This scratching post was made from a fallen tree on Martha's property. It's 18 inches tall, but you can make yours any size.
"If you are a pet lover, as I am, you will certainly understand my desire to make my pets' lives as comfortable and as interesting as possible," Martha pens in her monthly column for Living. "And because they are important members of my family, I celebrate their birthdays, include them in parties, and, of course, shower them with presents, especially at Christmas. (This year, all of them—dogs and cats and birds—will be receiving some gifts that are homemade and practical and others that are fun and stimulating.) For the December 2007 issue, Martha crafted a set of gifts for all of the animals on her farm. Martha elaborates, "The five Himalayan cats—four boys and one girl (brothers Vivaldi and Verdi, Bartok, Mozart, and Elektra)—love toys, snacks, catnip-filled objects, interesting perches, and warm beds, preferably ones located in pools of warm sunlight or very near sources of heat."
Cat shelves and perches—such as this tree—provides them a quiet retreat in your home. For more ideas, try mounting a basket to the wall or installing a fixture within the design of your home—a hammock underneath your side table or a drop-down windowsill perch. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of cat crafts.