Cats Gym and Cat Scratch Post Overview

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Over the years since I adopted Ebony and Sneakers, who were raised as indoor cats, I have learned how to repair cat scratch posts and gyms.

They are not cheap depending on what you buy and a cat destroys the carpet on them within a relatively short period of time.  I have averaged six months and that is with two cats.  Ebony is the one that digs in and really uses it.  Sneakers is not so good at it and is having claw issues.  We just took him to the vet to have them trimmed because he was catching on the bedspread and futon cover.

With Ebony ripping them to shreds, I have to recover and fix a gym or scratch post rather frequently.

I purchased a cat gym for about $139.00 and I was not going to replace it at that price. I purchased another  for $99.00 but they just didn’t use it so I gave it to my niece after using it for a Xmas tree one year.

I therefore conducted an online survey to find information about how to repair or fix a cat gym or cat scratch post in 2010 but could not find anyone who had blogged or wrote about it.

So I decided to go and repair it and write about it so others could learn and save money.

Here is a summary list of my posts on this subject matter starting with the oldest one and moving forward to the more recent post. Hopefully you will be able to follow along to see how this whole process has evolved.

Cat Tree

Cat Tree the first design which they liked…

Here are the posts:

Cat Jungle Gym, March 3, 2010

Choosing a Cat Tree? March 27, 2010

To Repair or Not to Repair? July 24, 2010

Step 1 Cat Gym Repair: Buying Rug or Sisal? July 25, 2010

Step 2 Cat Gym Repair: Setting up! August 17, 2010

Step 3 Cat Gym Repair: Taking it Apart! August 22, 2010

Step 4 Cat Gym Repair: Removing Ripped Rug! August 25, 2010

Step 5 Repairing a Cat Gym – Reupholstering September 8, 2010

Step 6 Cat Gym Repair: Reassembling! September 20, 2010

About six months later, I had to fix it again.

Recovering a Cat Gym/Tree…Again! February 13, 2011

Redoing the Cat Gym – The Third Time! June 30, 2011

This was about an article where someone else was repairing one:

Another Cat Tree Fixer Upper! September 15, 2011

Cat Scratching Post! How to? November 3, 2011

Cat Gym Repair – That time Again! Feb 6, 2012

Recovering a Cat Gym….AGAIN!!! Yup! April 2, 2013

In the following posts I switched to another design and gave up on the gym which my hubby and I found to be too complicated to fix and put back together.  It was the very long screws that were hard to re-drill into the post.

This design was homemade and didn’t cost me anything, my sister didn’t want it anymore.  In my post I give the dimensions and the pieces and you can see how it comes together.

The refurbished Cat Scratch Post May 2014

The refurbished Cat Scratch Post May 2014 new design

Cat Scratch Post Refinished, a new take on it, May 31, 2014

Time to fix the Cat Scratch Post, January 31, 2015

To find these posts go to the Search box on the right of this blog and put in the information.  The other option is to use the Archives box which is by date.  You can also go to Categories and select “Cat Gym Repair” which should have them listed.

We add this post and you have a list of the posts I have written about this subject.

Cat Gym and Cat Scratch Post Overview..2/28/2015

I hope these have been helpful and it has saved you cat lovers money.

Time to fix the Cat Scratch Post…

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Well Ebony had done a job to the cat scratch post and it was time to recover it.  This was easy because I had my hubby cut me a second board so I could just remove the used one and replace it with a new upholstered one. Now I can cover one and keep exchanging the pieces which will speed up the process of fixing the post.

It is essential to have some item for your cats to use to keep their claws in shape.  This particular design is home made by some person years ago and it is very simple.  You use a post for the stand up part and then a flat board for the base, cut an angle board and cover with rug.

This is the post where I introduced this style of cat scratch post.

Cat Scratch Post Refinish, a new take on it,” May 2014.  There are more in depth posts on how to refinish one of these on this blog.

Cat Scratch post all worn out.

Ebony is just about to use his Cat Scratch post which is all worn out.

A little closer so you can see the damage.

A little closer so you can see the damage.

