Pet Furniture

Published on August 7th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Cats’ scratch and snooze

Kelly makes a comfy scratching bed for her cats to claw and curl up.

She says, “I don’t think of them as hacks so much as unintended uses. I took two of the Bastant baskets in the smaller size (roughly 22″ x 12″ x 9) and put cardboard scratching post refills in the bottom. These are sold to fit in cardboard holders which don’t look so nice and don’t provide any snuggle space for the cat. They’re sold in multiple sizes, so you just have to take measurements to make sure they fit, or be willing to cut the cardboard. I already had the inserts, so I used one that’s a large size and fit two that are long and narrow side by side in the other.


Ikea also has the Bastis Scratching Board, though the dimensions don’t fit the basket perfectly. You could fit two of the scratching boards in the Bastant basket, and there would be just a bit of room left at the end, which isn’t really a problem.  To use the Bastis scratching board, you’d just take the inner insert of cardboard out of its cardboard holder.

My cats adore these baskets and snooze in them all day. They scratch away on the cardboard insert and then curl up. The basket with the insert seems to be just the right size for them to lie down and still be able to see out. I’ve kept the baskets next to the windows for about a year so they have faded quite a bit, but they still look perfectly nice and are much better than the stuff they sell at pet stores.”

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Jules Yap

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26 Responses to Cats’ scratch and snooze

  1. Mosaic says:

    that’s very cute.

  2. Chefs Basket says:

    This is a neat basket that your cats to scratch and sleep in. They look very cozy in there. Thank you for providing pictures.

  3. Emery Cat Scratching Board Reviews says:

    This post and the accompanying photos are a clear indication of cat scratching items that may draw a cat away from scratching expensive couches. They look very content. Thanks for posting this.

  4. great idea, scratchies to save your most expensive furniture in your home.

  5. addiv says:

    I don’t think IKEA carries the cat scratchies anymore. It’s unfortunate, because they sold 3-packs of the scratchies for less than the price that Petsmart/Target sells a single scratchie for.

    There’s got to be a way to make these scratchies from all the wasted cardboard IKEA furniture comes in.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just put one of my kitties in my new scratch n sit basket – she is going mad.

    I have literally never seen a cat so happy.

    This might also be bc I turned the scatcher upside down and had to rip it a little to fit in. The result was piles of catnip on top.


    I think ikea really needs to up its pet section. What they have (without hacks) is a bit dreary.

  7. kostia says:

    Adeel, the cardboard scratchers are widely available at pet stores and stores like Target and Wal-Mart. They are corrugated blocks designed specifically for cats to sharpen their claws on. They often come with catnip to sprinkle inside the corrugated cardboard to make them even more enticing.

    Here is an example:

  8. Suzanne says:

    Great idea! I also have the same basket for our cats, and they love it. And I have the scratching boards as well, but I’m sure they’ll love this combination of the two even more. Thanks!

  9. Adeel says:

    sorry i dont get it i just bought a kitten and I dont knw how to make a scratchboard when you say cardboard do you mean like paper cardboard or a wooden think cardboard sheet how can i make a this scratch thing. sorry still learning abt cats.

  10. Girl_Industries says:

    Great idea! My cats love to scratch the neighbour’s doormat (what?) so this has inpired me to make a similar bed for each of them. Maybe they’ll sleep in it for more than a month – they get bored of beds/sleeping spots easily…

  11. I think this is the best gift for my pets !!

  12. Shirty says:

    I got a kick out of all the “Bast-” names for these kitty-fied products. The Egyptian cat goddess was Bastet:

  13. Anonymous says:

    I used to keep my socks and underwear in this basket and could not keep my cat out of it! She loved taking naps in the closet! finally I just gave up and let her sleep there. This basket is made for kitties.

  14. Cee says:

    I’m gonna try this with my cats. Should be easy since they’re pretend.

  15. Spielkind says:

    nice. Very nice!

  16. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Your cats are so cute, tucked away in their special beds! It’s a good idea, since cats always love baskets anyway! Adding the pad, though not comfy as another said, makes it even better, cause if not used for snoozing it will catch those dreaded pieces of cardboard.

    Headbuttz to you and yours! ♥

  17. Heide says:

    Great idea! The cardboard boxes often end up under foot and become a tripping hazard. The cat won’t be able to slide a basket, your solution will make my house safer.
    I have to go to the Sacramento store next week anyway!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. And a photo of my cat!

    I like how she’s had the baskets for a year but hasn’t removed the plastic tag. Maybe it’s a cat toy?

  19. Summer says:

    I can’t wait to do this! my cats love their scratchers and already sleep on them, but I’m sure they’d prefer the seclusion of a basket as they like to be “contained”. Brilliant!

  20. Chahya says:

    Adorable cats!

  21. Chahya says:

    Adorable cats!

  22. Guillaume says:

    It’s a great idea. But I’m wondering if the cardboard is enough comfy for my cat ! I think she use it but doesn’t sleep in.

  23. Marie says:

    That’s really funny, because my mom did the same thing for our cats at home! Except she put a little blanket at the bottom instead of scratching refills, as our cats refuse to scratch anything but trees…

  24. Anonymous says:

    Oooh, this is genious. I may have to make one of these for my kitty!

  25. LemonCadet says:

    This is such a great idea! We have two cats and several of those ugly cardboard things around the house. When the cats scratch at them, the little bits of cardboard end up all over the place (not to mention the catnip). Thanks for this.

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