Claw Control: The DIY Cat Scratching Post

DIY cat scratcher by almost makes perfect.

To be filed under Eyesore No More: An easy-to-make, minimalist cat scratching post from crafty blogger Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect. It might even allow you to uncloak your furniture and let it go naked.

Photography via Almost Makes Perfect. 

Above: Madfis created the design for her own pets, Bodhi and Lucy, a brother and sister. “I like my cats like they’re my babies,” she says. “I even assisted in their birth (from a pregnant street cat that my friend had taken in).” In April, when the cats turned three, she came up with the scratching post as a birthday present. 

Above: If someone in your house is handy, chances are you already have most of what you need.


  • Wood (One piece cut into two. You can have your lumber store do the cutting for you: you’ll need one long piece and a shorter piece to serve as the leg.)
  • Wood glue 
  • Miter box or saw
  • Clamps
  • Twisted sisal rope, chemical free and safe for pets, such as T.W. Evans Cordage; 100 feet for $11.58 on Amazon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Staple gun (optional, for stapling the rope in place before you begin wrapping it; hot glue or duct tape also work).

Above: Figure out what size board is best for your cat(s); Madfis notes that hers are on the large size. As you wrap the rope, secure it in place on the underside in two or three spots per row with the glue gun. For step-by-step instructions, go to Almost Makes Perfect.

Above: The completed design; Madfis sprinkled some catnip on top as a finishing touch.

Above: It works. 

Above: “Proof that they’re siblings.” Next solution? Go to Living with the Litter Box: 12 Inspired Ways to Conceal the Kitty Loo. And take a look at our gift guides for the Feline Fanatic, Part 1 and Part 2.

For another DIY project from Almost Makes Perfect, see DIY: A Color-Blocked Wall Clock for $25

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