Best Cat Scratching Posts
Why do cats scratch? It can be very frustrating to find your new sofa scratched to pieces and your drapes shredded. However, this is normal cat behavior. Your cats aren’t doing this to be awkward or to punish you for not getting them their favorite food.
Cats scratch to mark their territory and this is not only by leaving their claw marks. Their paws have scent glands which leave a special odor which tells other cats to keep away. Scratching is also a form of exercise for cats. It works the muscles which is important for health and flexibility. Claws grow quickly and start bending easily so cats scratch to avoid this and to get rid of the old layer of nail. Finally, they simply enjoy it.
So how do you stop them from scratching? Punishing them won’t do any good. They don’t understand the concept at all and it would more likely drive you and your cats apart.
Well, the answer is to get a scratching post, or even multiple posts which you can put in different areas of your house. It may take a little while for your cats to get used to them, but once they do, you will be delighted with the result.
Cats need sturdy scratching posts. You don’t want the posts falling over and hurting them. A post with an extra stable base is an excellent choice, preferably double thick.
Avoid carpet as the material on the posts as this may encourage your cats to scratch your carpets. Sisal rope or sisal fabric are the best choices, but high density cardboard also works well.
It is a good idea to provide both horizontal and vertical scratching posts so that your cats can exercise all their muscles.
So you’ve decided to invest in a scratching post and you’ve looked online. You have probably been overwhelmed. There are so many out there and you don’t know which to choose. Well, we’re here to help. Read on to discover our choices for the best 10 cat scratching posts out there.
Top Picks Comparison
Top 10 Picks
Dimaka Tall Cat Scratching Post 37 in.
This is a fantastic scratching post which is why it’s got our number one spot. Cats love tall scratching posts as they like to fully extend and stretch all their muscles. At 37” this is suitable for your cats whatever height they are and it is even perfect if you have big cats like bengals and maine coons.
The post is made from a thick cardboard tube and it is wrapped in natural sisal which cats love to scratch.
The base is made from heavy chipboard which makes it sturdy and stable. You don’t want the scratching post toppling over and perhaps hurting your cats. The base is covered with plush which is soft and comfortable for your cats.
- Sisal can be replaced
- Plush ball if your cats want to play
- Easy to move just by holding the pole
Siweite Cat Scratcher 3 in 1
We had to put this cat scratcher lounger on our list because it doubles up as a scratcher and a place for your cats to sleep. It is unique in that it is a GD letter shape which makes it easy for your cats to both scratch and relax. You could easily get four medium sized cats on here and they’d all have a place to rest once they got tired of scratching.
This scratcher is eco-friendly in that it is made of high-density recycled cardboard with corrugated paper. It is sturdy and can put up with heavy scratching. You will find that it will last for a long time.
- For cats up to 16 lbs
- Curves make for easy scratching
- Can be folded up and put away
Pioneer Pet Smartcat the Ultimate Scratching Post
This scratching post is not only elegant and will blend in well with your furniture, but it is extremely strong and sturdy. The base is 16” by 16” and this extra width stops the post from toppling over. It is also a tall tree so even bigger cats will be able to fully stretch on it. It is great for multiple cat households as the square design means that there are four sides to scratch.
The post is made from durable sisal which is a strong material and will last for a long time.
- Can buy a topper for it
- Easy to assemble with just two screws
- Its 19 lbs weight keeps it stable
4Claws Wall Mounted Scratching Post 26"
This is a great cat scratching post as it is mounted on the wall and is therefore sturdy and strong. You won’t have to worry that it is going to tip over and your cats get hurt. In fact your cats can rest their weight on it safely. It comes with stainless steel mounting hooks and is very easy to assemble. It is tall at 26” so unless your cat is, for example, a maine coon, it can stretch out it’s body and work those muscles.
The post is made out of durable pressed cardboard and yes, your cats may scratch a little of it off, but it is still long lasting.
- Space saving solution
- 100% recyclable
Ultimate Cat Scratching Post/Modern Cat Tree
If you are looking for a highly durable, yet modern scratching post, you’ve come to the right place. This post is made with sisal material, which is heavy duty and lasts longer than sisal rope. It is tall so even your biggest cat would be able to stretch up and scratch with its full body length. An added bonus is a cat perch on the top. Cats love to sit up higher than the ground so this would be ideal for them. The post even looks like real furniture so should blend in well.
