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Pampering My Cat with Purina + DIY Scratching Post Tutorial

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Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

Happy Tuesday darlings!!

I get to talk about one of my FAVE topics on the blog today....my cat, Lexi! My Lexi just turned 2 years old and I shared her story on my blog last month and you can read all about it here. Just to give you a quick recap, I adopted Lexi at 5 weeks old when she was found in a box with her two sisters a few days before Thanksgiving. Yes! It was a very cold November and weighing less than a pound, someone left kittens outside. So the partnership between Lexi and I begun...let me share some fun facts about Lexi..

Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

  • Lexi's full name is Lexington. I have a "thing" about naming all of my pets after NYC landmarks/streets. So I've had Chelsea, Madison, and now Lexington. (I'm thinking about adopting another girl and naming her Liberty...)
  • She's an orange/white medium haired tabby with hazel eyes
  • She lovesss to be pampered. I think it's because I've had her since she was 5 weeks old so she's used to be wrapped in cashmere blankets and rocked to sleep. She actually climbs on my lap and is very pushy about being rocked to sleep
  • Lexi wakes up at 5am every morning and yells until she receives her treats. Like legit, she will wake up the entire house! 
I think it's super important to pamper your pets. A pet's love is something rare, special, and should be nurtured. They love you no matter what, don't judge you, and they are the true definition of companionship. Lexi has saved me from sadness and tears millions of time already over the last two years. With that being said, the least I can do is return some of the love Lexi shows me and spoil her with special treats and toys that I know she'll love. It's also super easy to pamper your cat now because I'm able to do my grocery shopping at the same time as I shop for Lexi. I put something in the shopping cart for me and something in the shopping cart for her.

Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

Stop & Shop and Purina make it super easy for me because they have a large selection of products and they have so many different options for both Lexi and I. Since I'm always running around during the weekends, if I can save an additional stop, I 100% will! Plus, with such a wide range of products, I know I am going to be able to find the best products to suit Lexi's needs. Whenever I shop, I always pick up....

Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

Pampering My Cat with Purina +  DIY Scratching Post

  • Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats (I get a minimum of 6 bags!): I'm not kidding you. Lexi will scream the house down if she doesn't get her favorite snack! My motto: Live life to the fullest and eat the treat! 
  • Purina Tidy Cat Clumping Litter Lightweight 24/7 Performance: I love my Lexi and I want her smelling fresh and clean. There are so many types of litters to choose from but the LightWeight 24/7 Performance is my favorite. This litter is perfect because it's low maintenance litter control, locks away the odor and you won't be able to smell a bad thing in your house. Since my house is always active with visitors and family, I want everyone to see Lexi and not smell her...
  • Purina Friskies Indoor Delights Dry Food: Lexi loves her dry food and munches throughout the day. I get the Indoor formula because she's indoors 100% of the time. There are so many different offerings so as Lexi gets older, I am sure I'll be switching up her dry food a bit. 
  • Friskies Classic Pate Wet Cat Food: The moment you open this can on the kitchen counter, Lexi jumps up on the counter, puts her nose to the can, licks as you're putting it in her dish, and then jumps down and follows you until you place in on the floor. Lol. Stalk much?
I love being able to pamper my cat, especially when it's super easy and convenient while I shop for myself. Let's not stop there...

I also want to share one of Lexi's favorite treats with you....the DIY Cat Scratcher I made her! My Lexi loves using her scratcher and playing with the dangling ball that hangs. She's so funny because sometimes she randomly passes by it and decides to give it a quick swipe! I also think it's super important to take care of my pet and make sure she stays active and entertained while staying indoors. Want to make one for your cat? Well just keep reading!

What you need: 
  • Glue gun
  • Wood base
  • Staple gun
  • 100 feet of sisal rope
  • Carpet
  • Screws 
  • Screwdriver 
  • Flat metal plate bracket
  • Wood post (height depends on your preference)
Optional:
  • Felt stickers for furniture
  • Ball or toy to dangle from post
DIY Scratching Post

1. Start with a wood base. I just chose a circular shaped one because I liked the shape of it but you can totally use leftover wood that you have around the house.

DIY Scratching Post

2. Take your flat metal plate bracket and screw it into the center of the wood base using your screwdriver. This is how you will secure your wood post to the base. You will screw it in later....

DIY Scratching Post

3. Now cover the wood base with the leftover rug or carpet. Using your staple gun, after you've arrange the carpet, staple the carpet with the wood base. Please staple along the edge of the wood. (I'm using a neat freak about this even though no one will see it.) 

DIY Scratching Post

DIY Scratching Post

4. After you've staples the rug/carpet to the wood base, please cut off any access rug/carpet.

DIY Scratching Post

5. This step is totally optional but I placed felt furniture stickers on the bottom of the wood base so it wouldn't scratch the wooden floors when Lexi plays with it. (She tends to play a little rough!)

DIY Scratching Post

6. Flip it back over and you have smooth carpet on top! Now make a small hole in the center of the rug covered wood base so you can find the hole of the metal bracket. You are going to have to screw in the post to the base. Use a pair of scissors to cut the small hole. 

DIY Scratching Post

DIY Scratching Post

DIY Scratching Post

DIY Scratching Post

7. Once you've located the hole, screw in the wood post.

DIY Scratching Post

8. Now take your glue gun and rope! Here's my favorite part. Apply the glue to the post and then wrap the rope around the post. I go slowly with this step because I like the rope to be wrapped evenly and tightly. This step is going to take awhile and it's repetitive but it's going to make your kitty happy!

DIY Scratching Post

9. Totally optional but you can use a little leftover carpet/rug, cut a square from it and glue it to the top of the wood post. This way it's consistent and wood isn't exposed. 
10. After you've completely wrapped the rope around the post, now staple the string of the dangling toy or ball to the top of the wood post. I added two staples just to be safe. (Again this step is optional)

DIY Scratching Post

11. Wham! You have a DIY cat scratching post!

DIY Scratching Post

12. Give to Lexi to have fun!

Thanks so much for reading. Want to pamper your cat too? SAVE $2.00 on any one (1) package of Purina® Tidy Cats® brand Cat Litter when you purchase one (1) Purina® Friskies® OR Fancy Feast® Wet Cat Food Item. (good thru 12/30/16) Just for you!  Don't forget the litter!

xoxo

P.S.- Not to be taken as professional veterinary advice. Please consult your veterinarian for recommendations and practices appropriate for your pet.

2 comments:

  1. That's cool about your pet names- it's nice to have a theme :) Our cat liked to 'wake the entire house up' too. #client

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    1. Thank you!!!!! Once I tell people, they start offering ideas for names! Hahaha. I love it! xo

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