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The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Natural Wood Scratching Post: How to Choose and Build the Ideal Scratching Post for Your Cat

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You have already made your cat happy with a beautiful wooden scratching post, but she shows no interest in it? Maybe it's time to choose and build a perfect natural wood scratching post for your beloved cat. With our ultimate guide you will learn how to find the ideal scratching post and build it yourself.

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A scratching post is an essential piece of furniture to provide your cat with a healthy and natural environment. He helps her care for her claws, strengthen her muscles and find joy in play. But how do you choose the right scratching post and what should you pay attention to?

In this comprehensive guide, we'll show you exactly that. We will explain the different types of scratching posts, suggest the most suitable materials and give you helpful tips on how you can build the perfect scratching post yourself.

Whether you want to buy a pre-made scratching post or build a custom tree, this guide will help you make the best choice for your cat. Make your cat happy and give her the scratching post she deserves!

 

Why do cats need scratching posts?

Cats are scratching animals by nature. Scratching is a natural instinct that helps them sharpen their claws, remove old nail casings, and strengthen their muscles. By providing your cat with a scratching post, you give her the opportunity to fulfill these natural needs while protecting your furniture and carpets. A scratching post also provides your cat with a way to express territorial behavior. By scratching, the cat leaves behind scent markings that signal to other cats that this is their territory. This can help prevent conflicts with other cats. Advantages of a wooden scratching post Wooden scratching posts offer a number of advantages over other materials such as cardboard or sisal. Here are some reasons why a natural wood scratching post may be the best choice:

  • Durability: Wood is a sturdy material that can withstand a cat's scratching habits. Compared to cardboard or sisal, wood is more durable and can last for years.
  • Stability: A wooden scratching post provides a stable base for your cat. It gives her the confidence to lean on it and scratch without the tree tipping over.
  • Aesthetics: Wooden scratching posts are often more beautiful to look at than trees made from other materials. They fit harmoniously into your home and can even serve as a decorative element.
  • Versatility: Wooden scratching posts can be made in different shapes and sizes. You can customize them to suit your individual needs and available space.
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There are different types of scratching posts you can choose from. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the most common types of scratching posts:

  • Standing trees: This type of scratching post consists of a stable base and a vertical trunk. Standing trees offer good stability and are ideal for cats who like to scratch while stretched out.
  • Wall Trees: Wall trees attach to the wall and provide a vertical scratching surface. They are space-saving and can be installed at different heights to suit your cat's needs.
  • Ceiling trees: Ceiling trees are height-adjustable and extend from floor to ceiling. They offer a large scratching surface and are ideal for active cats.
  • Combined scratching posts: This type of scratching post combines scratching surfaces with other functions such as dens, lying areas and toys. They offer your cat extensive playing and scratching pleasure.

When choosing the right scratching post, you should consider your cat's preferences and needs. Some cats prefer to scratch horizontally, while others prefer a vertical scratching surface. Observe your cat's scratching behavior to find out what type of tree he prefers.

When purchasing a natural wood scratching post, there are some important factors you should consider to ensure it meets your cat's needs. Here are some of them:

  1. Size: The scratching post should be large enough for your cat to fully stretch out and scratch extensively. A good rule of thumb is that the tree should be at least as tall as your cat stands when it stands on its hind legs.
  2. Stability: The scratching post should be stable and not wobble when your cat leans on it or scratches on it. A stable base and high-quality materials are crucial for the stability of the tree.
  3. Material: Look for high-quality materials such as sturdy wood and sturdy sisal rope. Avoid low-quality products that will wear out quickly and disappoint your cat.
  4. Scratching surface: Make sure that the scratching post offers a sufficiently large scratching surface. The larger the area, the more opportunities your cat has to care for its claws.
  5. Design: Choose a design that fits your home while meeting your cat's needs. There are a variety of designs to choose from, from classic to modern.

Take time to compare different scratching posts and choose the ones that best suit your needs. Remember that quality and functionality are more important than price.

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If you decide to build your own natural wood cat tree, you will need some materials. Here is a list of materials needed to build a natural wood cat tree. If you decide to build your own natural wood cat tree, you will need a few materials. Here is a list of the materials you will need for construction:

  • Wooden board: Choose a sturdy wooden board that is large enough to provide the desired scratching surface.
  • Sisal rope: Sisal rope is a popular material for scratching posts because it provides a sturdy and scratch-resistant surface. Make sure the sisal rope is long enough to wrap around the entire tree.
  • Screws and nails: Use screws and nails to attach the wooden board and sisal rope.
  • Tools: You will need tools such as a saw, drill, hammer and screwdriver to build the scratching post.
  • Paint or wood treatment (optional): If you wish, you can treat the scratching post with paint or a wood treatment to protect it from moisture and wear.

Step-by-step instructions for building a natural wood cat tree If you're ready to build your own natural wood cat tree, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Step: Measure and mark the desired size of the scratching surface on the wooden board.
  2. Step: Cut the wooden board according to the marked dimensions with a saw.
  3. Step: Attach the sisal rope to one of the corners of the wooden board with a nail or screw.
  4. Step: Wrap the sisal rope around the wooden board and secure it with screws or nails every few centimeters.
  5. Step: Place the scratching post on a stable base and make sure it is stable.
  6. Step: Optionally, you can treat the scratching post with paint or a wood treatment product to protect it.
  7. Step: Allow the scratching post to dry completely before providing it to your cat.
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A natural wood scratching post requires regular maintenance and care to maintain its functionality and aesthetics. Here are some maintenance and care tips: 

  • Check the condition of the sisal rope regularly. If it is worn or damaged, replace it in time to avoid injury to your cat.
  • Clean the scratching post regularly to remove dust, dirt and cat hair. To do this, use a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush.
  • If the scratching post comes into contact with urine or other liquids, clean it immediately to avoid stains and odors.
  • Make sure that the scratching post is placed in a suitable place where your cat likes to scratch. Make sure it is away from delicate furniture or carpets.
  • Offer your cat additional incentives to use the scratching post, such as toys or catnip. This can draw their attention to the tree and encourage them to use it.

If you don't want to use a natural wood scratching post for various reasons, there are other alternatives. Here are some of them:

  • Cardboard Scratching Posts: Cardboard scratching posts are inexpensive and can be easily made from recycled cardboard. They provide a good scratching surface, but are less durable than natural wood scratching posts.
  • Sisal scratching posts: Sisal scratching posts consist of a post wrapped with sisal rope. They provide a sturdy scratching surface and are a good option if your cat likes to scratch vertically.
  • Scratching posts: Scratching posts are a popular alternative to individual scratching posts. They offer several scratching surfaces, lying areas and toys for your cat. Discover our bestseller Dreamland scratching post XXL.
  • Flower scratching post: Our flower scratching post offers an elegant design and a variety of functions. The reinforced base is lined with jute carpet, the toy tags are equipped with tinkling bells, and the cat cave is semi-enclosed to give the cat a sense of security.
  • Scratching Mats: Scratching mats are flat mats covered with sisal or other scratch-resistant materials. They can be attached to various surfaces and provide your cat with a horizontal scratching surface.
  • Sakura and Green Tree Cat Bed: Our cat bed collection features a tree trunk made from sisal, allowing your cat to both scratch and relax.

Remember that every cat has different preferences. Observe your cat's scratching behavior and experiment with different scratching surfaces to find what he likes best.

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