- 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
- Old magazines