If you are having trouble with getting your cat to stop kneading their claws on your furniture, then you may want to consider getting them a cat scratching post. You might be surprised to learn that they can be pretty affordable, have a long lifespan, and are often more than just a post.
We found some of the most effective and useful scratchers that your cat will hardly stay away from, and we answered some of the most asked questions about them, too.
Top 5: Cat Scratching Posts Review
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Whether you have several cats or just a few that you like to spoil, then this is possibly the highest-quality post that you could get, but it would probably be more suitable to call this thing a castle rather than a post.
It can come in 2 different sizes (both beige): medium and large. The medium size is on a square platform, has three posts that hold a second platform (triangle), and a post on that that holds a rounded roost; altogether, it is nearly 3 feet tall.
The large is nearly 4 feet tall and comes with an extra level between the bottom and the triangular level, and that level is another square one.
It can be a little awkward to securely attach the roost, which can be a little too small for any chunky kitties you may have, but once you manage to get it on nice and tight, it barely moves when they jump in it, depending on how they jump.
This post is kind of the opposite to the last one: it is meant to be a bit smaller but just as useful, and you can get it in several styles depending on the color (beige or gray).
The bottom is a square with two posts on the inside, almost in the middle but leaving enough room for a smaller, non-scratch post that holds a curved platform for a napping cat or several kittens.
The two scratching posts then hold a fairly large rounded roost that is more stable than most and can hold a cat that is up to 25 pounds. You could also get this is a larger size that has more platforms and posts, some with a built-in toy(s) and even one with a ramp for smaller or older cats.
You may have to get a few loose screws from the hardware store, though, since it is a little common that the kit does have a screw or two missing from the package.
This is one of the few posts out there that only has a single scratching post out there, but that is because it comes with more than several posts.
On the one side of the square base, where the post is, there is a three-tier ball ring for your cat to hit and chase around the post. Then, at the top of the post is a string and puffball with feathers that they can smack while they stand on the raised platform on the opposite side of the base.
Because of the design, and the fact that it does not come in other sizes and styles, this is really more suited for a single cat, but if you have two that like to share, this is still a good option.
This is one of the few posts that has a colored rope base, but that is the newer version of the model which comes in a very light cream/white color; the older version comes in a regular cream color.
Like most models, the base is square with the posts (2) in the corner, except this model's first platform is a fabric that is attached to the posts by elastic bands. Then, the one post leads up to a circular roost with a feather toy hanging down to entertain the other cats below.
Altogether, it is a little over 2 feet tall and nearly a foot and a half wide. You might find that kittens like it, especially the fabric hammock, but it can be a little harder for older cats to get in or out of the hammock.
Still, it is one of the more affordable options for multiple cats.
The last on the list, this model is fairly similar to the last one in terms of design, but it only has a single platform with a hammock instead of 2.
It is also one of the few that you can get with just a tall post by itself with no platform at the top and is one of the most affordable models.
You can get either design in gray or beige, and because it is a little over a foot and a half tall, it can be great for kittens or senior cats to use. The hammock is also a little bit tighter than the last model, making it easier to get in and out of.
However, heavier cats may find it more difficult to get or stay in since the whole thing is so light that if a heavier cat (at or around 25 pounds) jumps into it, it can tend to wobble or fall over, possibly hurting them.
Picking which of these is the best based on the size, quality, and lifespan is fairly easy since the one that shines the most is the first product: the AmazonBasics Cat Activity Tree with Scratching Posts.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Can You Get Your Cat to Use a New Scratching Post?
There are a couple of easy things that you can do to transition your cat to use the scratcher instead of the furniture. Kittens are fairly intuitive to start using a scratching post, but it can take some time to teach them to stop scratching the regular furniture.
A good rule of thumb is to cover the furniture that you do not want to be scratched with a big, thick blanket that they cannot move or scratch through. If they keep trying to scratch it, you can also use a mister to deter them from the furniture or startle them with a loud noise.
The same can be said for cats, but if you want to lure them to the scratching post, you can show them how to use it by scratching your nails on it. If you try to pick them up and place them there, they might not feel comfortable around it anymore.
Some other tips you can use are putting it in the area of the house they are mostly around and are comfortable in or right by the furniture that they scratch. You could also spray the post with some catnip solution too.
What Material Works Best?
Most posts are made with either rope or a solid sheet of fabric, but the higher-quality posts that last a long time are generally the ones that are made with rope.
After a while, when the rope starts to fray, it can get scratchy and prickly to touch for both you and your cat. This is because of the rough fibers that get pulled out when your cat is using it.
However, a simple fix is to take a pair of scissors and cut off the long and painful fibers every few months or even every 6 months or so.
How Long Can a Scratching Post Last?
Depending on what type the material is, how it is built, and how often your cat uses it, a single post can last for as long as a few years to over a decade. Nowadays, though, most scratching posts are a series of two or more posts, though, meaning it can last even longer.
However, you will find that your cat will probably favor one post in particular, and if you have dogs or pet rodents, you may have to put it in a place where it cannot be knocked over or nibbled on by them since it will shorten the lifespan faster.
Fun Facts About Cats
Cats are the best and don’t let a dumb, stinky dog tell you otherwise. But seriously, cats are some of the most popular animals both in our homes and in our minds, but there are so many interesting things most people simply don’t know.
