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How to build a scratching post for your kitties
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Text: Michael Doherty
Illustration: Veronica Karlsson

I built a good, durable post for my cats for $12.  All you need is a
square piece of plywood for the bottom.  Buy 2 feet (or taller if you
want it) of 4 x 4 posts used for fencing.  Buy a bolt to attach 4 x 4
to plywood through the bottom.  You now have a post.  Buy 100 feet of
1/4 inch twine.  This next part is hard to explain so I'll illustrate
with some pictures.  This is what you want to build:

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Drill a hole in the direction of the arrow all the way through the
post.

Thread the sting through it and tie a knot at the end.  This gives
you one end that is attached.

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Spread wood glue over entire post (Thin layer).


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Then start tightly wrapping twine around post.  Wear gloves because
this part is a little tough.

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When you are near the top, again thread string through a predrilled
hole and tie a knot as close to the wood as possible.  Then what I did
is extend the string out another 8 inches...tie a knot....leave
another inch.  This gives them a toy.

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I forgot....go to the carpet store and purchase one of their 2x2
samples for $2.00.  Cut a hole in the middle and place of post and
push down to base.  This prevents injuries from landing on plywood.


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