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How to Make a Cat Scratch Pad

This crafty cat scratch pad is a great way to recycle used boxes.


  • Step 1: Cut strips Gather large, corrugated cardboard boxes. Using a straightedge, cut the boxes into 18- inch strips, three to five inches wide, with the corrugation running horizontally across the strip.
  • TIP: The size of the scratch pad will depend on your cat. Bigger cats need bigger pads than kittens or small cats.
  • Step 2: Glue strips together Glue strips on top of each other until the pile is six inches deep.
  • Step 3: Let dry Weight the pile with a heavy object and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Step 4: Finish ends Trim uneven ends with a craft knife. Cut additional cardboard strips to glue to the outside edges of your pad.
  • Step 5: Decorate Use felt to provide a decorative finish for the edges, or cut pictures of fish, birds, or mice from magazines and glue them to the outside.
  • Step 6: Sprinkle with catnip Sprinkle pad liberally with catnip to entice your cat to use it.
  • FACT: Did you know? Cats have a ridged nose pad that is as unique as the human fingerprint.

You Will Need

  • Several medium to large cardboard boxes
  • Non-toxic craft glue
  • A straightedge
  • A craft knife
  • Catnip
  • Felt
  • Old magazines

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