Make A Kitty Playplace Out Of A Box

By Trisha Sprouse

Kitties love to play with boxes, yes? But a box tricked out with all of their favorite toys AND a scratching post AND cat treats? Well, their wildest dreams have just come true.

cat inside kitty playplace
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Things You'll Need:

  • Large heavy-duty cardboard box
  • Marker
  • Box cutter
  • Scrap board
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint and paintbrush (optional)
  • Sisal rope or cotton rope
  • Twine
  • Hand glue
  • Hole punch
  • Cat toys, catnip, and cat treats

Step 1

Lay the box flat. Draw a large square on the front of the box. I used scrap cardboard as my ruler.

drawing a square on the box
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Step 2

Insert a scrap piece of cardboard or wood board inside to protect from cutting through the other side. Use a box cutter to cut out the square.

inserting scrap board inside flattened box
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cutting out square with box cutter
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Step 3

Repeat on the other three sides of the box, so that you have matching squares on all four sides.

box with squares cut on all four sides
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Step 4

Assemble the box, and then tape the top and bottom shut.

taping top of box shut
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Step 5

Paint the box with your desired color. This step is optional, but darn, it sure makes it cuter. Let the paint dry fully.

painting the box
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paint drying
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Step 6

Wrap rope around the posts, hot gluing it down as you wrap. Push down on the rows as you wrap. This will create irresistible scratching posts.

hot gluing rope to box
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hot gluing rope to box
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Step 7

Use a hole punch to punch holes around the top of the box, and then use twine to hang all of your kitty's favorite toys. I used catnip mice, jingle balls, feathers and pom-poms.

tying cat toys to box
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finished playplace
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Spray the scratching posts with catnip spray and set a kitty treat dispenser inside. Step aside because kitty is gonna come running!

kitty playing with toys in playplace
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kitty rubbing whiskers on scratching post
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