Scratch, scratch, scratch. We, cats love and need to scratch. It is one of natural, instinctive things – not a naughtiness – that cats do. Human got me my own cat tree as present for my first birthday in august, last year. I love it very much, especially because my old, kitten-sized scratching post has become too small (or have I become too big? – not sure on that one) to scratch on.
The only thing that bothers me is that when I scratch and scratch on daily basis, the cat tree (the sisal ropes to be exact) starts to wear out and has now turned very ugly. So, I need a brand new cat tree, right?
“No, we are not going to buy a new one. Instead, we are going to repair your scratching posts ourselves and it is going to be a fun thing to do together”, said Human. I don’t know about the fun part but Human and I have had two simple ways to repair the scratching post:
1. Replacing the worn out sisal ropes
If you only want to replace the worn out sisal ropes, you’ll be needing:
- Twisted sisal ropes, similar to T.W. Evans Cordage’s or Wellington Cordage’s.
- A heavy-duty staple gun, similar to Stanley TR150HL SharpShooter Heavy-Duty Staple Gun.
- Heavy duty staples, similar to Stanley TRA700BN Heavy-Duty Staple.
- An Industrial Glue Gun, similar to Surebonder PRO2-100 Industrial Glue Gun.
How to replace the worn out sisal ropes
- Take the worn out scratching posts off the cat tree so you can replace the sisal ropes a lot easier.
- Cut the worn out sisal ropes and glue the end of the ropes onto the scratching post.
- Glue the start of the new sisal rope and start to wrap the scratching post up with it.
- Wait a few minutes for the glue to dry and start to use the staple gun where necessary.
- Attach the scratching posts back onto the cat tree.
Please note, whilst the methode itself is great but Human was shocked when she found out that I was chewing some staples that came off the scratching posts. So, use this methode only if you are strong enough to use the heavy-duty staple gun properly.
Fortunately, Human found some ready-made scratching post replacements made by Trixie at Amazon DE (and yes, they can be shipped worldwide). So, lets go ahead and continue with the second methode of repairing the scratching post.
2. Replacing the worn out scratching posts
Replacing the worn out scratching posts with the ready-made scratching post replacements (spares) is obviously a lot easier that the first methode above. All you need to do is ordering the right diameter, the length and the most importantly, the thread diameter (mine is M8, see image above).
How to replace the worn out scratching posts
- Go to Amazon DE, order the right scratching post replacements and wait for them to arrive.
- Take the worn out scratching posts off the cat tree.
- Replace them with the new ready-made scratching post replacements.
- That’s it. It’s ready to use without worrying that your cat might be chewing some loosen staples.
As you see, my brand new scratching posts are bigger, longer and also steadier than the old ones. So, now I can continue scratching and playing.
And of course, looking for some snacks. Yummy!
Goog luck repairing and replacing the scratching posts and share your stories with us in the comment section below.
Bonus tips from Human:
- Click here to order a cat tree with scratching posts by Go Pet Club from Amazon.com.
- Click here to order ready-made scratching post replacements (spares) by Trixie from Amazon DE.