- Soft wooly cushion on the perch bed
- Suitable for larger cats
- Easy to assemble
Petcheer Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge Bed
The PG Fun is ideal for an older cat, though probably not for the larger cat. The tree is sturdy and safe as the sisal scratching posts have a bigger diameter than a lot of cat trees out there. This makes it secure and we know that the last thing you want is for your elderly cat to fall off the tree and possibly get injured.
There is a ladder leading up to the condo which your older cat will appreciate. He can climb up this and then relax in the condo and while away the hours.
- Scratcher made from recyclable materials
- Built for sharing
- Can be made into two different configurations
4Claws Jute Tripod Scratching Post 30"
This scratcher has made our list because of its’ unusual shape. It’s a tripod with a vertical post on top. Your cats can scratch from many different angles and so work out their whole bodies. They can also climb up and down it and perch on top of the tripod. It is useful in multi cat households as more than one cat can scratch at a time.
The post is made out of natural jute and as it is a vegetable fiber, it is an environmentally friendly material.
The scratching post is best suited to lighter cats as it does not have a full base. However, if you put it on the carpet, it won’t slide around with bigger cats using it.
- Modern design and space saving
- Easy to assemble
Petfusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge
Now this is some scratching post. In fact it’s not only a scratching post, but a lounger for your cats. It is two-tiered and at 39”, it’s long. There’s enough room for four medium-sized cats to sleep, and two – three larger ones, like maine coons and ragdolls. It is ideal for sharing in a multi-cat household and there’s plenty of room for more than one cat to scratch at a time. The curves of the lounger are gentle which makes it easier for your cats to scratch and to have a comfy place to sleep.
The Petfusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge is made from recycled cardboard which makes it eco-friendly. Cats love cardboard as they can shred it, but not too much comes off this scratcher. A light vacuum or sweeping once a week should be sufficient to get rid of shredded cardboard.
It has an attractive sleek design and the neutral colors will suit almost any room and décor.
- Reversible so it lasts twice as long
- Six month warranty
- Incudes organic catnip leaf
Docamar Cat Scratching Furniture Cover
Now for something a little different. You know how your cats love to scratch your sofa and how annoyed you become with them when they do. Well, why not invest in the Docamar cat scratching mat and sofa shield. It fits perfectly over the arm of your sofa so your cats will think they’re scratching it, but you know different.
The mat is made out of natural sisal fiber which your cats will love. It is highly durable and resists abrasion and corrosion.
It is very easy to wash. Just hose it down and then let leave it in the shade. It doesn’t take long to dry.
- Comes in an unobtrusive gray color
- Has a 12-month warranty
GoPets Premium Cardboard Cat Scratcher
The GoPets Premium Cat Scratcher is wedge shaped and the natural incline encourages resilience and physical performance in your cats. They will also find it great fun as there are two tunnels running through it. Here you can hide their favorite toys or perhaps a snack or two. Kittens will enjoy running through and playing in the tunnels.
This cat scratcher is made with recycled corrugated cardboard which is 50% thicker than standard cardboard used on many scratching posts. Once your cats have finished with it, it can be recycled again. There’s nothing better than being eco-friendly.
The scratcher is reversible so lasts at least twice as long as it would do otherwise.
- Includes free catnip
- Great design and colors
- Strong enough for larger cats
Are there any Special Needs to Consider when Buying a Scratching Post for a Multi-cat Household?
Cats are solitary creatures unlike dogs. They don’t have that same pack instinct so when they are forced to live with each other it can lead to stress which can lead to more scratching to relieve that stress. If you have more than one cat you have to provide more food, more cat litter, more toys and in the same way, more scratching posts. You should provide them in every room in your house that your cats go into so that there are enough to go round. Your cats probably won’t go searching for a post, so the more you have in a multiple cat household the better.
What Shape Scratching Post Should I Buy?
Variety is the key to this whether you have one cat or five. Tall vertical scratching posts, horizontal, and angled all work on different muscles of your cats bodies. It is a good idea to place angled scratching posts at the base of a tall post as your cats then have a variety of options at the same time.
Where are the Best Places to put Scratching Posts?
If you know the most likely places your cat is going to scratch, put the posts there. If there is a particular piece of furniture they like to scratch, it could be a good idea to put a post next to it. It might not suit the décor of your house, but once they are used to it and like it, you can move it inch by inch to somewhere more suitable. Another good place to place a post is near their favorite sleeping area. Cats like to have a stretch and a scratch when they first wake up. They also like to scratch after they have eaten so put one near their food bowls. Finally, place a scratching post on every level of your house.
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