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How to Replace the Carpet on a Cat Scratching Post

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife

  • Flat head screwdriver

  • Pliers

  • Replacement carpet

  • Staple gun

  • Heavy duty staples

  • Vacuum cleaner

Your cat cannot take herself downtown for a manicure special. If she's an outdoor cat she may sharpen her nails on trees, or perhaps your sofa is she's an indoor feline. A cat scratching post can save your furniture from the damage a cat's claws can cause, but over time, it will begin to look a bit ragged. Instead of putting it out to the curb, consider re-carpeting your pal's post.

Cut away the old carpet using the utility knife. Try to remove it in one piece so that you can use it as a template to measure your new carpet piece.

Remove the staples from the bare post using the following steps.

  • Loosen the staple with the flat head screwdriver
  • Remove the staple by gripping it with the pliers

Remove any stray carpet fibers using the vacuum cleaner.

Lay the old carpet onto the new carpet. Cut the new piece using the old piece as a pattern.

Wrap the carpet around the post and secure with the staple gun. Place a staple every few inches along the seam and along the edges at the top and bottom of the post.


  • Cut an extra piece of carpet if you have a place to store it. This way you'll be ready for your next replacement project.


  • Keep knife and staple gun away from children.