Cardboard Cat Scratcher




Ever get sick of spending your hard earned money on cat crap for your cat(s)? know, like that stupid $10 "Cat Scratcher" know the one, the block of cut down and glued cardboard strips?

Every time I'd buy one, I'd shake my head. Might as well give my cats $10 to play with and eat.

This is a great solution for you. As it's been for me.

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Step 1: What You'll Need.

You'll need the following:

1. A cat (in my case Three).
2. A piece of Card Board - 32x24 (I used 3 due to the amount of cats).
3. A razor for cutting.
4. A 36 Inch ruler (I like the metal ones).
5. Some glue.
6. Optional Cat Marijuana.

Step 2: Prepping...

Lay down the card board onto a cutting table (any table you don't mind ruining...or perhaps put something under it)

Measure two inch lines for each cut. This allows a good depth. Not to mention that once one side is shredded to nothing, it can simply be flipped over.

Once your lines are plotted, use your rule and blade to cut out the pieces.

Step 3: Final Steps...

Next you're going to apply glue to each strip. Start placing them together, one on-top of another. Continue until done.

With the Optional Cat Marijuana, you can sprinkle some along with the glue, every other strip. Though, this isn't needed. Cats will scratch regardless to sharpen their claws. This was merely for some added enjoyment on my part. It's always fun to see your cats go mental.

Find something heavy to place on-top of the strips while the glue dries. I used a couple of bricks.

Step 4: Now Let the Cats Enjoy!

Now it's time to let the cats enjoy their new scratcher.

Put it on the floor or next to something those little bastards scratch...and magic...they'll love it!!!! Add some Cat Marijuana...and enjoy the chaos.

Step 5: Summing Up.

I hate spending money on things I can make.

This is a prime example.

The cardboard was free from work. Alternatives could be local stores with fridge boxes...could be cut down and used as well.

The glue, I had around...but every crafter should have a gallon or so.

Everything else I had around my loft.

I don't feel I spent any money on this 30 minute project. Was fun doing, killed some time...and now my cat's can keep themselves healthy...and stop ruining my furniture.

Hope you all enjoyed!!!

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40 Discussions


8 weeks ago

The Cat is gonna love this... and I dont' have to keep on scratching all the time lol


1 year ago

I made this thing awhile ago in anticipation for cats. At first, they didn't know what it was and kept sitting on it. Eventually, they figured out what it was for and they both use it regularly.

I ended up duct taping it together instead of gluing it, but it still works. They got their claws stuck in the duct tape the first few uses, though :/


5 years ago

This is really cool and saves moeny I made this because we have tons of cardboard

We always have heaps of cardboard around, the sad thing is, I just bought 2 ! Next time I will use your great idea, thanks!

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Tuan JinnN

5 years ago on Introduction

Awesomeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! Especially the part that added the catnip. Thanks


5 years ago on Introduction

I plan on starting this ASAP, but I've been pretty spoiled since I can get the scratchers for only $2-3 at Big Lots.


5 years ago on Step 5

This was pretty f awesome. Thanks!! I had a good laugh too, now I'm off to make a cat scratcher. I have about ten million cardboard boxes so... I was 6 and a half seconds away from buying a $10 scratcher! Now I'm just moments away from making my own.


5 years ago on Introduction

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the nifty idea And the hilarious story, especially the last paragraph, as my daughter would say....You so funny, I lmao and almost roflao. Oh, my little darling said she would have sent a thank you your way, but she is too busy with her scratcher. Well off to liquor store (for more boxes) and maybe something for furball's Mommy while I'm


5 years ago on Step 5

never thought about using cardboard, nice idea :)


8 years ago on Introduction

No measuring or cutting or glue but not so pretty.

1. large cardboard box.
2. folded it to a size I thought the cat would like.
3. wrapped it around with twine.

5 minutes or less.

Cat loves it.

I'd like to know how to grow cat nip.

2 replies

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Growing catnip is super easy; you can get catnip seeds at any garden store or Target, Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, other junk store that sells plants and garden stuff. Or buy them on line. Very inexpensive.

Plant them in your yard or inside in a flowerpot and keep on your windowsill where the cats can't find it and knock it over (if such a place exists).

You can fill a big, shallow empty litter pan (Hartz makes shallow ones) with a small layer of gravel, a large layer of potting soil, sprinkle the catnip seeds over, cover very lightly with a sprinkiling of soil.

Water, then keep in a warm place till the seeds sprout (in the oven with the heat turned OFF, or on top of the refrigerator).


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a perennial herb of the mint family. Usually found near the herb section of garden centres.. Or find a bush and nip a piece off and plant in a pot of soil roots very easily ;)


6 years ago on Introduction

This is teriffic! I agree with you; it really hurts to pay real money for all the stupid cat things made out of currugated cardboard. Thanks for the instructable; I'm going to try it.


8 years ago on Step 4

Loved your idea and needed something ASAP for a new kitten. Went to K-Mart and they had one for $20!

Took your basic premise but put the strips into the bottom of a 12-pack soda box. Fingers crossed she learns to scratch there and not my boyfriends golf bag LOL

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Thank you. I was adopted by a stray cat last week, and I was looking for a DIY scratcher for him.