Kitty likes his scratching post. In fact, kitty likes his scratching post more than anything else in the world. That’s saying a lot since kitty also believes that everything in the world belongs to him. But since he has selected his post as the crown jewel of Location 27, there’s no better way to put Sam in a tizzy than to move, touch, or in any other way violate his scratching post. Even his toys are required to steer clear.
Note: the post-touching culprit in this video is catnip, but trust me, he attacks non-catnip violators with equal vengeance.
Knowing how Sam reacts to situations involving his post, I felt a spike of trepidation when I recently noticed that its sisal covering was looking a little worse for the wear.
Sam was just a kitten the first time the sisal on his post fell apart. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to replace it with something that didn’t have carpet on the top and base, because I had heard that carpet could be a kitty gateway drug to the harder stuff like area rugs and upholstery. The new post I brought into our then-apartment was met with pure, fiery disdain. It was not his post, and it had to go. I know, I know. I sound like a pushover, letting a tiny furry creature boss me around like that. But tell me, could you say no to this face?
Since then, I’ve re-sisal-ed his ugly carpeted post twice. Not bad for almost seven years, but they’ve both been harrowing experiences, so I was not excited to see it looking shabby once again. The DIY refurbishing process is simple, requiring only two rolls of sisal, a strong staple gun, and less than an hour’s time.
They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here are 6,072 big ones documenting the very worst moments of little Sam’s summer:
And then it was finished…
and all was right with the world.