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Buying an Scratch Post for Your Cat? Read This Guide First!

A scratch post for your feline is your friend. Especially when you have expensive furniture. In this guide to scratch posts, we´ll discuss the ins and outs. This way you can decide which one you should buy.

Guide to Buying a Cat Scratch Post

Maybe you wonder why you need a designated scratch post for Mr(s). Mittens.  It seems like such a simple item. Yet, having one (or a couple) of these items around the house can save you big time. There are a couple of reasons why you should invest in  designated scratching areas.

The Benefits of a Cat Scratching Post

 

  • For your pet’s health. Scratching things is how cats keep their nails in top shape. And not only that, scratching is also a great exercise for your kitty, and a way to reduce stress. Make sure your pet has somewhere to scratch without worry. It reduces the stress levels of both you and your feline.
  • For the sake of your furniture, drapes, and upholstery. (And your stress levels). The way most newbie cat owners discover scratching items are quite essential. Cats love to scratch, and will scratch anything. That includes your leather couch. Setting up proper scratching areas can help divert the cat’s claws from your furniture, to his furniture. Simply setting it up might not be enough. Train your pet to use the scratch post. You can do so by putting catnip on it. Kitten treats at the top of the scratch post can also help correct this behavior problem.
  • If you have a newly adopted cat or kittens: A scratch post provides a wondrous activity to help kittens get rid of their excess energy. It also gives them something in  your home to attach themselves too. This makes it easier for the kitten(s) to adjust to their new surroundings. It also helps deal with any behavioral problems that might arise with being in a new environment. Tip: Hang extra items for the kittens to play with from the scratch post. This will encourage the kittens to play with it even more.
  • They fulfill a cat’s social need If you own multiple cats, or better said, if multiple cats own you, a scratch post will provide a social meeting point. The felines will start hanging around the scratching item for interaction and play. It’s  a great way to bring all your kitties together,

What to Look For When Buying A Cat Scratch Post?

Scratch solutions come in a few varieties. These things come in so many different varieties. So many different sizes, shapes, and materials. When choosing an essential accessory like this, it’s best to think like a feline. We’ll point out valuable tips and advice so you can decide which scratch post best suits your needs.

Height

Make sure you buy a scratching item that is large enough for your feline. When a cat starts to scratch, he/she reaches upwards and then pulls down against the post. The post should be roughly 1.5 times the size of your feline. This will allow him/her to stretch out. The taller and sturdier a scratch post is, the more chance you have of your pet picking the designated scratching item over your couch or chair.

Sturdiness & Stability

The sturdiness and stability of a piece of scratching furniture, matter more to a cat, than the material of construction. It is very important for the item to be stable and sturdy. If the designated scratcher doesn’t stay upright, the cat can’t scratch to his or her’s desire. This will leave Mittens looking for better scratching options.

Wooden or sisal solutions must be thoroughly attached to a strong and sturdy base. The base has to be big and heavy enough, so it won’t wobble when kitty starts using the item. If you have a wobbly post, it’s usually an easy fix: just nail it onto a larger base. This provides more stability.

Cardboard solutions that lie flat on the floor have to be large enough. Your pet has to be able stand on the post and scratch at the same time.

 

How to Choose a Scratching Post

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Materials For Cat Scratchers

Natural Materials (Wood)

Felines that spent a lot of time outdoors usually use wooden fence posts, trees or tree stumps to sharpen their front claws. If you let your cat roam free outside, or your he/she has previously spent a while outside, he or she might want a scratching post from wood. You can either pick up some logs or firewood stumps yourself, or invest in an ready-build scratching solution from natural logs.

Pro’s

  • Natural materials make for happy cats
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Sturdy
  • Durable

Cons

  • When buying a ready made solution, can be slightly expensive
  • When bring in wood from outdoors, check thoroughly for insects & other unwanted guests.
  • DIY is not for everyone

Cardboard

Petfusion Corrugated Cardboard Scratcher is not only pleasing to the eyes, it's also made with non-toxic glues. The curved design invites the cat to scratch the post.
This corrugated cardboard scratcher won the 2014 Fancy Cat Magazine #1 prize. Kitties love it and you can buy it on Amazon.

