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.
Step 1: What You Need
MATERIALS & TOOLS
Cardboard from Ikea (This is an Ikea hack, after all!)
--- One long skinny box a bit bigger than a cat (Here, I've used the one the HELMER drawer unit comes in.)
--- The outer flat packing boxes of larger furniture (I used the VIKA Blecket box & inserts.)
--- Must be sharp! Otherwise the cardboard just shreds, and your cat eats the shreds and craps cardboard bits for a week, instead of getting a new scratcher.
--- Adjustable depth of blade helps, you will NOT be cutting all the way through the cardboard.
Straight Edge, 1-2" wide, as long as your skinny box is long
--- Preferably metal
--- Need not be an actual ruler, as there is no actual measuring involved here.
--- Duct tape is an acceptable substitute, as is strapping tape. The point is, you're going to be putting a little tension on this tape, and don't want it to break.
Although you don't need a cat to make this scratcher, it seems wise to have a cat somewhere in your life. I mean, if you don't even know a cat, you should probably go make something else. Maybe a nice trivet, if you're thinking about things you can put under other things.