DIY: Make a hut for your cat with integrated scratching

Just because you can make your feline happy with not much: a little rope, cardboard, wood... and elbow grease! Thanks to you, he will be able to join the useful to the pleasant by scratching himself in a comfortable shelter.

Lucky is a real devil, he tries to make claws everywhere in the house! Fortunately, this idea to make him a cozy little place to sleep, but also a scratcher that will prevent him from attacking armchairs . This is a tube-shaped basket covered with rope, all surrounded by a wooden structure to hold it in place and create a super trendy object!

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This is a very easy structure to do. It is possible to strengthen it if your cat is playful and stirring. The marriage of natural rope and white paint fits easily into the decoration of salon

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How to make a hut with scratching post to your cat?

What you need:

  • Sisal rope
  • Cardboard in quite a large quantity
  • Wooden cleats of at least 2 x 2 cm and 4 m long
  • Nails (size is to be chosen according to the width of your cleat)
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Glue gun with less 4 tubes
  • Tape
  • A saw
  • A cutter

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The realization

Step 1: You first have to cut the wooden battens that will be used to create your structure using your saw.

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Step 2: For a standard hut, cut: ◦ 4 x 25 cm cleats ◦ 4 x 30 cm cleats ◦ 4 x 40 cm cleats

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Step 3: If you wish, you can paint your cleats. Personally, I chose white. It is advisable to spend at least two layers.

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Step 4: We go now switch to basket. Take a rectangle of cardboard (about 38 cm by 120, depending on the size of your structure). It must be thick enough not to warp when your cat gets into his basket to sleep. If you want to strengthen it, you can double it. He must break his form, that is to say roll him on himself so that it bends.

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Step 5: Gather the two ends of your rectangle to create a tube and glue the two edges with your adhesive tape

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Step 6: To form the bottom of your basket, place your tube on another piece of cardboard and draw its outline. Then you have to cut it with your cutter.

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Step 7: Using your duct tape, stick the bottom of your basket to your tube. Again, if you want to strengthen your basket, do not hesitate to double your background.

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Step 8: We will now wind up your cardboard tube with rope. Place some hot glue on the edge of the back of the tube.

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Step 9: Place your rope on the glue still hot so that it is fixed well.

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Step 10: Continue the operation on a straight line around the tube by placing a little glue.

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Step 11: Once a complete first turn is made, make a second row tight against the first. From time to time, you can place some glue between the rows to prevent gaps from forming. Renew these operations to cover the entire tube. If you want to strengthen your basket, take thicker rope.

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Step 12: Paint the back of the basket or cover it with rope. If you opt for painting, spend at least two layers.

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Step 13: For aesthetic reasons, it is best to also paint the inside of the tube. You can also cover it with fabric, using special glue.

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Step 14: Now let's take the cleats to make the structure. First mount the two frames with the nails. To do this you need to assemble twice two battens of 25 with two of 30.

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Stage 15: Attach the four long battens to the four corners of one of the frames. Place your basket in the middle, then nail the second frame

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Small tip: You You can paint a little bit of paint on the nails that are visible: they will then become invisible

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Lucky l immediately adopted! The big advantage of this beautiful construction is the double hut for sleeping and scratching. You can add color if you wish and of course, you can slip a small cushion, so that your cat is even better in his little cabin.

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Eloise Benedetti
Editor for Houzz

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