These are a lot of work!
Since Symon refused to use the expensive cat scratching post, we donated it to the shelter. This pic was also a Find the Symon pic - clue way at the bottom - Find the Symon 1.
Here is another Find the Symon - Clue at end of post - Find the Symon 2. Note the scratched-up ottoman.
Here's another pic of the expensive never-used scratching post ($70!) (plus shipping!). Can you spot Symon in this pic?
It occurred to me that Symon may not like the feel of the 'sisal' rope on his claws. He loves cardboard boxes, so I wondered if he would prefer a cardboard scratcher. We have looked at them in the stores, but they all have catnip, which he can't have (he hates it because it makes him feel woozy). I know we can just throw the catnip away, but the smell would saturate cardboard, so we don't want to take a chance. I found some cardboard cat scratchers on Etsy (pricey!). Then I found some DIY instructions, for both flat scratchers and the circular ones. Before I spend $40 on a circular one with a nice wooden frame on Etsy, I thought I would try making one myself.
WOW is this labor-intensive. Seriously. If it weren't for the catnip, I would gladly pay $10.00 for insert refills. The amount of effort is not worth saving such a pittance. But, since Symon can't have catnip and I love him so much, I made him a circular scratcher.
SPOILER: He won't use it.
Gather boxes. I rough-cut the flaps off and apart.
Warning: Cardboard attracts cats:
I decided to make the scratcher 4" tall, so I cut the cardboard into 4" strips, using a box cutter and ruler on a cutting mat:
The ruler tended to slip and slide a lot - be careful! Fingers out of the way of the blade! I didn't try to cut them perfectly.
When you have a stack of cardboard cut, start rolling it up and taping it together with masking tape. I did this in stages, because I wasn't sure how much cardboard I would need. I used most of four boxes, and the boxes were all different. Some were moving boxes, so they were very sturdy, which made them difficult to roll up. Boxes that office supplies arrived in (at work) were better because they were lightweight.
Roll up the strips of cardboard before you tape them together - you don't have to fold each and every corrugation, but try to get most of them.
Symon had to come investigate, since I was playing with Cat Toys:
When attaching the strips, prep four pieces of masking tape and stick them to your wrist. You will need two at each end. Line up the edges and secure with two of the pieces of masking tape - then wind around and secure the other end with the other two pieces of masking tape. I tapped down on the strips as I wound them around so that the bottom side (as I was working) had the cardboard flush - we put the scratcher flat side up so the top is flat.
I started out working on my lap, but quickly moved to my art table:
Symon was intrigued.
Okay, Steve was luring Symon with a strip of cardboard.
Keep applying cardboard strips until it's as big as you want it. Ours is 14.5" in diameter.
Towards the end I also applied vertical strips of tape to hold the cardboard strips in place.
Also: I got the bright idea of cutting the last box apart in very long (5' long) strips. This was a bad idea - they have to be short or they will slip out of place. Over a foot long was a good length - I didn't bother with some panels that were very short.
When I was done, rather than gluing on decorative paper or fabric (I have no glue at the moment) I just applied long strips of masking tape over the exposed ends to secure.
But Symon won't use it. Ah, well. I will update this post if he does start using the scratcher.
Find the Symon 1:
Find the Symon 2: