Homemade Cardboard Scratcher.

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Purred: Wed Apr 4, '12 5:57am PST 
I thought this was the neatest since it will only cost you the tape if you get the boxes for free.

What You’ll Need:

1. cardboard boxes (all sizes, all kinds, at least 5 medium size boxes)
2. masking tape
3. exacto blade and ruler
4. scrap paper, felt, or fabric
5. decorative paper or fabric


1. Choose a height for the pad (mine is 4″)
2. Measure and cut your cardboard in identical width strips. Cut so that the ridges in the cardboard are going horizontally across the strips.
3. Start rolling the cardboard in your hands and bending at each corrugation, the cardboard will start to curl naturally.
4. Tightly wind one strip into a circle and tape closed. This will be the core of your round.
5. Add a new piece and secure with two pieces of masking tape. Choose which side will be the top and make sure that side is always even. It is less important if the other side is slightly uneven, it will still sit properly and the top will look perfect.
6. Keep adding! Tape each piece right next to the end of the last piece and keep the coiling tight.
7. Cut your pretty paper and wrap it around the outside. Tape to close.
8. Trace onto the scrap fabric or paper and cut out the circle. Tape or glue to the bottom so that if you choose to put catnip in it it won’t spill through.
9. Put on the ground, sprinkle on catnip, and watch as hilarious cat antics ensue.

Source: http://www.designsponge.com/2009/01/diy-project-recycled-cardboard-k itty-pad.html


Tigger is my- favorite!
Purred: Mon Apr 9, '12 9:08am PST 
thanks for the great idea. I paid $7 bucks for one! Mine love to scratch cardboard.wave


Purred: Mon Apr 9, '12 10:38am PST 
I know, I had to find an alternative. My cat just happens to be more interested in the catnip.