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    How to Re-carpet a Cat Scratching Post

    recarpet scratching postCat scratching posts are a necessity, but they’re not very eco-friendly.  I try to extend the life of Furball’s cat tree by trimming the excess threads of carpet and vacuuming it regularly.  However, there comes a time when the carpet is threadbare and the cat starts using the floor or the couch instead.  Throwing out the scratching post and getting a new one is double whammy to the environment, so what’s a cat lover and tree hugger to do?  The answer is to re-carpet that scratching post!

    I’ll admit it does take some time and requires a few tools, but fortunately, you’ll only need to do it once every few years.  Here are instructions with pictures on how to re-carpet a cat scratching post.

    What You’ll Need:

    • Sharp knife for cutting carpet
    • Pliers
    • Flat head screwdriver
    • Replacement carpet
    • Nails
    • Hammer or nail gun (nail gun is easier)

    3 Steps and Your Done!

    1. Recycle your scratching postUse the sharp knife (be careful!) to cut the worn out carpet off of the scratching post.  In this case, we took it off of Furball’s cat condo post.  Remove the carpet from the scratching post in one piece.  You may need to use the flat head screwdriver and pliers to work out any old nails holding the carpet in place.
    2. Use the removed carpet piece as a template.  Place it over the replacement carpet and cut out a piece of carpet in the same size.
    3. Re-carpet that scratching post!Take the nail gun (be careful!) and nail the new piece of carpet onto the scratching post.  Depending on the size of the carpet, a nail every 2″ should be adequate.  Use more nails if the carpet piece is large and heavy.  Use fewer if it is small and light.

    That’s it!  Of course, that take at least an hour of your life, but it’s well worth it to re-carpet your cat’s scratching post.  You’ve recycled your old scratching post, prevented it from ending up in the landfill, you’ve saved on the resources needed to create a new scratching post AND you’ve saved some money too.

    Where To Find Replacement Carpet for Your Cat Scratching Post

    • Ask friends and family if they have any carpet remnants. Surprisingly, one of our best friends had a roll of carpet sitting in her garage for years.  I would never have known if I didn’t ask.
    • Try posting on freecycle.org to request some carpet scraps.
    • Visit a carpet store to buy a remnant for a few dollars.

     
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