Economical and practical, while (usually) not the most aesthetically pleasing, these scratching posts made from corrugated cardboard appeal to many cats. And they’re easy to replace. The higher quality ones often come with a toy of some sort, to encourage your cat to scratch at the pole. Cardboard scratchers are usually the first choice for new cat owners. They’re  cheap and easily replaceable, but might not be the prettiest solution when it comes to cat furniture. They usually need replacing within a few weeks to a couple of months, depending on usage of course.

Pro’s

  • Cheap

Con’s

  • Ugly
  • Might not be heavy & sturdy enough.
  • Not very durable

Sisal Rope

The best post there is? The Smartcat Ultimate is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon with over 4k reviews.
SmartCat Ultimate. Click the image to check on Amazon

Another popular option constitutes of posts covered with rough sisal rope. Sisal covers the same purpose as tree bark would do outside. The sisal provides good grip for the front claws. The cat pulls downward and releases the sheath. This exposes the new claw underneath. These scratchers are slightly more expensive than cardboard ones. But they’re also far more durable and can last for years, before needing replacing. Cats love using these posts covered in sisal. Make sure you get a non-painted one. The paint can be toxic to your pets. If the sisal begins to look messy, trim it with scissors to make it look nice again.

In this category, we recommend the Smartcat Ultimate Scratcher. It’s the #1 best seller on Amazon with over 4.000 positive reviews.

Pro’s

  • Long lasting
  • Durable
  • Relatively cheap.
  • Good price – durability

Cons

  • Ugly
  • Needs retrimming after a while of intense usage

 

Carpet

Half Carpet Half Sisal Tall Post for your kitten to scratch at, and lie on. Molly and Friends is a very popular options with an average user rating of 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon.Carpet is another favorite of the pet supply industry. We, on the other hand, don’t think this is a good idea. While carpet does serve the same purpose as sisal, it can resemble carpeting found on staircases or floors. Not all felines may take notion of the difference between their scratch post or your staircase carpet. Many won’t actually. If you want your felines to to stop wrecking your stairs and floors, it’s best to switch over to a different material. But if you do not have any carpet in the house, these scratchers are a viable option. They’re sturdy and durable, like sisal covered ones, but can be more pleasing to the eyes.

If you do want a carpet solution, we recommend going half carpet/half sisal, like this one from Molly & Friends.

Pro’s

  • Cheap
  • Durable

Cons

  • Cats might not understand the difference between the carpet on their scratching item and the carpet in your house.
  • Can be toxic if painted.
  • Ugly

Where to place the scratch post?

 

Where you decide to put the scratch post, plays a big part in your pet’s acceptance of his new designated scratching area. When a felines scratches something, he/she leaves marks for other cats. These territory markers are both visual (the scratches) and scented. Other felines are now aware they’re in someone’s territory.

For this same reason, many cats choose a prominent chair or table to scratch. This is how they let other felines know immediately whose territory they are in.

That’s why it is important to place the designated scratching item in a prominent, often-used, location in the house.

Sometimes it will even help to put the designated scratch item directly in front of the piece of furniture your feline has chosen to be it’s scratchers. Put a little catnip or toy on the scratchers to encourage Mr. Mittens to start scratching at his new piece of furniture.

 

Cat Shelves

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Cat Shelves

 


wall wounted cat shelf refined felineCat shelves and perches are important when you have felines. They need vertical territory. Vertical territory an umbrella term that describes the cat’s need for high places to climb and jump to. 

