This Catit Style Blow Molded Scratcher, Hourglass was my inspiration for a DIY vase scratching post. It is hollow and branches or flowers can be put inside.
I bought this ceramic vase at a thrift shop for $5. You could use any size or shape you like, but the heavier and sturdier the better, avoid glass.
I used Sisal Rope that you can buy from amazon, pet stores or from a home and garden store.
Beginning at the base I used a hot glue gun to wrap the rope around the vase as tightly and evenly as possible. It will not be perfect but that’s okay. I used a kitchen knife to help push the rope into the glue without burning my fingers.
Because it’s a scratching post the most important consideration is how sturdy the structure is. If it falls over while your cat scratches he will not want to use it again. I filled the bottom 1/3 of the vase with rocks and broken ceramic pot pieces to weight it down. If yours is really un-sturdy you may need to make a bottom structure that you glue or screw it into, similar to the CATit scratcher pictured above.
I put some tree branches and some IKEA fake flowers. Cornelius loves those yellow flowers and it encourages him to play.
Cats need to scratch, it is a vital biological need. Providing them a variety of scratching posts is the best prevention for unwanted scratching of your furniture. Be creative, scratching posts do not need to be an eyesore in your home.
Many readers were asking if this would fall over. At first it didn’t. The weight and rocks inside the vase kept it up. However when we brought home a new kitten she started trying to climb up to the branches and knocked it over.
Immediately I found a solution because I didn’t want the cats to be afraid to use it. I used a kitchen Slate board
that I had and didn’t want anymore, but a ceramic tile would work perfect as well. I just hotglued the bottom to the slate. And it hasn’t moved since.
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Originally published April 19th 2015. Updated September 19th 2015