5 Ideas to Recycle an Old Cat Scratching Post
Today’s Guest post is from Melianie Cho
Cats love to scratch. It’s their favorite past time. This is what makes cat scratching posts an important addition to the home furnishing of every cat owner. Scratching posts however, wither with time, and cats usually stop going near them anymore. That does not mean you should just toss them out. They can still be quite useful around the house. Here are some ideas to reuse them:
1. Bar Stools
Your thick wooden cat scratching post is now a sore sight in your lounge as it is no longer appealing to your cat. Do not toss it away. Just take the covering off, whether it is sisal rope, carpet or any other material, and turn the post into a bar stool. Most scratching posts are tall and sturdy, and so it is safe to make a high bar stool out of it. All you need to do is attach a sturdy seat on top. You can even paint the post to match the theme of your furniture.
2. Napkin Rings
If the scratching post your cat was using is made out of thick cardboard, you can make beautiful napkin rings out of it. Just discard the top covering and cut the roll into equal sections. Cover them with a beautiful gift wrapping paper that matches the theme of your dining room. Embellish the covered cardboard with glitter, stones, sequins or other accessories. This will be a perfect addition to your dinner table. Impress your guests with your creativity the next time they come down to your house for dinner.
3. Shelf for Books
If you were planning to buy a book shelf in the near future, you can make one at home with a used wooded post. Most cats scratch the material on their scratching posts, but the covering protects the thick wood inside. Discard the covering and polish the wood plank well. Screw the wood plank on an empty wall and use it as a bookshelf. This will cost you a lot less and will give you a sense of accomplishment as well.
4. Toy Blocks
Wooden toy blocks are classic children favorite, plus they are natural. Cat scratching posts have long poles that can be cut with a saw. Sand each piece to make them smooth, and paint them as you please. Even if you don’t have kids in the house, the recycled toy blocks will surely be a fun gift for other children.
Making your own paperweights can be as complicated or as easy as you want. It can be a plain wooden bar made from the scratching post’s pole or base, or it can be carved and painted for more elegant appeal. Just make sure to clean the wood and smooth it out by sanding before putting on decorations.
So, get your creative juices flowing and recycle your old cat scratching post. Not only will this save you money, it will allow you to make use of materials you would have discarded otherwise.
Melianie Cho is a pet product reviewer for Real Smart, one of Australia’s fastest growing online department stores. Being a pet lover herself, Melianie also serves as one of its resident bloggers. She has guest authored in other pet-related sites as well, sharing tips and information for pet parents online.