With the holidays right around the corner, everyone is gearing up to give their loved ones something special. And while humans generally get excited by what’s inside that brightly wrapped, yet disposable cardboard box, our feline comrades have another inclination.
Reddit user Guyon pleased two people* with one project by converting some extra cardboard into a bona fide cat scratcher. This is a super easy upcycling project that’ll save you a trip to the recycling bin and save your furniture from restless kitty claws. All you need is cardboard scraps, screws, a tape measure or ruler, a box cutter, and some catnip.
Guyon didn’t use any catnip himself, but he advises sticking some in between the layers to ensure your cat will actually prefer the scratcher to the rug.
Guyon uses regular wood screws, which was the only item he needed to purchase for this project, setting him back a whopping $1.97. You could try using tape or glue as well (although glue will take you longer as you’ll be forced to wait for the glue to dry with each new layer).