It is instinctive for the cat to sharpen its claws. A cat scratching post will be a great place for the cat to scratch and also stretch its body. Cat claws are connected directly to their bones, so the scratching post also helps them to stretch and relieve tension.
5 Main Reasons Cats Scratch
- To remove old nail sheaths from the claws
- To exercise and tone muscles
- To relieve stress, frustration and boredom
- To “warm-up” for a vigorous play session
- To mark territory
Good scratch posts usually comes with a post wrapped around with sisal rope to give the cats a heavenly sensation when they sink their claws in and scratch on. Having a scratch post in your home is a good way to distract the cat from destroying your expensive suede couch and other furniture.
The main thing that you should look out for when selecting the scratch post is the stability, the height and the material of the rope.
Here are 5 of the very best cat scratching post:
1. SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post
Encourages the Mental & Physical Stimulation of Cats!
- Durable post allows cats to get a full stretch vertically and tone muscles.
- Fibrous woven sisal fiber is extremely durable and encourages scratching.
- Attractive and neutrally toned to fit any decor.
- Sturdy construction with 16” x 16” wide base reduces tipping and wobbling.
- Fast and easy assembly attaches the post to the base using the two screws included.
After reading the reviews and losing all of my security deposit (and then some) from my last apartment due to my cat’s constant scratching of the woodwork, I decided to try this item. I really had my doubts about my luck with it as my cat can be very fussy about being directed to do anything like where to scratch. At 1st, as some dissatisfied users reported, my cat showed absolutely no interest in the post. When he would scratch the woodwork, I would place him at the post and he not only showed no interest in the post, but even retracted his claws as a further insult.
I thought “another waste of money.” Then I remembered that one of the posts I read in the reviews was from a lady who had the same disinterested reaction from her cat and who enticed her cat to scratch the post by teasing the cat with his favorite swinging cat toy on top of and around the post. Feeling I had nothing to lose, I gave it a try and I simply couldn’t believe it. The cat dug his claws deep into the post while swatting at the cat toy and the rest is history. He became so interested in the scratching post that he forgot the toy. Afterwards, he tried to scratch the walls only a few times and just saying “no’ sent him to the nearby cat toy. Another good recommendation I read was to place the scratching post near where most of his scratching behavior usually takes place.
I also want to comment on how sturdy this item is. It only took about a minute or so to assemble and is solidly constructed and not likely to tip over. I have a huge Ragdoll cat over 20 pounds of muscle and he hasn’t knocked it over yet and he vigorously uses the post now. Sorry for this being so lengthy, but I hope it can help someone who, like me, was a sceptic and at first thought this isn’t going to work. Thanks to whomever posted the hint about using the cat toy to provoke interest in the post. You saved me a lot of heartache.
2. North American Pet Products Sisal Cat Post, 32-Inch
Plush, stain resistant, residential grade carpet in natural beige.
- Cats need to scratch; A must for saving your home furniture
- Perfect amount of carpet for lounging and sisal for scratching
- Cleans easily with a vacuum and damp cloth
- Plush, stain resistant, residential grade carpet
My cat’s veterinarian recommended that I get a tall rope scratching post, one that my cat can really stretch out to reach the top, and this one fills that prescription fine. And, the cat went right for it and continues to use it regularly and frequently. He loves to run and leap up onto the post. Its weighted base is ample to keep it from tipping over even under that kind of cat attack. Other posts I have seen have wimpy twine wound around them. On this post, though,the sisal rope is thick and coarsely textured, which lets the cat really get his claws dug in for the surface abrasion he needs to keep them sharp. There was no need to attach a springy play-toy to the post-top to attract my cat, although there is a hole in the top to accomplish that. The catnip scent on this post was all that was needed to attract my cat, and he’s been “hooked” on using it since the day it came out of the box. Another plus to this post is that it appears that it would be a simple matter to replace the rope with new, once the cat has torn the original one to shreds. I recommend this to anyone who wants to keep their cat clawed and happy and keep him from tearing up furniture or carpeting in the house.
3. PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Scratcher
Serves double duty as both a cat scratcher and lounge that promises to keep your finicky companions coming back for more!
- Creative vertical design for cats that enjoy scratching cardboard. Made of eco-friendly, recycled and recyclable corrugated cardboard and non-toxic corn starch glue
- Naturally attracts cats. Curves make for easier scratching and a more comfortable place to rest and play
- Also features a cubby hole for exploration and play. Rotate for 3x the use
- Durable construction and dense cardboard lasts longer than other scratchers
- Includes silicone floor grippers to keep in place and premium USA catnip leaf to train your cat(s). Recommended by Hauspanther, a recognized leader in modern cat products
My cats love this! They went right to it once I got it out of the box and I had one cat on either side. The included skid resistant material is perfect so it doesn’t move with the cat’s weight. I am in love with the design! I have wanted a vertical scratcher but have always thought the typical sisal rope ones were tacky. Plenty of room inside the triangle for a kitty to sit.
4. Molly and Friends “Feline Recliner” Premium Handmade One Tier Sisal Cat Scratching Post Furniture with Bed
All natural thick sisal rope is just what your kitty wants to dig his claws into.
- Large bed for all sized cats
- Durable materials, high-quality carpet, and solid construction
- All natural thick sisal rope
- Handmade in the USA, No assembly required
- 35 inches tall on a 19 inch x 19 inch base
I would definitely recommend this product. My cat loved it as soon as I got it out of the box. It is very strong and durable. He can climb up the scratching post (all 11 pounds) and it does not tip. He loves the bed and it is spacious enough for him to stretch out in and still have room to grow. He is just a year old and I’m sure this post will last this very active kitten for many years to come. This is the best made scratching post / bed I have ever seen. Super high quality!
5. PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge – Deluxe
Instead of scratching your furniture, your cats will be more than happy to scratch the less expensive and better feeling cardboard.
- Both a scratcher and a lounge, reversible for twice the use; Sleek and neutral design made of eco-friendly, recycled corrugated cardboard
- Naturally attracts cats; Curves make for easier scratching and a more comfortable place to rest and play
- Large surface area to hold multiple or larger cats and provide generous scratching space
- Durable construction and dense cardboard lasts longer than other scratchers
- Featured on Animal Planet’s ‘My Cat From Hell’; Recommended to save your furniture
As I sit here typing this 2 of my cats are playing on the lounger. I have purchased other lounger/Scratchers before and have been disappointed in their quality and durability. When I first took it out of the packaging I could tell it was well made. I have 4 cats that are lazy and love to scratch everything in sight. From the moment I put it down they were on it playing, sleeping and scratching. My furniture usually takes most of the punishment but since I received it I am happy to say the lounger has. I have already recommended it to my friends with cats.