Sneakers is checking on the work.

Sneakers is checking the work on the new fix.

All done and fixed for another six months.

All done and fixed for another six months.

This time it took about 45 minutes to fix up. I just repaired the tilted angled section by removing it, recovering it with rug, and then re-installing.  I had to get out my electric staple gun, flat head screwdriver, pliers, hammer and utility knife to do the project and then clean up the debris after.

I have written about recovering these cat gyms and scratch post in the past so you can go and get more detail from other posts by doing a search.  I have a category on the right of this blog about repairing these.  There are 16 posts about repairing a cat gym.

Happy New Year – 2015

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Sneakers and Ebony were introduced to the new year with fireworks courtesy of our neighbors.  Sneakers headed under the bed while Ebony cried wondering where his brother had gone.

I jumped a few times when the fireworks went off.  At least the neighbor didn’t do the really booming fireworks like he has in the past, which rattles the house.  An inspection of our yard may reveal pieces of the celebration…

We had been at a wedding in the Chicago area so we had been gone several days and decided to stay home with the Sneakers and Ebony and have a quiet New Years.  It was quiet except for the noise.

Sneakers and Ebony want to ask you to be kind to the animals in 2015.  It you cannot care for them take them to the Humane society in your area of PAWs or some organization that will care for them. It might take a little effort on your part but then you can have a clear conscience, just don’t abandon them they cannot care for themselves anymore in our society too many dangers.  See my side panel on this blog for ideas.

Go now and hug your pet, whether a dog or cat and you will be rewarded with a waggle and a lick, a rub or a nose to nose greeting.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from SNEAKERS AND EBONY

Sneakers and Ebony  2011

Sneakers and Ebony 2011

Celebrating Five years with Sneakers & Ebony…

Sneakers & Ebony Buddies

Sneakers & Ebony Buddies

Today I reach the 5 year mark with Ebony and Sneakers.  We adopted them in November 2009 and they are still with us today.

They both had their vet visits.  Sneakers on November 6 and Ebony on November 15.  Getting Sneakers to the vet was pretty easy but Ebony was a little more difficult.  I trapped him on the Futon and had to peel him off but got him into the cat carrier a little too early, but having him sit there while we thawed the car out from the frozen state it was in took a little time, so he sat in the carrier about 10 minutes.  Total time for Ebony was about 1.5 hours in the cat carrier, at the vet and home.  So we did good.

Both are doing well.  Sneakers still has kidney issues.  I cannot get him to eat the expensive prescription diet and am just trying to make him happy.  Ebony has an intestinal issue and I am giving him meds for that and hopefully that will get cleared up.

Giving meds to Ebony is not easy, we have considerable trouble holding him and putting them into his mouth so this method is to mix it into the foods.  I have taken the crunches away during the day and only giving them little servings of moist food at a time.  It is slow going because he nibbles his food.  I cover the remaining food and add just a little.  I have to watch him eat his food because Sneakers will eat it and he really should have the meds.  I take the food plate away and cover it to use later.

Ebony likes to get cuddles, petting and brushing from his other human.  Ebony will come up to me and squeak to tell me he wants me to pay attention to him or give him catnip. Ebony is a great flopper and can roll himself down onto the rug so we can petting and rub him. Sneakers is dangerous when you give him catnip, he will swat you, however, likes to cuddle with me when we watch TV together.  He will reach out his paw to get attention.  So both are happy cats and doing well for 15 years old, although I think Sneakers is older.

Oh this is cute, when we corralled Ebony to take him to the vet, Sneakers kept going over to the cat carrier and trying to help Ebony who was yeowling.  He had this puzzled look on his face  and walked around concerned.  He didn’t go hide he kept walking around and going over to the cat carrier.  (I call them brothers even though they really aren’t).

We have been closing down a storage unit so this means we are bringing things home and moving furniture around.  We would go out bring in a load and he would not go into the bedroom, he wanted to see what was happening so every time I returned with a new load he would be sitting right there in the living room watching.  He is so curious. Ebony he went into the bedroom and stayed.

