New Modern Cardboard Cat Scratcher from CutSouth Design

Sat, Sep 24, 2011

Scratching

Here’s a great example of a new cat scratcher that may have been influenced by another design (the Moderncat Studio Wave Lounge), however the designer took the concept and really made it their own. This new modern cat scratcher is from Etsy seller CutSouth Design. It’s very cool and looks durable as well as stylish. Made with salvaged cardboard and birch plywood, this scratcher is similar to the Wave Lounge in construction, but I really like what they’ve done with it. The incline will be a big hit with the kitties, plus the scratcher is reversible to get extra life out of it. Clean lines and simple, natural materials give it a great modern look. Now this is the kind of creativity I like to see!

$40 in the CutSouth Design Etsy shop.

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12 Responses to “New Modern Cardboard Cat Scratcher from CutSouth Design”

  1. 1
    Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey

    Practical, pretty, and stylish! I love that it can be tucked into a corner! My kitties would really like this!

  2. 2
    jmuhj

    Echoing your and Deb’s comments above. This would be a sure success with my clowder! ;)

  3. 3
    cv

    appears to be $69 not $40.

  4. 4
    Louise

    My Lucy would love something like this. She really doesn’t like scratching vertically, so with this she could scratch her favourite way, horizontially, and save my carpet.

  5. 5
    DeKa

    Wow! Talking about the ultimate cat scratcher!

  6. 6
    pauly d

    looks like price went from $40 to $69 overnight, according to cutsouth etsy store.

  7. 7
    moderncat

    The reason I say this scratcher may have been influenced by the Wave Lounge has nothing to do with the shape. You can see that the CutSouth scratcher appears to be held together with compression. The Wave scratchers were the first cat scratchers I had ever seen to use this construction method. It was our original idea and we chose not to patent it. Most likely, others had also thought of using compression and mechanical fasteners rather than glue, but no one else had actually created a product for sale using this technique before the Wave scratchers, at least not that I was aware of.

  8. 8
    Tim

    Hi Everybody,
    This is Tim, the owner of CutSouth Design. Thanks so much for the positive comments about the design. Yes, I changed the price on the Etsy web site. This is a hand-made product, so I’m still trying to determine what the appropriate price should be given the amount of labor involved. Thanks!

  9. 9
    Jean

    Geez, the price increase is rather significant. Do you ever sell these at cat shows? I think they would be very hot items there!! Just think of it — a whole building full of nothing but folks who are crazy about cats…

    Come to the Skyway Cat Club show in Largo, FL in November — don’t think you’ll regret it.

  10. 10
    pauly d

    frank gehry has a ca. 1970′s patent in which he suggested compression for holding cardboard buildups together. he’s lying low until someone makes millions on a popular scratcher… that’s when the call from his lawyer will come ;)

  11. 11
    Chuck

    Frankly, that a patent could ever have been issued for such a obvious idea as compression fastening of materials is a good sign of what’s wrong with our patent process. We’ve been using this construction technique for centuries.

    It’s a nice, elegant design. Birch ply is a moderately expensive material, and it is much cheaper to make multi-layer cardboard using die-cut new material unless you can automate the cutting of recycled stock.

    The design could be made less expensive using MDF or press-board, but I suspect that the major cost is in the labor of cutting and assembly of the unit. Given the prices of bonded corrugated board lounges, I suspect that this is still under-priced at $69 as manufactured in the US.

    Metal fastners are more expensive than adhesives, and the required stiff wooden sides for compression add to the cost, additionally, bonded blocks of corrugated can be cut as a block, which is faster than cutting and assembling.

    Like most things, if you could make them in 10,000 piece lots, then they could be produced quite cheaply. Cats need to band together and purchase in bulk… :)


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