But it seems lame to spend money on cardboard, something thrown away so often and in such quantity it gets its own dumpsters. Seriously? We're basically talking about buying trash for the cat to play on!
But cats love it! But it's just cardboard! And I'm cheap! But... think of the cat!
Psychologists say it's not good to live with this kind of internal conflict.
Much of my current furniture came from Ikea, and everything comes from Ikea in cardboard. Even my change and receipt were in a cardboard flat-pack last time I went there. My place was filled with new furniture I didn't want scratched on, and cardboard. The light bulb went on.
This project is quite similar to Neopirater's, with two notable exceptions.
1) No glue on mine. It's all held together with magnets*.
2) My cat is much, MUCH wider than Neopirater's cats. It's even possible my cat is as wide as any two of Neopirater's cats. As a result, although I don't think my scratcher is much smaller, it will look much smaller in the final photo.
2a) She's not fat. She's just wide. I swear!
- That was a joke. I mean, there's really no glue. But there are also no magnets.