Best Cat Scratching Post:
1) Best Cat Scratching Posts are the most popular way to scratch your cat.
They are very easy to make and they provide great results. You will need some materials like nails, twine, string or even yarn. Some cats prefer one type of material over another so it is good if you have tried different types before making them.
You might want to use some natural fibers such as cotton or silk.
2) If you don’t have any materials available, then you could try using feathers.
Feathers are soft and fluffy and they come in many colors. However, feathers do not last forever so make sure that you replace them regularly because they won’t be able to withstand the constant wear and tear of your cat’s claws.
3) You could also try using a plastic bag.
Plastic bags are inexpensive and they work well for cat scratching posts. However, you should keep in mind that these bags may break down after a while so it would be better if you use something stronger like metal or wood.
4) Another option is to use a piece of cardboard or other rigid material which can stand up to your cat’s claws without breaking down.
The cardboard should be at least one centimeter think and it should be around twenty centimeters wide. The cardboard should also not have any print on it since the dyes in the ink may be toxic to cats.
5) To firmly attach your cardboard or whatever material that you are using, you will need some strong rope which should be wrapped around the post at least three times.
Don’t use string since it won’t be strong enough. The rope should be as thick as your thumb and at least a quarter of a meter long. Cut a notch around the post approximately five centimeters wide and deep enough for the rope to fit in snugly.
Attach the rope in the notch and then tie a knot to secure it in place. You can also use glue or nails to further secure the rope to the post, but knots will usually be enough.
6) Place the post against something like a wall so that it will be more stable or put a base under it if you are using cardboard.
Your cat should start scratching the post immediately, but if he isn’t interested then try sprinkling some catnip on it. Make sure that you never spray any volatile chemical on the post since this might hurt your cat.
Cat scratching posts are an excellent way to keep your cat from using your furniture as a scratching post. However, if you don’t provide your cat with a place to scratch he will probably just find something else like your carpet or your bed. Make sure that you take the time to entertain your cat so that he doesn’t get bored and begin scratching your things.
When you provide a place for your cat to scratch he will probably prefer to do it there since it is more convenient and it has a particular scent that is unique to him.
You can also put a scratching post in more than one room since this will give your pet more places to play and scratch. Most cats prefer to mark their territory and a scratching post makes a very prominent mark since it is usually taller than your cat. Scent glands located near the paw pads will leave marks around the post which will let other cats know that this is his property.
Scratching also leaves flakes of dead outer nail layers around the area which will also serve as a marking mechanism.
Sources & references used in this article:
Cat scratching post by AD Mullin – US Patent 3,993,027, 1976 – Google Patents
Cat scratching device by EV Burns – US Patent 3,482,548, 1969 – Google Patents
Wall mounted cat scratching post by PH Buendiger – US Patent 6,343,569, 2002 – Google Patents
Protective cat scratching post by RF Deming Jr – US Patent 7,207,293, 2007 – Google Patents
Scratching post by DD Yoder – US Patent 2,005,817, 1935 – freepatentsonline.com
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