Anyone who owns a cat knows if you don’t provide a place for your mini lions and tigers to scratch, your furniture will be one big heaping mess of ripped up remnants. I don’t know if its just luck or that we’ve just been good forceful cat parents that we’ve not had furniture issues. It might be because we’ve always had the biggest, most badass cat climbing towers known to man. Okay, maybe not ‘that’ badass but our resident mousers sure loved it.
However, when we had our toyhauler, it was all well and good because they had the garage to keep it in. But now in our fifth wheel, things have changed. No more garage to put the big badass kitty condo in. So, we downsized to just a two-foot scratching post. You know, the one that has a natural fiber rope wound around a post secured to a carpeted wood platform about the size of a dinner plate.
But, there were a couple problems with that one
First, every time one of our girls would scratch the heck out of it, it would flop over on them and then, she would would get super pissed and run over anything or anybody that was in her way of her tirade. Many bandaids later…
And then, that thing got to be a royal pain in the cat’s ass because everytime we would pack up and move, we had to put it ‘somewhere’; usually on one of the recliners. But, that resulted in almost landing millimeters from the glass front of our fireplace from a bumpy ride. Yeah, that wasn’t going to work.
Lastly, we were having to move it every time we wanted to get into the cabinet where it sat. We had to come up with a better solution.
Hold that thought…
When we remodeled the inside of our fifth wheel, we removed the sofa in the back of our coach and replaced it with a big Ikea table and two office chairs. Now, we had a problem because those chairs were on wheels and the cat scratch post was going to always be in the way. Not to mention, our chairs became hazards of navigation because we almost rolled over their little toe beans and fluffy tails.
Well, one day while looking for small rugs at Home Depot, something caught my eye. It was an empty cardboard tube that used to have carpet runner rolled onto it. Immediately, I went over and saw how rugged it was and eyeballed the diameter of the end of the tube. My brain marbles were just rolling around when I thought of something genius! Okay, maybe not ‘genius’ but hey, let me have my moment.
Now, being I’m an honest person, I wasn’t just going to snatch it up so I asked the gray-haired elderly man in the orange vest if I may have it for ‘a project’.
“What kind of project, Miss?” he asked.
“I’d like to make my kitty cats a cat scratch post out of it”, I told him.
“They sell those cat scratch post thingies, you know?”, he snapped back. Then I heard him mumble under his breath about hating cats or something like that. He told me he had to go ask his manager; something about they roll the new carpet runners over them. And, yeah, I didn’t quite believe that one but I just let him go do what he needed to do. Seriously, I just think he didn’t wanted to help my cats…because he hated them…or his job. *shrug*
He came back a couple minutes later and grumbled “I’m making a command decision. Since I can’t find the head honcho, you can have it. I hope I don’t lose my job over this!”
“Seriously”, I thought but hey, I was a happy Miss.
Meanwhile, back at our home on wheels…
I had Dan tilt the new workspace table slightly enough for me to slide this sucker over the table leg. Oh my garsh! We could literally hear baby angels singing in five-part harmony! That cardboard tube fit perfectly and we didn’t even need to shorten it!
So, I headed to the nearest Tractor Supply for some Sisal rope and to the big box W store for some glue sticks…A LOT of glue sticks, in fact. I got home and wouldn’t you know the damn thing took me two hours to wrap and glue, wrap and glue, wrap and glue. However, as painstaking as it was, once I got it finished and we slid it back up on the table leg, baby angels were singing again; this time in ten-part harmony. And, it didn’t take long for Krissie, our Tortie, to take an instant liking to it because it didn’t flop down on her.
So, shortly after we got the first one finished, we gave tours of the inside of our coach and everyone said it was the most clever invention everrrrrr! What was even cooler, was a few said it looked like a rope wrapped piling that you would see on a pier. It went perfectly with our Key West beach-theme decor. So, that was my queue to go to the orange-vest big hardware store again to go kype another tube. This time at a different store location, there was one just laying on the floor with the trash in the corner. That sorta gave me permission to pick take that piece of trash at liberty. We took it home and this time, I let Dan have the joy of making the other one.
So, now that you’ve read my diatribe about how we cater to our cats, I’ll give you a little supply list and tutorial to make your own.
First, you need to measure the circumference of the table or chair leg that you want for your cat’s post. Then, of course, you gotta start searching for your tubes. We found them on Amazon in every size. Now, just an FYI, mailing tubes are not cheap however, its one of those things you just suck up and buy because really, there are no other options unless you are lucky to find them elsewhere. But remember, timing is everything so you might as well get the mailing tubes. Besides, your fluffy perfect little angels deserve the best, right?
Now, you can go look for everything on our supply list or you can just order them on Amazon by clicking on the links below and we get a little commission (no extra charge for you, of course) so we can feed our little furry heathens.
So, here’s your list:
- Heavy cardboard mailing tube(s) (make sure you get the right size)
- Heavy duty hot glue gun (not one of those little cheap chintzy ones like ours!)
- A big pack of hot glue sticks; (this 45-pack should do it)
- Fingertip protectors (you’re welcome!)
- 100′ of Sisal rope (use natural fiber only)
- A 2-3 hour length movie (it would be a great time to see “RV”)
- Your favorite beverage (I can’t Amazon link that; it’s illegal)
He started the end by securing it well onto what would be the bottom…or top. I really doesn’t matter. Once he got that, he would slowly glue every six inches.
When he reached the point of two ends to be connected, instead of splicing them together like an old sea salt, we just glued the heck out of the ends and matched them up.
So, once you have it all wrapped and glued, you’re finally finished! Your hands may be sore but Fluffy will be indebted to you for…..a minute. But, on the other hand, you’ll save your furniture.
Doesn’t that look COOL? And, here are the two of them; my ‘pier pilings’
So, we hope this little project is something to consider if your cat needs scratching posts. When it looks like they need to be replaced, either start with new supplies or rip off the old rope and replace.
As you see now, no scratch posts to put away or trip over in the RV! Oh and psssssst, you don’t have to have an RV to do this!’