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Here are some easy DIY projects which you can put around the house to make you the best cat owner ever. We’re paw-sitive that your cat will love every single one of them and forever be by your side, we’re not kitten you!

 

Hanging cat bed

This extremely easy DIY is also what some would call cat heaven. Simply take a fabric of your choice, we’d suggest something along the lines of lycra as its stretchy and comfortable, and  measure the width in between each leg, add 5cm for cat weight, and cut out the width of your needed material. Finally, sew velcro strips onto each corner of fabric and bob’s your uncle! You’ll have the purr-fect space saving cat bed.

 

Self petting station

This claw-ver hack is the best solution to making your cat feel loved 24/7. Start by detaching 2 new bottle brushes from their handles. Then, drill a hole through a 1X1 inch wooden cube, and apply glue to 1 wired end of each of the brushes and slide them through from each end. Wrap some of your chosen 14X14 inch fabric around a 12X12 inch wooden base and secure underneath with a staple gun. Drill 2 holes on opposite ends of your wrapped surface, then insert and glue the other ends of your wired brushes to the base. You’re done!

 

Cardboard skyscraper scratcher

This economical cat scratcher will save you from having your fur-niture damaged by your cats claws, and is recyclable! This particular scratcher was designed as a skyscraper but you can make this as intricate as you like. To make it yourself, drill a hole into the centre of a wooden 12″ x 12″ x 1/2″ board and 36″ wood dowel. Screw the dowel into the base with a a 1-1/2″ wood screw. Then prep, cut and trace your template onto your cardboard. Assemble your layers as you wish, making sure to secure each layer with glue to be safe. Once it’s dried, it’s ready to get scratching!

 

Kitty wall mount

If you’re feline creative, this DIY design is perfect for you. It has the paw-sibility of lots of creative freedom to play around with how you’d like to your wall mount to appear in your space and can play around with the shapes of your boxes – even add a rug for your cat’s added comfort. Cats love being high up and in small enclosed spaces, for the simple reason of making them feel secure and safe from any potential threats. It’s purr-fect for your feline friends!

 

DIY cat griffer

This cat owner must-have is hiss-terically easy. Cut a wooden board into 3 strips of about 50cm and nail them together to create a triangular shape. Paint them your cats favourite colour for some added jazz. Glue your cats favourite hanging cat toy at the tallest triangle tip and your griffer is ready to use! As a plus, you could use a hot glue gun to wrap around and stick down some rope on each surface of your triangle so that your griffer doubles up as a scratching post! It’s pretty paw-some.

 

We hope you enjoyed these hacks and hope to see you get inspired by some of them! If you make your own please don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #ManoManoUK. Happy DIYing!

 

DIY Cat Bed with Scratching Post

 

DIY Cat Scratcher

Looking for a stylish, easy to make cat scratcher? This scratcher is very affordable, as you can usually get your hands on carpet tile samples very inexpensively (and sometimes even for free). Have fun customising the DIY cat scratcher, with different coloured or textured carpets, and different backing for the carpet.

Tools and materials

The main things you’ll need for this project are a carpet tile and a piece of wood. Carpet tiles are very inexpensive, and you can usually pick up samples in interesting colours or patterns.

You will need the following tools and materials for this diy cat post:

Carpet square
Wooden board or plastic sheet
Saw
Blade
Sander
Hammer and nails OR short screws
Pliers and wire and hooks OR a drill and jig for pocket holes and pocket hole screws
Varnish or stain or paint (optional)

Cost, time and difficulty

This project should end up being around £25, with the cost varying depending on how you decide to make your DIY cat scratcher. This link will take you to a guideline ManoMano shopping basket where you can find some of the materials used.

This project is perfect for beginners – you’ll see how easy it is to complete, you won’t need more than a morning or afternoon to finish it.

Step by step for how to make your own cat scratching post

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Step 1: Prepare your wooden board

Firstly, decide how big you want your scratcher to be (keeping in mind if you want a very large scratcher, you may have to use multiple carpet squares). Cut your wood down to size. Sand down any rough edges, wipe off the dust, and give your wood your preferred finish. If you prefer the natural wood, we’d recommend giving it a clear coat of varnish nonetheless, to protect it from any straying claws. 

If you can’t get hold of a sheet or large board of wood, then plastic would work too, although it may be a little more difficult to use. For a budget friendly option, you could also opt for pallets. For this option, you’d just need to cut three lengths of wood the same size from your pallet, and attach them with a few perpendicular strips on the back. If you’re wondering how to find free or cheap pallets, we have a whole article about this!

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Step 2: Attach your carpet square

Next, measure out your carpet square against your board. We chose to make it around an inch and a half smaller than our board, so the border would peep out of the sides. Once you’ve decided on the size, cut your carpet tile with a retractable blade.

