Craft a supremely cheap and furniture-saving scratch-pad for your feline friends with this tutorial from the Design Sponge blog. It's free and friendly to both the environment and adorable kitties. The post author, like many cat owners, noticed after a few purchases that store-bought scratch pads are little more than stacked corrugated cardboard, flipped sideways for clawing. Since most of us probably have a few thick-sided cardboard boxes to spare, or can easily acquire a few, there's hardly any effort to making a cheaper subsitute. Once you've got your boxes, all you need to do is carefully cut them to be the same width, then wind the strips around each other. With a little masking tape to hold it all together—and a dash of catnip if you have it handy—your cat will be shredding the cardboard instead your favourite chair (hopefully). If you already have the scratching post side of things taken care of, you could always build a kitty chaise lounge.