If you’re reading this then your furniture might be getting shredded to bits by the deadly claws of your beloved kitty. I’m guessing you’re here because you want to put a stop to this behavior. But first, let’s understand why this behavior is happening in the first place.

Why cat’s like to scratch
Cats have always been hunters, especially before they were domesticated. They need sharp claws to climb trees and pounce on their prey. Just because they eat from a bowl doesn’t mean that hunter instinct isn’t still there. They still sharpen there claws because they’re still hunters. Scratching is also a way of trimming their claws, removing the old outer part of the nails.

Besides sharpening their claws, cats love to scratch for a few other reason. For starters it relieves stress—kind of like how messages relieves stress for humans. Also, cats need to stretch their muscles, so scratching is a form of exercise used for just that purpose. Releasing the tension in their muscles reduces anxiety. Lastly, scratching is used to identify their territory. Every animal needs to mark their territory and cats are no different. When scratching, their paw has a special gland that releases a scent used to help mark their area.

If your cat’s scratching behavior is beginning to irritate you, you might be thinking about declawing him/her. However, before you go through with it, try making a scratching post. It will modify your cat’s behavior significantly.

If you’re interested in learning how to make a scratching post for your cat, you’ve come to the right place. This DIY tip is inexpensive and convenient for your office or home. Lets get started.

What You’ll Need:

• Sisal Rope

• Scissors

• Furniture Leg – Table, Chair, Etc…

Scissors & Twine
1. Get your supplies together. For rope, I suggest using sisal rope because of it’s durability and resistance to shredding—it really does a great job standing up to the punishment cats can inflict. Try to get a nice, thick rope, it’ll last longer; but when it does show some wear, it’s easily replaceable. Did I mention that cat’s love this stuff. It’s ruff/coarse texture is very much like bark from a tree; which will do a good job of attracting your cat away from your couch.

2. Wrap your sisal rope around whatever furniture leg you choose. Make it as high as you need it to be, then tie it off with a secure knot.

If you feel it is necessary—and you don’t mind using glue on your furniture—use a glue gun to adhere the rope to the leg.

3. That’s it, now your kitty has a scratching post. If it’s movable, make sure to put it next to the furniture he/she loves to scratch. When your cat gets used to the idea of scratching his/her post, you can gradually move it away from the furniture. This will train your cat out of the habit of destroying your favorite couch, rug or whatever it is you hold sacred and dear.


Other Materials You Can Use
If you don’t have sisal rope, here are a few alternatives that can be useful. Try corrugated cardboard, carpet or wood. You’ll have to be a little more creative when turning these objects into a cat post, but they’ll do the job. They serve as good scratching material…with a few exceptions. The carpet and cardboard doesn’t last very long and the wood can do harm to your cats claws over time. If you can, use sisal rope, it’s a good choice for creating a scratching post.