Attention All Cat Owners!
There is no need to waste your money on an overpriced cat scratch board simply because you're little furry friend insists on digging their claws into every surface in your home. You can make one yourself! Take the example below as a general outline, making any changes you like as far as sizes or particular materials go.
What You Need:
- wooden board
- two welcome mats
- thick twine
- gorilla glue
What You Do:
- Sand the wooden board.
- Figure out the placement of all your items. (For example, my board gave me enough room for twine on the outer edges, then the mats on either end, then even more twine in the middle.)
- Start by nailing one end of a mat to the flat surface area of the board. (Make sure your nails are small enough not to poke through the other side, and the heads are large enough to hold the mat in place.)
- From there, gorilla glue section by section until the other end of the mat meets the one that is nailed down. If you do this with time and patience, it will hold miraculously well. Place glue on the wooden section (make sure to moisten the wood first, this activates the gorilla glue), then hold the floor mat section with pressure until it seems to hold (I used cinder blocks), and then continue until complete. Repeat with other mat if you're using one.
- Once the mats are completely attached to the wooden board, you should be able to use the gorilla glue the thick twine to the board by putting the glue onto the board and then wrapping the twine around until the space is covered, and then tucking in the end of the twine and gluing in place.
- Be sure all the glue has dried and no sharp nail ends are sticking out before you let your kitties play. After completion, try and entice your them by sticking some of their favorite toys into the twine, or spraying the material with catnip spray.