When starting to build a scraper on your own, you should consider your pet’s habits. In order for an accessory to perform its function, it must be designed with the cat’s wishes in mind. If we don’t, it might be that our pet continues to rip into the corner.
What are the factors to consider when scratching a cat’s head?
Cats instinctively want to scratch because:
- They remove dead nail fragments.
- They stretch and exercise the muscles of the paws as well as the ligaments responsible to straightening the nails.
- notes the area of pheromones from the glands between the pads;
- Leaves information about other animals in their environment
- Emotions are unleashed
This knowledge is invaluable in developing a cat scratcher. It should be:
- Made of a durable material that is soft enough to allow the pet’s nails to be inserted;
- The pet can stretch its legs high enough (or long enough).
- stable enough not to tip over when the cat’s body is pressed;
- It should be located in an area frequented often by pets.
A cat tree must be attractive for the pet to enjoy it. A favorite armchair and the option to use a secluded scraper will ensure that the cat scratches the armchair. You can cover the area your pet has drawn with a scratch column. This will also protect the furniture.
How to make a simple feline tree
Cats don’t need a designer cat trees covered in colorful fur. You don’t have to worry about the accessory looking beautiful in your apartment. A cat tree can be made by anyone who is willing to put in some effort and money. It will not be any different from the ones that you can buy at pet shops. A simple scraper that meets the above criteria is sufficient.
A single piece of carpet can be used to make the most basic scratching posts. If your pet prefers to scratch horizontal surfaces it is enough to cover the board at a suitable height and place it on a flat surface. Hang the board at the right height for cats whose nails rub up against the wall. A thick piece of carpet can be glued directly to the cabinet’s side or wall.
Sisal twine, jute, or jute make the perfect material for a cat tree. The plywood or board should be covered with adhesive glue. This glue should not be toxic to cats! Wrap it tightly with string and secure the ends with staplers. You can either place the cat tree on the ground or hang it. Similarly, you can make a free-standing accessory – from a wooden column wrapped in string or cardboard tube. Next, attach it to the base size using angle bars or screws (to ensure structural stability).
How to make a cat play area?
You can also build your pet a cat tree, which will be a playground. You will need to build the structure on a stable base. To this base, you attach multiple poles covered in ropes of different heights. You then add material-covered platforms to allow your pet to rest comfortably. The environment will be well-observed by the high scraper.
He will also be happy to sleep, especially if the pillars have a bearing. Attach plush mice and balls suspended on ropes to the platforms. A hammock can be attached between the poles.
When making a cat tree, it is important to consider whether your pet prefers to draw vertical or horizontal surfaces. In the first case, he will definitely not be interested in a wrapped tube – he will still draw the carpet.