How to Make a Scratching Post With a Padded Seat for Cats

Repurposing an old stool into a padded seat with a hammock, toys and scratching post legs

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How to Make a Scratching Post With a Padded Seat for Cats
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I began with this old stool I found in our garage. It was in good shape, just needed cleaned up a bit as it was stained and had some scratches in the wood.

I began with this old stool I found in our garage. It was in good shape, just needed cleaned up a bit as it was stained and had some scratches in the wood.

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I disassembled the seat from the base and carefully removed the staples to take off the old stained fabric.

I disassembled the seat from the base and carefully removed the staples to take off the old stained fabric.

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I laid out the old fabric to get a rough pattern for the new cover.

I laid out the old fabric to get a rough pattern for the new cover.

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The hardest part was winding the sisal rope around the legs since somebody thought it was a game.

The hardest part was winding the sisal rope around the legs since somebody thought it was a game.

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Sure enough, the others had to join in which really slowed down the process.

Sure enough, the others had to join in which really slowed down the process.

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After I finished each leg, I secured the rope with a staple.

After I finished each leg, I secured the rope with a staple.

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Under close supervision, I stapled the new fabric onto the cushioned top.

Under close supervision, I stapled the new fabric onto the cushioned top.

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Make sure it's tested for comfort prior to reattaching.

Make sure it's tested for comfort prior to reattaching.

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I decided after I was nearly done I wanted it painted. I definitely recommend the painting step before winding the sisal.

I decided after I was nearly done I wanted it painted. I definitely recommend the painting step before winding the sisal.

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I cut a square piece of fabric and slit the corners to tie them around the legs to create a hammock. I then took wand toys and tied them on the dowels for playtime.  It's a hit! 3 happy kittens!

I cut a square piece of fabric and slit the corners to tie them around the legs to create a hammock. I then took wand toys and tied them on the dowels for playtime. It's a hit! 3 happy kittens!

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