Kitchen Scrubber Filled With Catnip for the Feline in Your Life





Introduction: Kitchen Scrubber Filled With Catnip for the Feline in Your Life

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$1 for scrubber that can be filled with catnip
  • Liquid soap scrub brush
  • Cable ties
  • Scissors
  • Catnip (optional)


After seeing my cats repeatedly rubbing against wire shelving,
I was determined to find some kind of brush material to make it more enjoyable.

This is part of (another instructable for) our 150-foot cat walk run WIRE SHELF ENCLOSURE. Please click on my photo icon to see links or see photo below to get the full picture. The cats are safe inside from basement to utility room to garage and in warm weather they will have access to a caged in porch outdoors.

Inserted later: It's been brought to my attention to get a quality brush and also supervise the cat in case of loose bristles.

My cats only seem to
chew on it when I enticed them for the video with catnip on the bristles. Or maybe they were showing off to Mom that they were brushing their teeth.
Panasonic has a nice camera out that hooks to your Internet ethernet for about $99 if you want to keep a close eye on your pet area from your smartphone or any Internet-enabled access point.


After a visit to the dollar store, I filled scrubber brushes with catnip (where liquid soap would be held) and rubbed catnip on the bristles. From there I attached the brushes in various areas on the wire shelving with cable ties. Remember to trim ties for safety.

I also have extra scrubbers to give them a "brush" once in awhile in passing.

Please see the photos and  videos which should illustrate purring, rubbing and general content.

Green brush-like Christmas tree branches would fit very well into my wire shelving units that keep my cats safe from the outdoor coyotes. They would add some greenery to the room which might be pleasing.

Thanks for viewing my instructable.

May more and more cats find good homes which make people AND cats happy.


Below is spare brush used manually.

40 seconds of purring and scrubbing:





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    BEWARE I read that broom bristles (which one of my cat likes to chew on)...can puncture a cat's beware of low grade objects like above or if you observe them trying to chew the sticklers. 8-)

    Can u share how u made The cage for them ? Looks real cool

    If I did it again, (and I hope to do more) I would NOT old time toggle screws into the drywall on top. I read that there is a newer toggle bolt on the market.

    I think I would use more cage material, four sided, so that the entire front could drop down to maintain the carpet and clean the "walk."
    Please search "cat walk" to see more about this project. My cats still seem very happy with their cat walk.

    Thank you _very_ much. There are more high end scrubbers that have better fastening properties where the soap (catnip) goes. Good luck to everyone.

    Please visit your local shelter today if you have the slightest inclination to adopt a homeless dog or cat. xoxo

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    And please consider BLACK cats and dogs- they get abandoned at a higher rate and adopted at a lower rate (with terrible consequences) ALL of our Black adoptees have been absolutely awesome pets! (Nothing like a parolee for gratitude!)

    Please forgive the soapbox.

    I just adopted a black boy cat(JoJo) last November. He is the perfect companion for our orange cat (KT) who we took in from some allergic friends a couple years ago. He is so majestic! I have always wanted a black cat, and I didn't mind adopting an older cat since our other cat was also a couple years old. Jojo was previously adopted as a kitten but then later abandoned, but this is a great shelter we got him from and he has one of those locater chips in him that was never changed from the shelter so he was returned. I love him, and he is always following me around and tucking next to me on the couch, and he has the loudest purr! He's a big fat, but such a lover. I was surprised that these superstitions about black cats still exist and make them harder to find homes for. We love our two kitty men! They are like brothers now, always cleaning/grooming, playing and sleeping with each other.

    Sorry, my fist thought was "this would be an awesome prank!" Fill someone else's scrubber with catnip, then laugh maniacally whenever they complain about losing their scrub brush...

    I love the ingenuity of this idea.... perhaps the risk would be reduced if you put a cotton port sock over it first? The bristles would still stick out some but perhaps would be contained if they came loose.

    Great idea..I wonder what old pantyhose is made of...

    used to be nylon, could be poly anything these days.