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How to Re-carpet a Cat Scratching Post

recarpet scratching postCat scratching posts are a necessity, but they’re not very eco-friendly. I try to extend the life of Furball’s cat tree by trimming the excess threads of carpet and vacuuming it regularly. However, there comes a time when the carpet is threadbare and the cat starts using the floor or the couch instead. Throwing out the scratching post and getting a new one is double whammy to the environment, so what’s a cat lover and tree hugger to do? The answer is to re-carpet that scratching post!

I’ll admit it does take some time and requires a few tools, but fortunately, you’ll only need to do it once every few years. Here are instructions with pictures on how to re-carpet a cat scratching post.

What You’ll Need:

  • Sharp knife for cutting carpet
  • Pliers
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Replacement carpet
  • Nails
  • Hammer or nail gun (nail gun is easier)

3 Steps and Your Done!

  1. Recycle your scratching postUse the sharp knife (be careful!) to cut the worn out carpet off of the scratching post. In this case, we took it off of Furball’s cat condo post. Remove the carpet from the scratching post in one piece. You may need to use the flat head screwdriver and pliers to work out any old nails holding the carpet in place.
  2. Use the removed carpet piece as a template. Place it over the replacement carpet and cut out a piece of carpet in the same size.
  3. Re-carpet that scratching post!Take the nail gun (be careful!) and nail the new piece of carpet onto the scratching post. Depending on the size of the carpet, a nail every 2″ should be adequate. Use more nails if the carpet piece is large and heavy. Use fewer if it is small and light.

That’s it! Of course, that take at least an hour of your life, but it’s well worth it to re-carpet your cat’s scratching post. You’ve recycled your old scratching post, prevented it from ending up in the landfill, you’ve saved on the resources needed to create a new scratching post AND you’ve saved some money too.

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Where To Find Replacement Carpet for Your Cat Scratching Post

  • Ask friends and family if they have any carpet remnants. Surprisingly, one of our best friends had a roll of carpet sitting in her garage for years. I would never have known if I didn’t ask.
  • Try posting on freecycle.org to request some carpet scraps.
  • Visit a carpet store to buy a remnant for a few dollars.

Tips for Making Your Own Cat Furniture Such as a Scratching Post or a Cat Tree

The typical carpeted cat scratching post is bulky, heavy and usually thrown out after Kitty has worn out the carpet.  Rather than buy another scratching post or cat condo, why not make your own?  Ideally, it would be better to re-carpet your scratching post or cat tree and I’ll talk about this in a future blog article.

Since many scratching posts can be made with odds and ends, you can reuse scraps of wood and carpet that would have ended up in the landfill instead.  Great sources of cat furniture material are friends, family and freecycle.org. Freecycle is like an online classifieds site where people in your community post items to be given away and request items they need.  I often see wood pieces up for grabs.

To get you started, I’ve searched the web for some decent instructions on how to make a scratching post from sisal rope, a cat condo and a basic cat scratching post made with carpet.

Here’s a video on how to make a basic cat scratching post:

If you want to try your own design, Rebecca Mountain of Mountain Cat Trees designs and builds eco-friendly cat trees.  She offers 4 tips for building a cat scratching post that your cat will love:

  1. First consider the scratching style your cat prefers. Some cats scratch vertically while others horizontally.
  2. Ensure the structure is designed not to wobble or tip as this is a sure way to scare your cat away from using it.
  3. Cat trees are best if they at least give access to the height of a window, for cats to see out.
  4. Scratching posts should have a surface that cats are attracted to such as sisal rope or a soft wood like cedar.

How to Reuse an Old Cat Toy Wand – An Eco-Friendly Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a little black kitten named Furball.  He was a spoiled prince of a cat and he had quite the assortment of wand toys. Over time, this little black cat would tear the dangling toys to shreds or rip all of the feathers out of the end of the wand.  Eventually, all that was left, were some nubby gnawed ends and pathetic remnants of string on a stick.

Furball’s owner was eco-conscious so instead of throwing out the old wand toys, she kept them.  Eventually she had quite the compendium sitting in a box in the closet.  One day, she had a bright idea.  She took a wand and removed the chewed up toy from the end.  Then, she took a thick elastic band and wrapped it around the end.  Next, she tied a rope around another elastic band and wrapped that around the same end.

Ta da!  And the wands lived happily ever after as reused toys.

The moral of this story:

1) If your cat eats elastic bands or tries to eat them, don’t do this!

2) If not, you don’t need to throw out the cat toy wand.  Instead, you can reuse it. Take a couple of thick elastic bands like the ones wrapped around broccoli.  Wrap one around the end of the stick.  Tie a toy to some twine or rope.  Then tie the other end around the other elastic band.  Finally, wrap it around the end of the stick as well.

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