Real Branch Cat Tree & Scratcher
Find & Fix it Friday
Last Spring, I surprised my hubby with a little siamese kitten gifted to me by a local ranch/wedding venue owner. I could not resist when I saw his tiny little adorable kitty face! Now that he is grown up, I figured he might enjoy a little jungle gym just for him. So, Sam and I went out for a walk to find something to play with.
I was pretty stoked when I found an insanely large branch just a couple of blocks away.It was so huge that we needed to do a bit o’ trimming. No gardening tools? No problem!Time to make the trek back and see if I can transform this into a kitty tree. Miracles can happen!First step was to cut the branch down to size! I am not blessed with 20 foot ceilings, so I had to shrink the branch down to about 7 feet.
Next, it was time to shed the bark. I found that a simple rasp worked beautifully for scraping and lifting the loose bark clean off of the branch.
Once the bark was removed, I sanded it down smooth.Time to create a base! I used some scrap 4″ X 4″ posts to create some weight and balance.
Chopping them down to size, I tried to maintain a center opening that matched the diameter of the branch base.
Gonna hold my breath here….will it fit????Sigh of relief!!!!I decided to use some simple L brackets to stabilize the branch. Don’t worry! I will figure out a way to disguise that!Grabbing some more L brackets and some basic bamboo cutting boards from the dollar store, I created some climbing perches for Cinder to hang out on.Last, but not least, I used some sisal rope to hide my L brackets and give Cinder a nice place to sharpen his claws. I think I may rub the rope down with some catnip to get the habit started!
Just wind the rope around the branch and secure with a hammer and nails. If you want it to feel super secure, use some wood glue, as well.
With the addition of a basket that I screwed down to one of the cutting boards, the cat tree feels done. Time to let Cinder explore!
Here kitty, kitty…..