Scratching posts for cats can be very pricey. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just patch the worn-out rope rather than buying a new scratching post? You can do so now. I’ll show you how to do it!
What you’ll need is as follows:
1 1/4″ thick twisted sisal rope bundle (approximately $4-$7 at Lowes)
1 glue gun with hot glue
glue sticks (pack of 1) (I went through about 5 standard size glue sticks doing this project)
scissors, 1 pair
1 scratching post that is old
Optional (depending on the situation) elements include:
Remover for Knife Staples
Remove the old sisal rope in the first step.
It was really really simple for me to remove this scratching post because my cat had used it too often and the sisal was already falling off of it. I just had to use scissors to cut the rope and take it off. I discovered the rope was embedded in the base until I got to the bottom. That’s fine! I simply cut the rope at the scratching post’s bottom with my scissors.
If the old sisal rope isn’t coming off and you can’t cut it with scissors, I’d cut it with a box cutter at the top of the scratching post and remove it. Staples to be wary of: Staples can be used by some businesses to strengthen glue at regular intervals. If you come across a staple, you can either pull on the string until it falls out or pry it out with a knife or a staple remover.
Wind and Glue (Step 2)
Locate where the old rope leaves off at the bottom of the scratching post. Apply a dab of hot glue to the old rope’s end and put the new rope on top of it, making the two ends as smooth as possible. Apply a thin line of glue to the bare post about 2″ out from where you last glued (about 1/2″ to 3/4″ long). Place the rope on top of the glue and tighten it.
Glue every 2″ or so as you wrap the rope around the post. Make sure the rope is pulled close and glued to the layer of rope under it as you go. Repeat this move until you reach the very top of the page.
Cut The Rope in Step 3
Find out where the rope will need to be cut until you’ve reached the end. It should fit snugly between the final layer of rope and the scratching post’s peak. Cut the rope until you’ve figured out where it wants to go.
4th Step: Glue the Rope’s End
Push the end of the rope into the gap with a large glob of glue. Keep an eye on the glue because it is extremely hot! It’s possible that you’ll have to use scissors to press the rope into the gap and keep it there until the glue settles.
After the glue has dried, add more glue to the top of the rope and into the gap to seal it.
Step 5: Congratulations! You’ve completed the process. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much. It was a success! All that’s left to do now is let the scratching post sit for around 20 minutes to allow the glue to harden before returning it to your cat (or cats). You did an amazing job.