My cats *love* their new cactus scratching post!
Chuck built this fantastic cactus for the kitties over his summer break. The idea and tutorial comes from Buzzfeed (this tutorial, here). Although, the Buzzfeed tutorial was a little bit off with the supplies. Chuck needed way more sisal rope than was mentioned (and a giant pack of hot glue sticks, too!)
Here's how much rope he actually needed (you can compare this to the tutorial):
-About 250ft of 1/4" sisal rope, dyed green
-About 100ft of 1/4" sisale rope, natural
And the most tedious part of this project? Glueing on the rope!
Do you know what kind of cactus this scratching post is designed after?
The iconic Saguaro!
I made the flowers using colored felt and yellow embroidery thread. I've seen other versions that use artificial flowers, but I liked the cartoonish & festive look. These are by no means an accurate representation of the Saguaro flowers... my handmade flowers actually look closer to the flowers of the Echinopsis cacti genus.
5 Facts about the Saguaro Cactus
Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) are probably the most famous of all the cacti, but you will only find them growing in one desert on the entire planet... The Sonoran Desert!
If any cat were to use the Saguaro as a scratching post in the desert, it would be a Bobcat. However, cacti aren't exactly the ideal scratching post, so that likely would not happen. Instead, the Saguaro could serve as a home to desert woodpeckers, small owls, and other birds, while offering them protection from predators (like bobcats!)
Saguaros grow very slowly! A saguaro that is 1 inch tall could already be at least 10 years old. Saguaros need a lot of time to finally produce their first arms, at least 95 years!
A saguaro cactus will only bloom once it's reached at least 70 years of maturity. The blooms come once a year, and each flower will only bloom for a night/half of a day. The flowers are usually pollinated by birds and bats, and if successful, the flowers will then produce fruit full of seeds!
Digging up a saguaro is actually illegal; legal cactus harvesting requires licenses and permits. Cactus poaching is a real threat!