If your cat has his or her own scratching spot, she will be less likely to use your furniture and carpet for this purpose. You can use corrugated cardboard to make an easy and inexpensive scratching pad that your cat will simply love.
Use a box lid, such as the lid from the boxes that reams of paper comes in.
Cats love scratching their claws on the exposed edges of the corrugated cardboard, especially when you sprinkle it with a bit of catnip. The resulting scratching pad is lightweight, inexpensive, and you can simply throw it away and make a new one when it becomes worn.
If your cat prefers a scratching pole, you can make one by attaching a piece of wood or a piece of the large round cardboard tubing that carpeting comes on to a sturdy wooden base. Covering the post with a carpet remnant or coiled rope will make it very attractive to your cat. You can even suspend a small toy from the top of the pole for added kitty appeal.
Cats simply love warm places to curl up and take a nap. Instead of purchasing a pricey kitty bed, make your own with fabric scraps.
With a little bit of planning and some wood, carpet and cardboard carpet tube scraps, you can make the ultimate cat tower. Start by getting ideas for cat towers by looking at pre-made models at pet stores. Since most cats love to climb, plan on making your tower with several levels, ramps and cubbyholes.
Your feline may not care if you buy or make her furniture by hand, but you can appreciate making your cat furniture because it will not only save you money, it will perfectly match your home décor.
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