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Top 7 Scratching Posts for Your Cat


If you don’t want your feline friend scratching the living heck out of your favorite furniture then you’ll need to provide an object a bit more appealing. Appealing in a sense that it keeps your cat’s claws of your favorite comfy chair and not just its looks. That’s why we tested out a few scratching posts (by we I mean our cats of course), and this is our verdict…

What to Look For:

Texture: The color isn’t that much important, what’s important is the texture. Many of the cheap posts you find in your local pet store are covered in carpet. Now they may be pretty to look at, soft to the touch, but are most likely totally ineffective when it comes to scratching.

Construction: The scratching post must be sturdy, and it must be tall. At least tall enough for the size of your cat. A good scratching post isn’t just about keeping those nails sharp, it’s also about being able to have a nice stretch.


1.PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge


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Winner of the 2015 Eco-excellence Award, this scratcher lounge is made out of eco-friendly materials. With a large surface area, it can hold multiple felines with a comfortable place to rest.  With its truly amazing design this piece of cat furniture flows seamlessly with any home décor.

Pros:

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • No assembly required
  • Made out of dense cardboard, lasts a long time
  • Large lounge area
  • Strong and durable
  • Eco-Friendly

Cons:

  • .. None

Conclusion: The quality of the cardboard used in this scratching lounge is almost furniture grade. The scratcher provides a great amount of resistance for that nail sheath shedding so that the kitty’s don’t feel the same need to mark and groom by scratching on a stronger piece of material, thus keeping it away from my precious sofa and chair. A nice balance of price and functionality.

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2. Meow Town Scratch N Stow Cat Scratching Post for Cats and Kittens


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Made with quality materials, this tall scratch post is perfect for adult cats. The Catnip-infused bungee mouse toy on top encourages cats to scratch and play.  With its sturdy base it’s great for any cat that loves to launch itself on things.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Catnip Infused Mouse on top
  • Carpet covered base
  • Made from premium materials
  • Good Price

Cons:

  • Mouse snaps off relatively easily
  • If you have a bigger cat (15+lbs it can tip over)

Conclusion: It’s nice and sturdy if you don’t have a huge cat like mine (16lbs male, practically a lion, or so he thinks). Luckily my cat just loves to scratch it and play with the mouse which he broke off almost immediately, but it’s ok, as I kinda looked at that as more of a bonus thing. If you have a medium sized cat or smaller I think this is perfect.

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3. PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratcher and Post


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PetFusion’s vertical scratcher serves double duty as both a cat scratcher and play area that promises to keep your kitty companions coming back for more! It’s custom made for active cats who love playing, scratching and lounging about. With its stylish design it will blend in your home seamlessly.

  • Pros:
  • It looks amazing
  • No assembly required
  • Very durable, last longer than other scratchers
  • Even the most disinterested cat seems to go bananas over it

Cons:

  • Price tag

Conclusion: It’s incredibly well made out of premium materials and you can tell. It looks amazing anywhere I put it (though I just keep it next to my sofa) and I love the hole where my guy just loves to sit and lounge around. The price tag is a little step but you get what you pay for, for sure.

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4.Molly and Friends Bed and Sisal Scratching Post

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With a large bed on top, this gorgeous piece of cat furniture allows big kitties to lounge and stretch out after a session of nice scratching. With its natural thick sisal rope your cat won’t be able to help itself but dig in with its claws. Solid pine pole construction with heavy duty screws and bolts ensure a long lasting piece of cat furniture.

Pros:

  • Sturdy, well balanced
  • Durable
  • Made right here in the S.A.
  • No assembly required
  • Tall
  • Roomy

Cons:

  • Carpeting a tad lacking (inexpensive materials used)

Conclusion: It’s a bit pricey sure, but my cat absolutely loves it. I love the fact that it can lounge about on top after a nice scratching session. My cat is a 16 pound male so he needs space, and this was surprisingly large enough to provide it.  The carpeting could have been better but overall I (and more importantly my guy) loved it.

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5.TRIXIE Pet Products Parla Scratching Post


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Trixie’s Parla is nice and basic. It’s scratching post is covered in durable sisal and with its plush covered base which is perfect for stretching out or catching a quick catnap. With its gray color it’s  easy to integrate into your home.

Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Easy to assemble
  • Tall, allows you cat to have a nice stretch
  • Wide base
  • Well made

Cons:

  • Base isn’t covered with any padding
  • Doesn’t come with a bolt to tighten it

Conclusion: It’s nice and basic and my cat really enjoys it. I wish the base was covered with some padding as my cat really enjoys digging his claws in that too. But overall it’s a good buy for the price.

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6. Cardboard Cat Scratcher Premium Triangle Cat Scratching Post and Cat Scratcher Lounge

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Custom made for cats who enjoy scratching, playing, and just lounging around! Cats love the feel of cardboard, recalling their days as kittens, and are natural scratchers. Instead of punishing your furniture, your cats will be more than happy to scratch this less expensive and better feeling cardboard.

Pros:

  • No assembly required (take it out the box and give it to your cat right away
  • It looks gorgeous
  • Includes Catnip
  • Well made, durable
  • Size, it’s not too big so you can put it basically anywhere

Cons:

  • Unstable, light weight

Conclusion: Being so lightweight, it will make some noise when your cat or cats knock it over. It’s very basic and it gets the job done. With its gorgeous design, it will look nice everywhere in your home.

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7. Natural Seagrass Cat Scratching Post, Feather Toy Included, 19-Inch


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A nice, basic scratch post with a durable attached toy, triangular base designed to be placed in a corner.  This particular one matches beautifully with a modern home décor.

Pros:

  • Simple design, fits in a corner perfectly
  • Easy to assemble
  • Made with natural materials
  • The smell of seagrass will lure you kitty away from the furniture
  • 19” tall

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with its own assembly materials (you kind of have to have a screwdriver  and screw to assemble it yourself)
  • Can be a little wobbly

Conclusion: It’s a good scratching post as it’s very basic and gets the job done. It fits in nice with your other furniture.

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