any questions, you can contact me at questions@trishadishes.com .

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