I knew I'd seen directions for crafting cardboard creations somewhere, and I finally found the link. This isn't necessarily cat stuff--although I can easily see my cats enjoying it. Go to foldschool.com for a free downloadable pattern and complete directions to make this nifty stool and matching oragami-esque chair.
If you have cardboard left over (hehhehheh), you could make a few of these and tell me how long it takes your cats to completely devour them. Still, I say kudos to Marmalade pet care for the free patterns. They are kinda cute.
If you haven't seen it yet (and I hadn't) here's a free pattern for a fairly straightforward-looking cardboard cat chaise lounger from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. Of course, my cats are just as happy with the plain old box--but then again, this might look a little nicer in my living room. (You might also check out the "Retro-dork-chic-DIY-d12 handbag.")
What I really want to make is one of these. I figure it would take a lot of cardboard cutting and the right adhesive (that's the part I haven't quite figured out yet). Still, I think it'd be worth it, considering how much our cats enjoy their plain one. I love the way these look, but the top one, Marmalade Pet's Cheeky Chaise lounger, retails for $139, and the Chiapod is $189!
I dunno, maybe I'll just give them another empty box. Not only can you climb over a box and sleep on top of a box, as well as survey your surroundings while concealed by a box, but you can go into a box. With any luck, you can even capture one of your siblings inside, behind, or underneath a box. It's a multipurpose cat-lounger, cat-concealer, and cat-exerciser, and it's totally free.
Chortled by Obsidian Kitten at 1:06 PM