Because your couch needs a break.
Need a stylish place for your cat to scratch its paws? This cactus scratching post is the cutest solution! Check out the tutorial below.
- 1 3-inch ABS pipe (cut into 3-inch sections)
- 2 3-inch wye joints
- 2 3-inch 45-degree elbow
- 3 3-inch coupling
- 1 3-inch flushing
- 3 foam balls
- 1 wooden disk
- 2 ¼-inch x 100-feet sisal ropes
- Hot glue
- Fabric dye
- Felt (for flowers)
- Dye 150 feet of the rope green. Let dry.
- Drill pilot holes through flushing into wooden disc.
- Place flushing over wooden disk and mark holes.
- Drill pilot holes where you marked.
- Screw flushing to wooden disk. Set aside.
- Cut 3-inch ABS pipe into 5 3-inch sections using a hacksaw.
- Push 1 of the pipe pieces into flushing.
- Pour cement into this pipe. This is to weigh it down.
- Let dry.
- Now, to start building the cactus shape.
- Put couplings on, stacking them, held together by 3-inch pieces of 3-inch pipe. Use a hammer to make sure joints are tight.
- Connect 45 elbows to the wye joints.
- Connect wye joints and elbows to the base of the cactus, using 3-inch pieces of 3-inch pipe.
- Push down the cactus to ensure all joints are secure.
- Hot glue the foam balls into the opening of the 3 tops.
- Using hot glue, coil your dyed rope from bottom to top to cover the cactus.
- Coil the undyed rope around flushing and covering base.
- Check to remove all extraneous pieces of hot glue, rope, etc. to make this safe for your kitty.
- Add some felt flowers for a little pop of color.
- If desired, rub some catnip on it to make your cat more inclined to scratch!