When a new pet appears in the house, it becomes a great joyful event for the whole family, especially if it's a cute little kitten. But most of the time the joy lasts only until the first unpleasant incident involving the choice of the kitten for the wrong place for the toilet or with the damaged furniture and wallpaper.
To date, there is a huge selection of nails for every taste, but no one will give you a guarantee that the model you like will have to your cat's liking and heunconditionally will use it. A cat needs to get used to a new object, it may not like its smell, material, shape or size.
Therefore it is better to try to do a scratching yourself. It can not be said that you can save much on this, but you can confidently say that an independently made model will suit your pet individually, depending on its age, size, nature, habits and breed characteristics.
And if she likes it, it will be possible to determine already at the initial stage of manufacture, watching him.
In order for the cat to accurately like the cat should use natural materials that do not have sharp foreign odors. Depending on the desired result, natural wood, bars, plywood, laminated cardboard, natural rope, carpet or dense furniture can be used as a basis.
Further it is necessary to be defined with model - wall, floor, angular, in the form of a small house or the whole complex.to the table of contents ^
Simple corner scratching
The most common and popular option is a scratching post. In today's master class, we will try to make a similar model.
The following tools and materials are required for work:
- a wooden round plate with a diameter of 35 cm;
- wooden beam measuring 4 x 4 cm;
- long wood screws;
- wooden plate or plastic cover 4x4 cm;
- nylon rope or sisal rope - 50 meters;
- dyes for fabric;
- paint is white and tassel;
- construction stapler;
- adhesive tape;
Note that the base plate must be heavy and have a diameter of less than 35 cm, then the scratching pad will stand firm and the cat will not drop it. A cant be better to choose a length of 70 cm, so that he approached the height for both kittens and adults special.
First you need to fix the wooden beam in the center of the round base. To do this, it is better to mark the center with a pencil and ruler, then drill four holes in a round plate with a thin drill, place a column on it and screw four long screws on the back of the plate.
If everything is securely held, you can paint the base of the nail, and at the same time a wooden plate that you will use as a lid on the top of the column, white.
When painting the nylon rope, follow the instructions given on the package with the dye. Divide the rope into four parts: two paint in yellow and pink colors, and leave the rest in white. After the procedure, the rope should be well dried and faded, for this purpose, for a long time, preferably even at night, leave it outdoors. During this time, just dried and painted base.
The next day, you can start winding the tag. To do this, using a construction stapler, nail the edge of the nylon rope to the base of the post. And start winding the rope tight rings, previously promazyvaya column with glue. You can start with any color, and then add other colors. Between each other ropes of different colors, carefully fasten with adhesive tape, and fix the top edge with a stapler.
At the top, cover the remaining wooden area with a plastic lid or install a pre-painted wooden plate.
If anything like this was not found, you can simply paint the tip with white paint or zadekorirovat at its discretion.
If in your house there is a small kitten, then from the youngest age it should have its own territory, a place where it can hide and nobody will touch it, the place where it will sleep, play and exercise without interfering with the rest.
Such a place for him can become a house-scratching claw.
Find a house in the store is not difficult, but it's better to try to build it yourself, taking into account the individual characteristics of the cat and their living space.
So, if you decide to make a "cat's house", then it's better to do it on the weekend, because the whole process can take you about two days. One day for sawing parts, the other for assembly and plating.
To begin with it is worth considering how the house should look like. As a basis, you can take our drawings, especially since such a house size is suitable for all average cats weighing up to 5 kg. If your pet is bigger, then you should proportionally increase all sizes.
Scheme of the base.
House floor scheme.
Front wall is similar to the rear, but with an entrance.
For making a house, it's easiest to use a 16 mm thick plywood or chipboard. Note that the corners of the roof, base and shelves will need to be rounded.
Order the cutting of parts better in a furniture workshop or a special department of a construction hypermarket, although if you have the appropriate skills, you can do it yourself.
In addition, for work you will need:
- pipe for a bar rack - 1.5 meters;
- flange for pipe - 4 pieces;
- rope sisal 10 mm - 30 meters;
- artificial fur leopard - 1.5 x 1.5 meters;
- faux fur gray - 1 x 1.5 meters;
- artificial fur with long nap - 0,5 x 0,7 m;
- universal adhesive or thermo-gun;
- stapler and staples;
- metal corners - 4 pieces;
- screwdriver;Wood screws 16 mm - 8 pieces;
- confirmations - 30 pieces;
- key for confirmation;
- drill with sweat under the Confirmate 6 mm;
- hacksaw for metal;
- scissors and clerical knife.
When all the parts from the EAF are ready you can start collecting and lining the house.
First you need to sew the base and shelves with gray artificial fur. Cut out a larger rectangle from the fabric than the base, wrap the part with it and secure it with a stapler on the bottom side. Wrap shelves on both sides.
Then you can assemble the roof. Using metal corners, pull all the roof elements from the inside out.
Now connect the three walls of the house with the confirmations and encase them from the inside with one piece of leopard fur. The holes for the entrance can be cut with a clerical knife, and the edges of the fabric should be glued along the entire perimeter of the circle.
Fit the fourth wall from the inside separately, and then screw it to the rest.
With one piece of cloth, wrap all four walls outside and fix the fur with a stapler.
Attach the resulting box to the base with the help of confirmation letters, screwing them from the back of the base.
To do the scratching, the metal pipe must be cut in two pieces - 50 and 65 cm. Firstly, using a 8-pin wood screw, fix the circular part of the chipboard. To it we mount a flange, and in it we establish a pipe of greater length. The second part of the flange is screwed to one of the shelves and put on the pipe from above.
We connect the smaller pipe with a flange to another shelf and install it on the roof of the house. Both pipes tightly wrapped with a rope and fix it with glue. In advance when buying a rope, you should pay attention to its smell, ideally it should be completely absent.
The roof is screwed on the confirmations to the walls of the house and covered with fur with a long pile.
Under one of the shelves you can attach a hook and hang your favorite toys of your cat on it.
"Koshkin Dom" is ready for occupancy.
Give the pet the opportunity to inspect and sniff everything, try not to invade his territory, let him figure it out himself. And then such a house - a scratching pad will become a real fortress for your pet.