The Best Scratching Posts for Cats

As cute as this little one can be, it can become a real hassle when he starts scratching everything in your home ! That is the reason why it is essential to buy a good scratching post. It will help prevent this kind of situation and will definitely please your cat and satisfy his desire to scratch and claw. Let us help you figure out why it is so important and what you should look for in a scratching post. Finally, we will give you our advice on some of the best scratching posts for cats available on the market.

You will find in this article: 

  • Why your cat needs a scratching post
  • What to look for in a great and cool scratching post
  • Review of the best scratching posts for cats

If you dont have time to read the entire article, here is a quick overview of our favorites but you can check a full review if you scroll down. 

ImageProductDimensionsMaterialRatingsPrice
petfusion chartPet Fusion Ultimate Scratching Post34 x 10.5 x 10.5 inchesrecycled corrugated cardboard4.8/5$$
pet fusion triangle chartPet Fusion 3 Sided Scratching Post18 x 10.5 x 16 inches recycled corrugated cardboard4.5/5$$
smartcat chartSmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post16 x 16 x 35 inchesfibrous, durable sisal 4.6/5$$
trixie chartTrixie Pet Product Scratching Post15.5 x 15.5 x 24.2 inchesnatural sisal4.4/5$

Why does your cat need a scratching post ?

Cat’s have an innate need to scratch and claw: Your cat must have somewhere they can satisfy their desire to scratch. Thus, providing a scratching post will prevent your cat from tearing up your furniture, drapery and carpeting. Why is this so important to them? 

best scratching posts for catsRemove old nail sheaths from the claws : This is a well know reason. By doing so, your cat removes old nail sheaths and enables newer and sharper claws to come out.

Stretching & exercise: Cat’s use their scratching post for stretching and exercise, it helps them tone their muscles. That is also why choosing the right scratching post is vital to your cat’s health and well-being! Yoda uses his post to maintain his nails, but he does it in such a way that he’s stretching out his back and legs each time! He is so funny to watch. ^^

Marking territory: We would say a scratching post is most vital for enabling your cat to “mark his/her territory.” It is so important to keep in mind your cat needs their own place, to show off to guests whose territory there are trekking on. Placing the post is also important to keep in mind. Putting the post in a prominent location (even right next to other tempting scratching places, i.e. the couch, etc.) would make your cat choose to scratch the post, rather than that precious armchair.

Relieve stress and frustration : You know it already but a cat is a very active animal. He can get bored easily. A scratching post is a way to release his energy and prevent boredom.

Show off: Yes cats are a little bit like us (or is it the opposite?) Scratching is different for them if they do it while they are alone or in the presence of other cats or humans. It’s a way to show the intruder whose territory they are in.

How to find the best cat scratching post ?

Material

There are of course plenty of different materials to consider when choosing a scratching post. Whether cardboard, wood, or sisal, the choice is yours, as long as your cat likes it and that it does the job 😉

A fibrous and durable sisal material is ideal for conditioning nails; keeping them healthy and maintained. We personally like sisal material because though it is pricier, it will last for years before needing replaced or updated. The sisal accomplishes the same purpose as tree bark outside, thus offering cats a natural sense of scratching and clawing. As your cat scratches the post, the sisal catches the front claws so when your cat pulls downwards, it releases the sheath to expose the new claw underneath.  Sisal is also the most popular choice among cat parents, and also among cats! Both enjoy the stability and durability that sisal offers, as Paul, Yoda and I have come to learn, too!

sisal scratching post

Manufacturers recently came up with more “design” scratching posts that integrate better in your home. The material used is reinforced cardboard : it’s almost as durable than sisal material, it lasts much longer than you can think and some tricks even help you keep them for a while.

Size and stability

The scratching post should be tall enough so your cat can fully stretch on it! As you read before, it’s essential for your cat! That being said, stability is a key factor as well. Your cat can be very vigorous when scratching and you dont want this scratching post to fall when your cat does, otherwise he would rapidly loose interest.

Review of the best scratching posts for cats

When you are about to choose a scratching post you have 2 solutions. Long lasting (this article) or more temporary (see cheap scratching post article coming soon). Whatever your choice may be, we guide you to find the best out of its category! When we first got Yoda, we started with one of the cheap ones but quickly upgraded to something sturdier and it was worth it! The price difference is not that big and you wont have to replace it as quickly as the cheap versions. (Just some tips to help you give your scratching post extra life) 🙂

Pet Fusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge

pet fusion ultimate cat scratcher lounge
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Does your cat tends to always scratch the prettiest things in the house? You may have a great solution with this cat scratching post! It almost looks like a designer object that gives a cool touch to the room you place it in.