Afterwards, they wandered around sniffing things and rubbing them with their cheeks and curious about what I was up to with rearranging things and putting things away.  It is a good sign when a cat is curious.

My two Gentlemen Kitties are doing well and happy.

 

That time again…THE VET!

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Cat Carrier

Cat Carrier

Sneakers was having some issues, nothing big but it was time to take him in and get his mats addressed.  As usual this is a stressful event.  I had postponed it because I had been traveling in September and October 2014 and very busy with preparing for those trips.

So last week I made the appointment and just made myself do it.  My reluctance was my own based on his dislike of the process.  I am very protective of my creatures but that is not necessarily a good thing.

Sneakers

Sneakers

The date was set for yesterday, Thursday at 10 am.  I brought the cat carrier in from outside to warm it up.  It is plastic and it has known to be very cold.  So it sat on the washing machine overnight.  It was ready, I practiced how to open it so I knew what I needed to do.

About 9:15 am Ebony came into the dining room headed for the kitchen and Sneakers was close behind.  I had hoped he would be in the bedroom sleeping but their morning nap was over and the two cats were milling about.  I had pulled my purse, keys and coat out and was dressed before this so they were not suspicious of me. Sneakers climbed up on his perch next to my desk.  They were trolling for food but I thought it best to wait.  They do have munchies to eat.

I waited a little longer till about 9:30 am and saw that Sneakers was sitting on the living room floor.  So I went into the kitchen and put the cat carrier on the kitchen floor over by the stove hoping he would not see me do this and he was not panicking.  I had closed the bedroom door so he would not be able to get under the bed.  If he had gone under the bed I would have had a real problem.

Once the cat carrier was placed, I put on my coat and headed to him and gently picked him up in a manner to make it easy for me to put him into the cat carrier with the top lid open and slip him into it.  He went in like a charm and didn’t realize what was going on till I closed the top on him.  Then he start YEOWLING.  The hard part was done and it went really well.  He was a gentlemen as usual.

So I then proceeded to load him in the car and it was a challenge because he is 15 lbs. and the cat carrier is awkward with his weight shifting around.  I like to set them into the passenger seat facing the side door to me so they can see me in the driver’s seat.

I took an easy route to the Cascade Pet Hospital and we were soon inside the lobby area.  She had me in the exam room pretty quickly even though I was bit early.  I opened the side door and he came out and explored the floor and the assistant came in and asked me questions about Sneakers and took notes, weighed him and then went to report to the doctor.  The doctor came in a little later and he had to gently pull Sneakers out from under one of the chairs in the room.  So he slid him across the floor and then proceeded to exam him.  Sneakers was sort of cooperative.  He examined him and said he was doing really well for 15 years old.  I said I think he is older.

He took Sneakers into the back to do the work on him.  He was to get his toenails clipped, mats removed especially around his butt area where he had gotten some stuff caught and blood work.

The doctor returned about 15 minutes later and asked if I would be able to give him antibiotics by squirting into his mouth or would a shot be better.  I opted for a shot because it is still hard to treat Sneakers even though he is more cooperative than Ebony.  The Vet was not happy, his front toenails had curved around and grown into his pads.  I felt terrible.

I had delayed taking him to the Vet even though I knew he was making clicking sounds on the floor and not really using the scratch post like he should be.  It was his messy butt area that got me moving to make the appointment and the fact that I don’t like to take them to the vet because they get so unhappy.

Sneakers has longer hair and he can have problems with the hair and bathroom issues.  I can usually handle that but I was traveling so I didn’t realize he was in trouble.

The vet visit was not cheap but I am so happy he is now doing well.  He was following me all around at home and seemed to be walking better and moving better.  So it was a very good thing.

The assistant told me that I could bring him in every 3 months to have his nails clipped.  So I will have to keep an eye on him now and teach him to let me touch his paws so I can check his condition. I will be brushing him more regularly and check under his tail.  Now that I know I can get him to the vet pretty easily I really have no excuses.

Oh yes, we cuddled watching TV last night. It means he has forgiven me.

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