Sisal is durable enough to withstand your kitty's razor-sharp claws
Another reason for not using carpet is longevity. Most cats like to scratch the same spot again and again. Anyone who has ever lost the corner of their couch to cat scratching knows all about this. On a carpeted cat tree, a cat will go back to the same spot, quickly shredding a particular corner. Once this happens the carpet fibers begin to shed everywhere and soon you are left with an eye-sore and a perpetual mess. Mountain Pet Products uses sisal rope, manila rope or wood as the main scratching surface. Sisal is a natural plant fiber and when woven into rope is very durable. Our sisal rope scratchers on all of our cat trees are replaceable which adds many years to the life of your cat tree. Manila rope has a very similar texture as sisal but there is a small amount of oil used in the manufacture which makes the rope slightly smoother.
I wouldn’t recommend using a different, cheaper form of rope, as a lot of the websites I found indicated that sisal rope is really the best for a cat scratching post, and other types of rope just aren’t as good for cats’ claws and/or aren’t as appealing to cats.
Sisal or manila rope is very popular for use on scratching posts because most cats like its texture. It’s strong and resilient, but cats are also able to really dig their claws in. The base on the scratching posts and cat trees is Basswood and the cat tree posts are cedar, both of which are soft enough wood for cats to scratch if they like.If your cat still has his claws, it's essential to find a scratching post that your furry friend will prefer over your furniture. Many pet owners find that their cats like sisal scratching posts, and that they prefer it to other materials (including upholstery!). But not all sisal cat scratching posts are made equal, and not all are as effective as the rest. When it comes to choosing between rope and woven sisal, you'll find woven sisal to be a much better solution for your cat and home. Good instructable. I just finished doing a scratch post for my neighbour's cats. It is 33" tall, 4" diameter. It took me 3 full spools of 50' each to wrap around the post tightly. I initially started using the mini glue gun and realized that I kept adding sticks every few minutes. So I used the full sized glue gun and long sticks. I used only 9 sticks to glue the sisal. I took the precaution to glue all the way around for each rung of rope. I chose to make the post 33" tall as that is the full length of each cat when they fully stretch. They love to reach as high as possible to get a good stretch. I've been meaning to post an instructable showing an awesome, inexpensive, easy to make cat seat/ scratch post that I came up with a while ago. For as little as 15-20 bucks you can create something you and your cats will love. This particular example is more expensive because of the sisal rope, but a nice fabric substitute will lower cost and not the aesthetic value or appeal to your cats.Cats love woven sisal due to its rough texture. Scratching posts made from woven sisal have a more resistant surface, which makes scratching more challenging – and fun! – for the cat. They are also more durable, which means your scratching post won't shred and the fabric won't come apart. Rope Sisal can become sharp after scratching causing the cat discomfort and leading to the cat abandoning the post all together. By choosing a woven sisal post, you will be protecting your furniture and giving your cat an opportunity to stretch out, mark his territory and shed the outer layer of his claws. When Sonia isn't writing for Unplggd or her pet blog, , she's contributing great solutions like this one she shared over at . Home Hack month is over, but feline lovers on a budget and with some DIY gumption might find inspiration to follow Sonia and Bruce's footsteps via their thorough and concise instructions detailing how to build a customizable sisal rope cat scratcher:
After my husband and I threw down 600 bucks on a new couch we knew we had to do something about the cats. Since kitten pie was out of the question, we thought to invest in a scratching post that was so enticing, even the couch would no longer appeal. Unfortunately, when I went to the pet store, the sisal cat scratcher I've always wanted was priced at $70. Um, no. Sorry. Luckily, a few days later my husband came home with all the ingredients to make the ultimate sisal and carpet cat scratcher. Here's how we did it...