Meow! How to Make Kitty Scratching Furniture

Cat scratching accessories = pure feline entertainment, 24/7. While store-bought cardboard inserts have an uncatty ability to please feline customers, many do-it-yourself systems are easy winners too, and since they can be created using simple materials like carpet, plywood, rope and cardboard, they’re definitely right up our alley.

From catnip toys to your own cat tower, we’re looking to inspire pet owners, so take this Cat Scratching Ramp tutorial, and make it your own – depending on what you have laying around the house, it’s practically a FREE project that will leave your pet purring. Good luck trying to get him to follow commands for his photo opp, cat’s gonna scratch when cat wants to scratch.

Entertain your cats with this DIY corrugated cardboard cat scratcher.

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Step 1

 Open GalleryMake a template for your cardboard cat scratching insert.Start by making a template. I cut a right angle ramp shape from a piece of scrap plywood using a circular saw. Using wood as the template is a good idea because it allows you to have a firm cutting edge. If you are looking to create a filler insert for a cat scratching toy you already own, you’ll want to create a template to suit that custom fit.

Step 2

 Open GalleryMake a cat scratching cardboard toy.Take your template, and using scrap pieces of corrugated cardboard and your utility blade, cut 25-50 individual triangles. The thickness of the cardboard will determine how many you actually need.

Step 3

 Open GalleryGlue your corrugated cardboard together for this DIY cat scratcher.Once you’ve cut enough pieces of cardboard, use a non-toxic glue to attach them together. Basic white craft glue worked really well for me; I applied a generous amount between each layer. For bonus kitty fun, sprinkle in a little bit of dried catnip at this step so that it is locked in with the glue.

Step 4

 Open GalleryClamp your cardboard together until the glue dries to make a diy cat scratching furniture insert.Align the pieces of cardboard while the glue is still wet on a flat surface so that they sit together flush. Using two clamps, pinch the stack together at both ends until the glue dries securely. If you don’t have clamps, use heavy objects, such as boxes or bricks, for the same effect.

Step 5

 Open GalleryLet your cat enjoy his new scratching furniture.Unclamp once the glue dries (3-6 hours, depending on product used), and let the cat at it! When used on a carpet, the corrugated edge grips nicely so that it doesn’t slide around. If you are letting your cat use this on a smooth hardwood floor, placing a towel or a piece of non-slip carpet mat beneath it makes it easier to use.

Materials

  • Recycled Cardboard
  • Non-toxic Glue
  • Plywood for Template

Tools

  • Utility knife
  • Clamps
  • Circular Saw

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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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