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Video:How to Make a Homemade Scratch Pad For Cats

with Debbie Anderson

Are your cat's claws a little long? See how to create a scratch pad that your cat will love to play with that will safely keep your cat's claws trimmed.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Homemade Scratch Pad For Cats

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! Clipping your cat's claws can be a bit of a challenge, so today I'm going to show you how to create a homemade scratch pad emery play board for your cat so that your cat's claws can naturally be shaved down while they are playing.

What You'll Need

For this task you will need, a cardboard box measuring approximately 12 inches by 12 inches by 8 inches, packaging tape, a ruler, glue, “very fine” grit sandpaper, scissors, a pair of wooden chopsticks, and a ball of yarn.

Assemble the Cardboard Box

First, fold the box over so that all four layers of cardboard are folded on top of each other so the box lays flat.

Next, use your packaging tape to hold all four cardboard layers (or sides) of the cardboard box together in the center of the box.

Next, spread a thin film of glue across the entire surface of the top side of the cardboard box's flat surface.

Glue Sandpaper to Surface

Then carefully place each sheet of “very fine” grit sandpaper with the gritty side facing up all across the entire length of the flat cardboard surface until the entire surface is covered in very fine grit sandpaper.

Allow the glue to completely dry until the glue hardens.

Next, use your scissors to cut off the excess sandpaper at the edge of the cardboard.

Measure and Cut Small Sandpaper Pieces

Next, measure out and cut 14 more smaller pieces of sandpaper to cover the entire surface area of the flaps at each end of the cardboard box.

Once the pieces of sandpaper are cut, starting on the underside flap at the top and working your way down to the furthest down underside flap, apply a thin film of glue to each of the cardboard flap surfaces and carefully place the non-gritty side of the sandpaper to cover the cardboard surfaces on each of the flaps until all 7 flaps on each side of the longer cardboard surface are covered with sandpaper.

Allow the glue to completely dry until the glue hardens.

Poke Holes at Corners

Next, at the two corners of the main structure of the box, located toward the center of the longer cardboard surface, use the pointy end of your scissors to poke two small holes through the first 3 layers of cardboard near only one side of the surfaces edge.

Next, use your scissors to cut 6 pieces of yarn that are approximately 12 inches in length each.

Wrap a piece of yarn around the top of the chopstick 5 times and then create a small knot to secure each piece of yarn to the top of the chopstick. Continue this process until you have 3 pieces of yarn secured to the tops each of the chopsticks.

Insert Wooden Chopsticks

Next, fill each hole with glue and poke one wooden chopstick through the first 3 layers of cardboard in each of the holes.

Allow the glue to completely dry until the glue hardens.

Finally, lay the homemade scratch pad emery play board near a wall with the chopsticks closest to the wall. This will force kitty to stand on the scratch pad emery play board in order to bat at the sandpaper covered cardboard flaps and dangling yarn. As kitty plays on the board the “very fine” grit sandpaper will naturally trim kitty's claws without causing harm to their paws.

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