Pondering Cardboard.

Comtemplating a Scratcher.
2012 © Colehaus Cats.

Of all the inventions humans have created for us cats, why do you suppose they think cardboard is so good for scratching on? Everybody knows cardboard is for eating and biting and for making boxes so boys like me have something to squeeze into.

Take this scratcher, if you will. Please. I mean, really, take it. I can’t bite it, I don’t want to eat it and I can’t figure out how to make it into a box. So here I am, left to sit on the dang fool thing which doesn’t do me one hoot of any good.

And yet, somehow, it draws me near and makes me want to completly ignore the Basket of Nippy Toy Goodness. Why? It’s a mystery and one I sit to ponder again and again.

31 responses to “Pondering Cardboard.

  1. It goes to show that people sometimes have dumb ideas. Have a great day. Baggy and Nin (Lee and Phod’s cats)

  2. Seth, if you figure it out, let us know. Nicki loves to “eat” cardboard (chew and spit out) and will attack any box left out. But you’re right about those scratchers…They can’t be eaten, so what’s the point? (Derry, on the other hand, does love them.)

  3. Lol… I see your predicament kitty! I recently came across some really cool cat boxes that I thought my pet rat would like, but they are too large for her. I don’t have a kitty anymore but maybe again one day. Then I’m sure those boxes will be put to good use!

  4. Me LOVES how the nubby texture feels on my skin!

  5. The boxes will be played and slept in within the three moggies house 🙂

  6. We dunno…it looks like there are at least a FEW scratches on the scratcher! We love to lie on our cardboards too.

  7. If you like cardboard….you better head over to our give-away today! 🙂

  8. My cats quickly shred those cardboard scratchers!

  9. Don’t hurt your brains on this Seth. There is just no figuring humans out. Tipp could never understand why the Momma would give him one of these, he would dutifully scratch it all up, and then the Momma was unhappy ’cause there were shreddies all over the floor. Go figure.

  10. You ponder so prettily. Have a marvelous Monday.
    best wishes Molly

  11. Cardboard is perfect. It is not too soft and not too hard. You can put the bitey on it and it won’t hurt your teef. You can scratch it and if has just enough traction to groom your claws. When made into a box, it is a cozy cave.

    But, the only good cardboard scratchers are the ones that are big enough not to move when you scratch them. Those small ones, like the one you are contemplating, are no good because they move too much when you really get a good scratch going. Now, maybe if that scratcher was screwed into a big board or something….

  12. Hannah has one of thpse scratchers similar to that Cole but she has it against a radiator in the winter and spends hours happily laying there on it whilst toasting her toesies.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  14. My Sister Precious rips those cardboard scratchers apart with her teeth!

  15. Hmm… did your human sprinkle some nip on that cardboard scratcher, Seth? Mine does that sometimes.

  16. We do like to use our scratcher to sharpen our claws. But not all of us do that. Some of us take naps on the scratchers. They are fun to rip apart too. Two Two is in charge of doing that. Have a great day.

  17. Thank you for reminding me that I’m desperate for a new box to sit in with MY toys. Took me 6 mnths bur I finally killed my present box and now MY toys no longer have a home *sad ears*

  18. da tabbies o trout towne

    seth…ther bee a sekrit compartmint in thoze scratcher boxes that ewe can store foodz in…chek de top rite korner for de sekrit switch !!!!

  19. You’re obviously never bored when contemplating cardboard, Seth. I think that’s because you are thinking of all its innate PAWSibilities — they’re endless!

  20. We think that scratcher is very nice. Maybe you should give it a scratch or two just to make it feel at home.

    The Florida Furkids

  21. Mowzers, Seth. That’s really deep, dood. We’ve never tried scratcher meditation….

  22. Gracie from shelter-cats suggests that the edges can be decorated nicely if you chew them all the way around. Sort of a scalloped effect. Even better if your bean sprinkles a little nip on the cardboard middle.

    Gracie’s bean Maggie would like to say that this process can be a bit messy requiring the dreaded vacuum cleaner.

  23. If you find the answer, be sure to let us know.

  24. Oh, Hi Seth!!!…waves paw…I see you have found the “Pondering Bench”…purrfect…what’cha thinking??? Isn’t it pawsome…the humans created a special kind of cardboard that attracts us cats…so that we may have time to compose (VBP) ourselves, and ponder life as we (and only WE) know it…so purrleased you have found your Pondering Bench

  25. I am with you on this Seth. Who needs cardboard to claw on, that’s what the couch is for.

    Ms. Stella O’Houligan

  26. Only humans can create stuff for cats out of cheap cardboard and charge humans lots of $$ to buy it. Have you seen all those cardboard forts and tepees and stuff they think we’re gonna love? Everyone gets boxes for free so anyone who spends good $$ to buy something like that isn’t the brightest bulb on the string or the sharpest tool in the shed.

  27. I love those things! They are great for scratching, as pillows and as beds. I will show you how!

  28. Flex those claws let fly your inner scratcher. You’ll be glad you did!

  29. Seth, I’ll teach you how to bite on it! I can demolish one of those things in a matter of days!

  30. We don’t have those, but then neither of us has front claws to scratch with.

  31. We don’t know what it is, but we (and all the PAWS cats, too) also like those cardboard scratchers!