Tutorial: Sisal Scratching Post

DIY - How to repair and refurbish a cat scratching post with sisal rope.Not to brag, but I have the best cat ever! She magically appeared in our yard and decided to live with us. Her name is Dobby. She likes to snuggle, but not too much, she does her business outside, she never jumps up on the kitchen counters and never scratches the furniture.

Dobby loves to stop for a good scritch on her scratching post before going outside. Over time, she has shredded it. Instead of throwing it away, I invested a little time and rewrapped it with sisal rope so it's better than new.

This isn't a particularly crafty idea, but since Dobby's outdoor litter box is the most pinned post from my blog, I thought maybe you would enjoy another cat-centric project.

Fixing a Sisal Scratching Post


  • scratching post
  • 1/4 inch diameter sisal rope
  • utility knife
  • scissors
  • pliers
  • screwdriver
  • masking tape (optional)
  • work gloves (optional)


DIY - How to repair and refurbish a cat scratching post with sisal rope. Start with the old scratching post.
Use a utility knife, scissors, pliers, a screwdriver and muscle to remove the worn carpet and sisal rope from the post.

Warning!!! You may find that your cat is seriously annoyed by your behavior.
As you are removing the old carpet and rope you will likely discover some hidden staples. Be careful not to poke yourself on staples or any of the sharp tools you are using.

I'm not going to lie. This process took a lot of muscle, but I worked out some pent up stress. I totally understand why Dobby likes to tear this thing up!
Tie the new sisal rope in a knot around the scratching post.
You can tape the end of the rope to the post so it doesn't move around as you start wrapping the rope.
Wrap the rope very tightly around the post. Sisal is very scratchy, so you may want to wear gloves to protect your hands.

This part goes quicker if you have a friend to turn the post as you wrap the rope.
If your rope is not long enough, you may need to attach a second rope. Simply tape the new rope to the post so the loose end is pointed toward the already wrapped section.

Keep wrapping with the first piece of rope and make sure you wrap at least a couple inches up the new rope to conceal and secure the end.
When the first piece of rope runs out, tuck it under the second piece and continue wrapping with the second piece.
Wrap over end of the first rope.
Once you get to the end of the scratching post, you will need to secure the rope. Some people like to use a big stapler for this, but I worry about my kitty pulling out the staples, so I tied a nice tight knot so the rope wouldn't unwind.
Tie a knot in the remaining rope very close to the scratching post.
Trim the rope. If you worry about the rope fraying, you can add a spot of hot glue or even Elmer's all purpose glue to seal the rope.

Whenever Dobby decides to wake up from her favorite nappy place in my studio, she can enjoy a nice scritch and then head outside to take care of business!

DIY - How to repair and refurbish a cat scratching post with sisal rope.

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Tutorial: Sisal Scratching Post
DIY - How to repair and refurbish a cat scratching post with sisal rope.
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