Cat Scratching Pole

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Since we have 2 lovely cats, they need some playing space and a scratching pole to prevent the furniture from abuse ;-)

There are many scratching poles for sale - but it is much more fun to make one yourself. It saves you money too!

This build will cost you about 26 euro for the wood (3 x scaffolding wood ca. 32 x 200 x 2500 mm + 2 x Vuren lat 12 x 44 x 2400 mm) and a few euro's for the screws.

The satisfaction of your cat(s) is huge - at least, our cats love the pole and use it a lot.

This is my first how-to, so please ask me if something is not clearly explained.

I hope you have fun building one yourself.

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Step 1: Building the Base

First, we need to make 1 base platform. This platform contains 3 wooden parts. Therefore, saw 3 parts off the scaffolding wood. Make the base square. As the size may vary, just multiply the width of the wood by 3 and thats your length, approx 60cm in my case. Saw 4 parts of the narrow shelf under an angle of 45 degrees, 60 cm each.

Glue and screw them on the bottom of the base. If you like, mill the edges to make them less sharp. Use sanding paper to make the surface and corners more smooth.

Congrats, the first step is done!

Step 2: Building the Platforms

Now we need to make 4 platforms. Each platform contains 2 parts. Therefore, saw 8 parts of the scaffolding wood.

I first measured the fattest cat to make sure he would fit ;-)

Make the platforms square. As the size may vary, just multiply the width of the wood by 2 and thats your length, approx 40cm in my case. Put 2 parts together to make 1 platform. Saw 4 parts of the narrow shelf under an angle of 45 degrees, 40 cm each. Glue and screw them on the bottom of the platforms.

Repeat this for the other 3 platforms. Use the mill and sand them smooth.

You are doing great, step 3 is here!

Step 3: Pole Position

Now saw the 4 poles. Depending on you cat-skills, you can vary the height but I used 70, 100, 130, 160cm.

Glue and screw the poles on the base - 4cm from the sides.

Repeat this for all poles and go on, you are almost done!

Step 4: Fix the Platforms to the Poles

Now we need to fix the platforms to the poles. Align them in the middle, glue and screw (2 screws) them on each pole.

When all the platforms are fixed, it is time to create some more stability: each platform can be fixed to another one (except the top platform). In my case, I had some gap between them so I used some parts of 10mm of a cupper tube with a long screw through them (see detail in photo).

If you like, you can attach an optional scratching part, or use some sisal rope.

Now lets have some catisfied friends, let me know if they like it!

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25 Discussions

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Nice! I had a scratching post that was covered with carpet. The cats ignored it. I stripped off the carpet and wrapped the pole (made from a cardboard tube) with 3/8" sisal rope.

EVERYbody scratches it! I would wrap the verticals with rope.

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JvHoorenJack of Most Trades

Reply 1 year ago

Sisal rope is certainly the favorite here too! As it gets fluffy after a while, I decided to mount a small piece of wood wrapped with sisal at the back and they use it often. Feel Free to upgrade my design as you wish, glad to give you a starting point

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Tura Street

1 year ago

This is pretty cool. I need a cat tree for my 2 cats, and like yours, they love to have crazy time where they just chase after each other jumping on all kinds of things. I looked at a few online and they are expensive. I think that this one should work for my cats. Thanks so much for sharing.

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JvHoorenTura Street

Reply 1 year ago

You are welcome! Please let me know how happy your cats are when you have built one! Good luck

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p0laris

1 year ago

about 32"... that's one nice f***in' kitty right there.

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JvHoorenp0laris

Reply 1 year ago

Haaaaa yes that would be a huge kitty but the metric system is the standard here in the Netherlands so divide it by 2,5 please :-)

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txadams

1 year ago

Excellent! My cat masters demand I build this.

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Alcheese

1 year ago

This is great! I've been wanting to make one of these for quite a while. This will definitely be helpful! I'd like to put some scrap carpeting on mine when I do it. Anyone have ideas on the best way to attach the carpeting to the wood? I thought about stapling, but I'd be nervous that may end up hurting the cat if he scratches it just right and catches a staple.

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EtaoinAlcheese

Reply 1 year ago

Carpet tacks are better. Wrap the carpet over the edges and tack it on the underside, every couple of inches. Make sure the nails are shorter than the depth of your platform!

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JvHoorenEtaoin

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks Alcheese! You could wrap de poles with sisal rope, or carpet ofcourse. I had an othet pole build years ago but the carpet I used produced long strings after a while. So choose your carpet carefully, I think you need the kind of carpet with short separate strings. And as Etoin suggests, staple them on the underside. I used normal staples with a staple gun. Good luck!

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jeanneambro

1 year ago on Step 2

So glad you measured the fattest cat - love it! I'm going to try this, but will need to translate your measurements to "American" - thanx for sharing.

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JvHoorenjeanneambro

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks Jeanne! Always go from the worst cat scenario, I hope your pet will show her respect to you. Please let me know how your building process was, have fun!

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Kink JarfoldJvHooren

Reply 1 year ago

Hmm, I think you have that backwards. Dogs do a lot for us. Cats think of us as staff. KJ

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JvHoorenKink Jarfold

Reply 1 year ago

Haha lol, you are right! We don’t have a dog but we have 2 ferrets, almost the same ;-)

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Prfesser

1 year ago

Wish I'd seen this about a year ago, when I was construcing my cat tree. Yours would have been much easier to make, and sturdier. Looks like it'd be easy to cover it with scrap carpet too.

Besides carpet, the only thing I'd add would be weight to the bottom. Paving stones, maybe? If my 15-lb cat junped from the floor onto one of the platforms, he might tip the whole thing over.

Great job! You've got my vote!

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JvHoorenPrfesser

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks Prfesser for your vote and kind words! Our fattest cat is approx. 5kg (11lb?) and the pole doesn’t move much when he jumps on it. But ofcourse, the idea of a paving stone or concrete is a good one. I will try to film the cats when they are having their crazy 10 minutes and add it here.

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kawaii kappuke-ki

1 year ago

Need more pictures of cats on pole. Very nice pole though!