It is pretty big as you can see on the picture, so it’s perfect if you have a big cat or several cats ! They can lay on it, they can play around it, and it has two sections for the cats to run through which makes it even more enjoyable for them.

It is reversible so when one side is used, just turn it around. Because the recycled corrugated cardboard is very dense, it gives the cat enough resistance to play, preventing him from looking for something else, like your new couch 🙂 We believe it can last up to 4 times longer than regular scratchers, so it’s definitely worth the investment.

Why we like it : contemporary design, interactive, strong and durable, environment friendly.

Tip : when your cat is done using both sides, cut it in half lengthwise and use the inside as a new scratching post. You will have 2 brand new scratching posts! You’re welcome 🙂

Pet Fusion 3 sided vertical cat scratcher and post

pet fusion 3 sided vertical cat scratching post
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Same brand, different product but same classy style and durability. It’s definitely a fun piece of furniture for you cat to scratch on the sides, stand on top, or run through it!

It is made of the same dense cardboard material than its big brother (the ultimate cat scratcher lounge) so it is very durable. Let’s not forget to mention that you have 3 sides, so you can turn it around as soon as one side is used, making it last longer than other cheap scratching post!

If you think that the usual sisal rope scratchers look tacky, well this is a scratcher to consider!

Why we like it : cool design, interactive, strong and durable, environment friendly.

Tip : As it is smaller than the ultimate scratcher above, it could move around if you don’t put the feet that come with it. We recommend putting it on a mat or anything that would prevent it from moving.

SmartCat Ultimate Scratching post

smartcat ultimate scratching post
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If you don’t want to renew your scratching post every now and then, this is the solution you have been looking for.

Let’s put it simply, it is the best quality we found in a scratching post. The higher quality of materials (Fibrous woven sisal fiber) makes it so strong that your cat will be able to use it for years. Check out reviews on Amazon and see for yourself. Some customers have been using it for more than 5 years and if you know how much cats love to scratch, then you know it’s a loooong time 🙂

Because it’s higher than usual posts (32 inches), your cat will also get a full stretch when he scratches on it. It’s good for his health! No worries about it tipping over (well if your cat is a hulk it can still happen but the base is wide enough to prevent it from falling).

It’s a simple design but it’s an extremely efficient and long lasting scratching post! We recommend !!!

Why we like it : the most durable, neutral design.

Tip :  If your cat is not interested at first, place his favorite toy on it. Results are incredible!

Trixie Pet Product Scratching Post

trixie scratching posts for cats
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This is actually what you probably expected to find when searching for a scratching post.

This is a post wrapped in sisal and cats simply love this texture. Really with this post there is no extra but it does the job ! If you are looking for a simple, inexpensive but efficient scratching post, this is what you should choose.

Among the crazy number of scratching post like this, we selected the one from trixie pet product because it’s probably the best. It’s quality made and the extra plush added to cover the bottom and the top makes it easier to integrate in your interior.

The base is wide enough to give the ensemble a perfect stability. It’s important as your cat can push it hard sometimes and you dont want it to tip over 🙂 That being said, this scratching post is pretty tall (24 inches) which is required so your cat can stretch and take full advantage of its scratching.

We think this is a great product to start with !

Why we like it : affordable, long lasting

Tip :  Sisal rope is easy to replace if you want to keep your stand, just replace the sisal and you’ll save on cash 🙂

 The best scratching posts for cats : Conclusion

We hope this review helped you figure out what you wanted for your cat. Those stands are durable and we do think they are the best of the best. Whether you are looking for something pretty, sturdy, vertical, horizontal or that simply does the job, we are sure you will find something you like here! If you are looking for a cheaper version, make sure to check out our article on the best cheap cat scratching post or if you are into DIY projects, you could also choose to design your very own cat scratcher! Let us know which one you prefer by commenting this post and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google + ! Thank you!

 

4 Comments

  1. Joseph said:

    Scratching posts are great, but if they take up too much space you might want to consider a cardboard cat scratcher. They’re recyclable and don’t take much space.

    October 19, 2016
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  2. Cat Scratcher said:

    Scratching posts are great when you have them set up but take forever to setup. When you screw up the setup it’s a hassle returning it back to Amazon. Sometimes just buying a ready made cardboard scratcher is the better option.

    -Scott

    August 3, 2017
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    • Brittany said:

      Hey Scott! Yes, depending on the brand and what material scratcher you buy, sometimes it can take some extra effort to set up – alas, it may last much longer! When Yoda moves around with us a lot, we get him a cardboard scratcher as his temporary scratcher so he still reaps all the benefits 😉 Thanks for dropping by!

      August 4, 2017
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