To attach your square, you can nail each corner in with your hammer. If you choose to do this, we recommend also adding some strong adhesive between the two to ensure the square doesn’t budge. Alternatively, you could attach the carpet by drilling screws into each corner.

Step 3: Hang your cat scratcher

To hang, we twisted wire into a U shape, and secured this loop by twisting the bottom tightly with pliers. We hot glued this to the back. Alternatively, for a cleaner finish (and perhaps also more secure) you could also drill holes into the back of the wood, and mount these onto nails.

Sprinkle with catnip to get the ball rolling, and hang from screws or hooks.

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Alternatively, you could leave the cat scratching board on the floor (we’d recommend putting down a rug pad so it doesn’t slip).

We hope you (and your cats) enjoyed this tutorial, and that perhaps it can help save some pieces of furniture from your cats claws. As always, if you try out this tutorial, we’d love to see! Feel free to send us a photo via our Facebook, or our contact page.

DIY Cat Bed with Scratching Post

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Does your cat need a new scratching post or bed? If so, they’ll love this DIY cat bed with integrated scratching post and a small play area. It’s win-win for the two of you: you use less space, and the cat will enjoy hours of endless fun and relaxation!

Cats are well known for always managing to find the comfiest spot in the house. In fact, they usually sleep right on our favourite armchair. If you want to avoid this, the best thing to do is create a dedicated space for your cat, where it can relax, play, sharpen its claws and sleep. To make this for yourself, just follow our step by step tutorial.

Tools and materials

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To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:

In addition, these materials will be needed:

Cost, time and difficulty

If you already have the right tools, the approximate price of the materials is less than £60. As a guideline,  this link will show you a suggested shopping basket with some of the tools and materials required.

This is a medium-difficulty DIY project and is perfect for handy men or women who have some experience when it comes to DIY in general. It should take you around a day to complete, between cutting, assembly, and painting the different pieces that make up the bed/scratching post.

Measurements and plan

This cat bed with scratching post is made from independent stacking sections. Each section is a level or floor. In the following photo you can see the measurements for each unit as used in our DIY project.

Step by step cat bed with Scratcher

As noted in the previous point, this bed is made up of 3 sections of the same size, stacked one on top of the other from the ground up. Each unit measures 51cm in length, 32cm wide and 28cm high. However, each one has its own distinguishing features:

  • base section or ground floor. This has corners cut to a 45 degree angle. One end is also partly open to allow the cat to look out, and to use as a play area.
  • Scratcher or first floor. One of its sides has been wrapped in sisal rope to allow the cat to sharpen its claws.
  • Top section or second floor. This section is accessed from the underside and has been designed with a cut-out cat face.

To assemble the various sections, follow these steps:

Step 1: Cut the parts

Use the telescopic mitre saw to cut each of the boards, following the measurements indicated in the table above. In the case of the pieces for the base unit, please remember the following:

  • Both sides have one corner cut to an angle of 45 degrees, with the remaining three cut to 90 degrees.
  • The 28cm sides of the back piece are to be bevel cut with a 30° slant.

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Step 2: Cut out the cat face

On one of the sides measuring 49 × 28cm, cut out the cat face. To do this, draw the outline of the cat face with a pencil and drill a hole in it. Next, insert the jigsaw and cut out the shape. Last, use a rotating tool to sand the inner edges and smooth the borders.

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Step 3: Assemble the pieces for each section

In the next step, you will assemble the different parts of each section. To do this, follow the diagram below:

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  • Base: Position the two walls with the cut-away corner facing downwards. Screw the upper part to the roof and the lower part to the floor. Attach the sloping end, leaving the top half open.
  • Scratching post: screw the sides measuring 49 x 28cm and 30 x 28cm to the base and roof. Attach a wall at each end of this section.
  • Cut out: screw the walls to the roof and base measuring 30 x 28cm. Attach the end.

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Step 4: Paint the sections

Next, you will paint each section. We have used an acrylic enamel paint for the outside and left the interiors bare.

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Step 5: Attach the rope and toys

The final step is to wrap the sisal rope around the narrowest wall of the second unit. To do this, staple the end of the rope to the inside of the unit. Next, wind the rope around the wall until it is completely wrapped.

Also, at the end opening of the base section, attach some hooks to hang toys.

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Lastly, all that’s left to do is stack the units one on top or another. Although they will stay in place by themselves, if you want more stability, screw them together from the inside.

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The final say goes to the stars of this DIY project: our feline friends. It looks like the new bed/ scratching post is a hit, does it not?

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Are you keen to make a bed for your pets? Let your cats enjoy a space created especially for them. If you also get the use of your favourite armchair back, then all the effort will have been well worth it!

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