The scrapers for cats They are a necessary and basic toy for any feline. Our pets need to vent, file their nails, scratch and have a place that is theirs, so if you do not want to see how your furniture begins to break, the scraper is the solution.
Cats scratch objects to communicate with other cats and their ‘humans’, in this way they leave visible and smelling messages. In addition, the process of scratching or scratching is so important for your pet, which is also part of their cleaning, grooming, play and emotional relief processes.
We know that scrapers for cats can be expensive, but as it is a basic necessity for your feline friend, it teaches you how to make a homemade scraper for cats. a place where your pet will feel safe, have fun and sand your nails, leaving all your furniture free of danger.
Making a homemade scraper for cats is much easier than you think, for this, the first thing you have to do is be clear about the design and make your own sketch. We recommend you check different types of scrapers and evaluate the space you have available at home as well as the needs of your cat.
Take a look in stores and even on the Internet to choose the right model. Remember that your pet will not be demanding and I assure you that you will be very happy with any design you choose. Keep in mind that the only essential thing is that the scraper has a rough area to scratch and a padded and soft area for your cat to rest.
Once you have decided what type of scraper you want to make, the next step is gather all the material. As we have already mentioned, you will be surprised how easy and economical it is to make yourself a homemade scraper for cats, so keep in mind that most of the materials mentioned below can be recycled, whether they are taken advantage of other things or found in the garbage containers.
- Wood sheets
- Soft cloth
- Rough mat (optional)
- Esparto, Mecate or Cannabis
- Padded padding
- Contact tail
- Stapler for upholstery
The tubes can be either plastic or cardboard, the important thing is that they are strong enough to support the structure you want to make. The number of tools will depend on how complicated or simple you want to make the scraper of your feline friend.
Now we started to work, for this, the first thing you should do is place the fixings to the tubes and cover them with esparto grass.
For place the squares that will fix the tube to the base of the scraper for cats you must place brackets secured with screws. The number of brackets of each tube will depend on the weight they have to support as well as the diameter of the tube. In this case we have placed three squares on each point.
Once you have finished with this, the following will be line the tube with esparto. This is the most important part of the scraper for your pet, so you have to do it with detail and love. Hook the end of the rope in one of the brackets and, after spreading the tube with contact glue, roll the esparto pressing well in each turn.
Tips and Tricks:
- Each 5-10 laps hits with a hammer the string that you have already stuck to the tube to ensure it is well compacted. Thus, when your cat scratches it will be harder to create holes.
- Use a mask, some contact tails are very strong and can cause headaches.
There is less left to finish your homemade cat scraper! At this point your pet is sure to help you, so be careful with the materials.
If you have already lined the tubes that you will use in the scraper for your cat, the next step is put together the structure. To do this, fix the tubes very well to the wooden sheets. Remember that you can make a simple scraper with a base and a tube or a much more complex structure with steps and boxes.
If you make a multi-story scraper, keep in mind that you must be very careful with the measurements. Make sure everything matches and use a level to check that the base and floors are straight and aligned.
It’s time to line and we’ll start with condition the scraper base for cats.
If your homemade scraper has more than one floor, I recommend that for the base you use a thick cloth or a carpet, like that of cars or the entrance to houses, for example. In this way your cat can also scratch and file his nails in this area of the scraper. If, on the other hand, it is a simple scraper, go directly to the next step, since this will not be necessary.
For place the mousepad, first cut the piece according to the measurements and make other cuts at the same height of the tubes and in this way you can make it fit without problems. Spread the whole surface with contact glue and see from one end to the other. Then, tap lightly with a hammer to eliminate air spaces that may have remained.
For line the soft parts of your homemade scraper you just have to cut the pieces of cloth following the measurements of all surfaces and use the stapler for upholstery. This tool will allow you to adjust the fabric to the edges of the wood and fix it.
When you get to the parts where you have tubes interspersed, all you have to do are cuts in the fabric that you can later join with the stapler. If you do not have a perfect lining do not worry because your pet will love it and I assure you it will be the happiest cat in the world when you lie down to rest and sleep in the scraper you’re doing for him.
Remember that to place the filling you only have to introduce it and spread it evenly over the entire surface you are lining, before stapling the last edge.
Finally, it only remains place the details. Place several toys around the scraper, for example, a hanging doll, another stuck in one of the tubes or a scratch area with a special reason, like mice!
Here you are free to use your imagination and look for the things that your cat most enjoy. Of course, remember that if it is a kitten there are some objects that can be dangerous, so first check the toys for small cats well and make sure your homemade scraper is a fun and safe place for your cat.
Finally and before presenting the new homemade scraper to your cat, I rub it with used socks or dirty rapa for impregnate it with your smell, this way your pet will feel more secure and will have more confidence with the scraper, your cat loves your smell!
Once you have the scraper ready, I recommend rubbing it well with a piece of dirty clothing, such as socks or a shirt. In this way the scraper will have your smell and it will be easier for your cat to be encouraged to know it.
It is also important that you choose a good place to place your cat’s new homemade scraper. Once you decide where to put it, do not move it, so Your pet will know what is your area.
And if by chance you have a problem with the adaptation of your cat with the new scraper I recommend you take a look at our article “teach a cat to use the scraper”. Sure you find the solution and you will have a great time seeing how your cat has fun.
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