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Door Cat Scratcher

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2009


Here's a Good Thing for your cat: a homemade scratcher that you can hang on a door knob, mount on a wall, or even place on the floor.


  • Wooden plank (we used poplar) that is 1/2-inch thick, 6 inches wide, and 39 inches long

  • Carpet remnant (ideally from the room in which you will use the cat scratcher), cut to the length and width of the wood plank

  • Wood glue

  • Weights (canned food works well)

  • Measuring tape

  • Pencil

  • Drill with 2-inch hole saw attachment

  • 3/4-inch-wide lattice

  • Finish nails

  • Paint (to match the door, if possible)

  • Paintbrush

  • Optional: heavy-duty Velcro, catnip


  1. Glue remnant to board with wood glue. Place assembled board and remnant face down, and place a weight on it. Let dry.

  2. Measure from the floor to the center of the doorknob. Subtract 1 inch. Measure this length up from the bottom of the board and mark with a pencil. Using a 2-inch hole saw drill attachment, drill through board and carpet, with the top of the hole meeting the line you have marked.

    Note: Make sure the hole is big enough for your doorknob; 2 inches works for most.

  3. Add 3/4-inch-wide lattice strip trim to all four edges, using wood glue and finish nails. The lattice can be painted to match the door, if desired.

  4. Optional: Attach the bottom of the cat scratcher to the bottom of the door with heavy-duty Velcro, to keep the scratcher from swinging. Cats can be enticed to use the board with a little catnip until they get into the habit.

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