Since the cats really enjoyed having the Christmas Tree in the house, I wondered if maybe it could be repurposed into something the cats might enjoy. Wild cats like to scratch against trees, so I figured maybe they would enjoy a natural scratching post.
I trimmed away all the branches and shortened it up. I wasn't sure what to do for the base, so before investing a huge amount of time into creating an attractive and solid base, I figured I would use the Christmas Tree stand as a temporary base.
And then came the field test:
What you see there is about the extent of the interaction with the new scratching post, it was a complete fail. Each cat give it a sniff and then have ignored it since. None of the cats even touched it with a paw. I'm glad I didn't invest any time into making the base!
Not every handmade cat toy is a winner! But, even though the cats turned up their noses at it, I still found enjoyment in making it for them. Now, on to the next kitty project.