Sunday, July 6, 2008

Designing another new toy?

I I had an idea to make a floor to ceiling climbing post.

The ceiling is about 2.4 metres, and the fence posts that my local wood shop sold were around 2.4 metres, so bingo! My plan had a chance!

Next in the plan was to cover it in that stringy-rope stuff that scratch posts are wrapped in. I did a little calculation, and figured out, that to completely wrap the post, I'd need a little less than 90 feet of 8mm rope!

So that was out of the question - then I had a great idea! I'd wrap it in carpet - cats always like climbing up carpet don't they? and even better, I'd use the string-backed carpet, and put it on back-to-front, with the string showing so she'd have more to grip on.

It took quite a bit if coaxing to get her to climb the post, but she got there by me cutting little holes in the post, and inserting little buscuit treats in the holes!

Unfortunately, I think the holes in the string aren't very comfortable for her, as she doesn't really seem to like it that much, and often seems to act as if her claws are getting stuck.

So back to the drawing board, and I'm going to take off the carpet that's already there, and I'm going to recover it with carpet the right way round so that it doesn't hurt her claws!

Hope she likes it!

(Sorry there aren't more photos, I guess we were so excited we forgot! There is some video, so I'll try and post that soon.)

Thanks for reading!


Corrinne said...

Hey what a terrific idea! Rob and I have been talking about doing an indoor play thing for our two little monsters. Have you managed to get the carpet on the right way round yet? The second picture (the one where she's eating a treat I assume) looks like she got her tongue stuck to the pole. Makes me laugh when I look at it.

Freya's Staff said...

That really made us laugh!

That's not her tongue! that's a biscuit! :-)

Katie and Da Katz said...

Silly gurl... dats not a foodie!!

Katie didn't like our climbin pole cuz shes a shortie gurl... she used an old mattress insted furs a while.

Ize long waisted and da climbin pole Mawmee gotted at WalsMarts wif shelves werked okay fur me

Havs ya hads any more luck yet?

Daisy May
da Daffy Tabby gurl

(dat's Katies fotoh smellin rosies)