(Yes, it's another picturey post pertaining to actual physical objects.)
Directly below, observe: ye olde scratching post, perched upon by Nikki, who prefers to be above the action whenever possible (particularly as the "action" in question generally consists of "three young whippersnapper-kitties tearing around the house at breakneck speed for hours at a stretch").
(The other kitty in this picture is Shadow, one of the aforementioned whippersnappers, though at 6 months old, definitely no longer tiny!)
I made this post a few months back out of old scrap wood and some sisal rope from the hardware store.
At the time I was quite pleased with how it turned out, and the kitties seemed to like it...but as the younglings grew, it got to the point where I started hearing something akin to "thumpthumpthumpCRASH!" in the wee hours of the morning. In short, Scratching Post 1.0 simply could not withstand the force vectors being unleashed upon it by the thundering horde of adolescent feline feet as they made their daily semi-midair circuit about the house.
Hence, that black stuff arranged rather artlessly on the base: gaffer's tape. Which is awesome stuff, to be sure, but not something I want stuck all over my kitchen floor.
Sooo...this week I determined that some modifications were in order. My initial intention was, merely, "stabilize the base". I got a bit carried away, though, and the Super Mario-esque results (so far) can be viewed below:
(The three sections of 2x4 under the base aren't permanently attached, the unit is just resting on them for painting purposes, i.e., so the bottom would not get stuck to the plastic sheeting I put down to protect the garage floor from paint drips.)
I plan to add some additional surfacing (little sisal mats on top of the two smaller "perches"), and some kind of thingy to hold food/water dishes in such a way that they won't be tipped over easily. Then I shall put it in the kitchen, where it will serve as a combination kitty lunch counter / scratching post / bird-watching station. Yay!
Seriously, though, I am really happy with how this turned out, especially given how expensive most cat furniture (even the crappier sort) is. I'm a cheapskate at the best of times, and being presently Between Jobs, I am, shall we say, even more inclined toward frugality than usual, making it tremendously satisfying to put stuff together using material I just happen to have on-hand (in this case, wood scraps and leftover paint).