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We moved into our new (old) house about 3 months ago and we still haven’t been able to 100% unpack! I’m waiting on some built-ins shelves to be installed so we can unpack our books and DVDs. But Lucy has been loving all the cardboard boxes still sitting around. I didn’t know she was a cardboard scratcher until we noticed she was shredding the sides of the boxes. I’m a little nervous about what she’ll turn her little claws on once we’re unpacked, so I’m making her a DIY Cardboard Cat Scratcher in hopes of getting her used to it and not my new velvet sofa. Look at what she’s doing to the boxes!!! I swear, she’s going to have that box unpacked before we do! Luckily, between ordering things for the house and ordering things for the on-the-way babies, I have LOTS of corrugated cardboard that I can recycle into a cat scratcher. If you have some cardboard just waiting to be recycled, you should make one, too! Here’s the tutorial.
You’ll need to gather a few supplies:
- Exacto Knife
- Duct Tape
- Optional: Pink Paint
Then start by cutting your cardboard into 3-5″ strips. If you want yours low to the ground, go with 3″ strips. If you want it higher, go with 5″ strips. Personally, I went with 4″ strips of cardboard. Then take one strips and bend the corrugated cardboard into a coiled circle and tape it “closed.” Note: be sure to keep one edge very flat in order to make it look nice when it’s finished. See the two photos below – the left photo is the “flat” edge which will go on top. The right photo is the wonky edge which will go on the bottom. Continue to wrap the strips of cardboard around the circle until you have the size you want. Then make the ears by folding pieces of cardboard in half, and then a smaller piece inside of it, and a smaller piece inside of it, etc. You can attach the ears to the head with duct tape. And then, if you would like, add a little pink paint to make the inside of the ears pink, add a nose and a mouth and wrap the entire outside edge in decorative paper or fabric. I’m going to wrap mine in black fabric (so it looks like Lucy) and glue some pink sisal rope inside the ears. I’m going to try to bribe Lucy to use her new Cardboard Cat Scratcher using food because that’s what all good parents do, right? I picked up some Meow Mix Simple Servings in the Tuna and Salmon flavor during our last Target trip. It has pieces of real seafood in a savory sauce so I knew Lucy would love it! Simple Servings come in single-serve portions so there are no leftovers and the cups are easy-to-open and easy-to-serve, so you don’t have to use a fork or spoon. This means no more dirty spoons left on the counter (yup, that’s what the husband does … if only I can get him to stop leaving his coffee spoon on the counter, too) and no more tupperware with half opened cans of cat food in the refrigerator. Lucy loved it! Here she is licking her jowls and cleaning up after eating. If you would like to try Meow Mix Simple Servings, be sure to use the Cartwheel offer at Target for 20% off Meow Mix from 10/18-11/15 or this offer on DailyBreak.com. And be sure to follow Meow Mix on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter!