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DIY Cat Scratcher Pad – Make From Reused Cardboard

If you're looking for a fun and eco-friendly project to keep your furry friend entertained, why not make your own cat scratcher pad using recycled cardboard? Not only is this a great way to repurpose materials that would otherwise go to waste, but it's also a fantastic opportunity to unleash your creativity and provide your cat with a personalized scratching surface. Your cat will be delighted to have their very own scratcher pad, and you'll feel proud knowing that you've created something useful while reducing waste. This project is easy and fun to make and it can be completed in no time. 

Following Items Needed To Make:

  • Hot Glue Gun & Several Glue Sticks
  • Cardboard Boxes (my base box was 13.5″ x 10.5″)
  • Brown Paper Bag (or another paper) (optional)
  • White School Glue (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Utility Knife

How To Make A DIY Cat Scratcher Pad

Cut the base box off so that it is only 1 inch tall. You can eye it or if you want to be sure straight use a ruler and mark it. You do want to make sure the box you use for the bottom of the base is a strong one.

Cut strips of cardboard that are 1 inch wide and long enough to fit just inside the longest part of the box. So to fit into my base box, my strips are 1 inch by 13 3/8ths inches long. You will need enough to fill the box with them standing on their sides. Mine took about 83 strips to fill it.

This step is optional. If you don’t care how it looks, you can skip this step. Rip strips of brown paper and glue them over the edges. Pretty much soak the paper in school glue then apply to the edges of the box. This hides that top edge of the box. Set aside and allow to fully dry.

Using the hot glue, start gluing all the cardboard strips together. Make sure everything stays lined up.

When all the strips are glued together, carefully lift it and glue it inside of your base box. I added hot glue to the bottom as well as the edges to hold it in place. You do have to move fast so the glue does not dry while you are working.

Is There A Way Not To Use Hot Glue?

Not wanting you to use hot glue? The good news, there is a way to make this scratching surface for your cat without the glue. Just follow these simple steps.

You would simply cut the base box like normal. Then cut the strips to fit inside that box. Place them side by side in the box getting them as tightly packed as you can.

Then when you have the box filled, you will wrap a long piece of natural sisal rope or string around each end and tie off the end of the rope.

You want to make sure it is tight sisal and that you wrap it a couple of times around the scratching surface. Then simply cut off the end of the sisal rope.

By not using glue, you can also compost your cat scratching board when a new scratcher is needed. When it is time to retire it, simply toss it into the compost pile.

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