 

Vertical territory has several functions for our feline friends. It makes the kitty feel entertained, safe and secure. Not all animals are such climbers like cats are. From up high up they can keep an eye on their world, scout for food and keep a close eye on other pets or resident animals, who might pose a threat to the kitten.

if the space in your apartment is limited, vertical furniture is ideal. Wall-mounted cat shelves and wall mounted perches to lounge on are a great idea. Especially when it comes to saving space, while still providing vertical territory to your kittens

Couple of points you need to keep in mind.

 

  1. Stability.
    Wall mounted cat furniture has to be stable. Don´t let it wobble or your pet could fall off! But if it does wobble, usually it´s an easy diy fix.
  2. Surface
    Modern cat furniture can look cool and sleek, but make sure the surface is suitable for felines. Some shelves or perches have a slick wooden or varnished surface. While it might look nice, cats can easily slip and fall off. Also, they might find hard surfaces not ideal for napping purposes. If you do have a slick surface, make them suitable by installing sisal, carpet or other material to your cat shelf.
  3. Sturdiness
    Because felines can be very playful (or run through the house like proper maniacs) it´s important that your shelves are sturdy enough to support this kind of behavior. Also, the shelves need to be strong enough to support multiple cats, which brings us to point four.
  4. Size Matters
    Make sure the shelves or perches are large enough to support 1 or 2 cats. Kittycats like to have their space. They like to be able to lounge about and stretch themselves. Especially when it’s cold, cats like to share of shelf with another feline friend. This way they can keep warm by snuggling each other.
  5. Easy Acces Baby
    If your pet is very young, old, has special needs or simply is just not as agile as he/she once was, he/she might find it difficult to reach and navigate through hard-to-reach cat furniture. Make sure your kitties can access the shelves easily. Lower shelves make sure the special kittens can safely climb the higher shelves/perches. Install enough shelves for the cats so they can easily climb around. Stairs or a strategically placed chair can do wonders too.

 

Don’t skimp on vertical territory for your kitties. Definitely not less is more; the more the better!

1.Refined Feline Cat Shelves

wall mounted cat shelveThese modern floating cat shelves are made for climbing, and can hold up to 70 lbs. They are made from strong metal, with comfortable pads to lie on and provide grip. If the pads get worn out, you can replace them easily. The pads are connected to the shelf with magnets. These cat shelves come in a few different colours: black, white, off white, titanium.

Check on amazon for more pictures.

2.  Urban Pet Haus Wave Wall Mounted Perch

Another modern looking shelf, these babies come in a large (top) and a small (bottom) version. They fit very well in small spaces, and have a nice sleek look. The Wave mounts to the wall, and mounting hardware is included.

The Wave provides your feline with a comfy lookout and climbing options.

  • Real wood veneer
  • Dark zebra wood engineered finish
  • Chocolate brown felt padded top
  • Attaches securely to wall studs

Check on Amazon for more pictures

3. Sophia Cat Climbing Shelves

The Sophia is a set of two separate wall shelves. You can mount them on the wall any way you want. One of these shelves is closed, while the other has a hole. The closed one can be used for books, plants or what ever you feel like putting there. They will not be disturbed by the playing kitty.  Carpet for comfy lounging and grip on both pieces

4. Harmony Contour Cat Wall Shelves

 

harmony cat shelves espressoThese sleek and streamlined perches can hold up to 40lbs (18kg). You can attach them to the wall with their hidden brackets. They come in two varieties

  •  standard shelf
  • L-shaped shelf

These are definitely cheaper shelves. Starting at 14.99$ last time we checked, but check on amazon for recent pricing. You might want to install some carpet for grip, or a more comfortable lounge place. If you’re looking for a cheap solution, and don’t mind doing some DIY, these are the way to go.

 

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5. Amish Made Wooden Cat Shelves

 

 

amish cat shelvesWoodwork? Leave it to the amish. If you can raise a barn, how hard could it be to raise a cat. These real sturdy, heavy wooden cat shelves are made from furniture quality dark cherry maple wood. They have carpet on top, This set includes two rectangular shleves, and one corner piece. Built to endure up to 50 lbs (~22.5kg). Mounting hardware & screws are included.

 

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