From their biology to their relationship with people to their impact on culture at large, here are X fun facts about cats to brighten your day.
I See YouAnyone who has ever tried to take a picture of their cat (and let’s be real, we all have), likely ends up taking many pictures where their eyes glow like a monster’s. This glow comes from what’s called a tapetum lucidum and is responsible for the cat’s awesome night vision.
Not only is a cat able to see with as little as ⅙ the light that we need, but their vertically slit pupils also allow them to see in extremely bright settings too. However, their vision is nowhere near as good at seeing colors and not ideal for long distances.
Even more interesting, a cat’s eyes seem to be able to see some of the ultraviolet spectrum too, which might explain what they’re always staring at in the corner of the room.
Like WolverineOne common misconception we tend to have about cats is that their claws are similar to our fingernails. As painful as it would be, removal of your fingernails will not impede your ability to use your fingers once they’ve healed.
However, the same cannot be said for declawing cats, not the least of which because their claws are technically part of their bone structure. Declawing a cat is far more akin to removing the tip of your finger than removing your fingernail.
Aside from the fact that this is incredibly painful for the cat, even with surgery, it also leaves them less agile and can lead to biting when threatened or stressed.
Measuring AntennaeWhiskers are arguably some of the most aesthetically interesting features on a cat that make them look cute or distinguished. But, a cat’s whiskers are more than just fashion statements, providing them information in a variety of situations.
For starters, cats use their whiskers to gauge how small of a space they can fit in as the whiskers are roughly as wide as their body. The stiff fibered hairs are also able to sense subtle changes in wind circulation, providing them a kind of blindsight even in total darkness.
Finally, whiskers can be used to sense the subtlest of motion, allowing them to sense prey from minute movements-- especially helpful for blind cats.
You Smell That?We already know that many animals have an incredibly sensitive olfactory sense or sense of smell, and cats are no different. However, cats take that to a completely different level and have the ability to taste the smells in the air the same way snakes do.
Granted, cats aren’t the only animals that share this sense with snakes, but they are one of the few mammalian carnivores to do so. Their ability to “taste the air” comes from the same organ too, the Jacobson’s organ a.k.a. the vomeronasal organ, though they don’t have to stick their tongue like snakes.
While they generally use this to smell the pheromones of other cats, an astute pet owner might recognize the tell-tale curling of their lips when sniffing you.
Can You Hear Me Now?Like other senses, a cat’s hearing is incredibly acute too, and is actually more acute than a dog’s. They can hear more than 1 ½ octaves higher than us and over 1 octave higher than a dog. As impressive as this might sound, it goes even further as cats can hear ultrasound noise like those used to in medical imaging to provide sonograms of the fetus. Of course, cats have no use for that function and instead use it to zero in on rodents and accurately gauge within 3” where their prey is from a yard away.
Music to My EarsPurring is arguably one of the most iconic cat qualities enjoyed by fellow felines and their owners the world over. There are few things more relaxing than the rhythmic drone of a contented cat purring away while being pet.
While we tend to think of purring as a way for a cat to show that it’s happy, the sound serves other interesting purposes too. For starters, while we have a rough idea which parts of their throat cats use to generate the sound, we still don’t know exactly how they do it.
On top of that, cats purr for all sorts of reasons, one of which may be to heal themselves as purring has been shown to aid in tissue regeneration.
Playing AroundFrom the outside, cats might seem like sadistic little beasts the way they bat around their prey, but it serves an important function. While we might think of cats as mighty, albeit miniature, hunters, they still need to protect themselves.
Even if a cat can take down a mouse without much threat at the moment, they need to play the long game to make sure that they do so safely.
Rather than immediately go in for the kill, a cat will instead “play” with its food to tire it out so that when it does make the final strike, it doesn’t have to worry about its prey putting up a fight. This may not be as big of a deal for a house cat, but this is incredibly important for feral cats.
If I Feel Like ItCats are noted for being aloof and capricious, wanting all of your love and attention one minute and completely disregarding it the next. While this may serve to increase the general popularity of dogs in comparison, it comes from the fact that humans domesticated dogs but not cats.
Part of the reason many cats often seek to escape their home, even if they might become lost in the process, is that cats domesticated themselves. Able to better fend for themselves in the wild without the aid of others, cat domestication began by hunting rodents in ancient grain storages.
This is also why it can be incredibly difficult, if not outright impossible, to train some cats.
You Don’t Want It?More common for pet owners whose cats spend part of their time indoors and part outdoors, cats have a propensity to bring “gifts” in the form of dead animals. While it may seem gross (and can be dangerous if the kill is infected), most behaviorists agree that they do it out of love.
That said, there is still a lot of discussion about the exact reason cats do it in the first place with the anthropomorphic reasoning being that they want to make you happy or receive praise.
However, some scientists think that cats see us lowly humans as terrible hunters who need all the help we can get.
To the Last OneWhile it may not always be pretty, cats are famous (or infamous) for being some of the most prodigious hunters in the world. A perfect example of this is the black-footed cat which has a successful hunting rate of 60%, making them one of the most impressive non-insect hunters.
However, even the humble house cat is an efficient hunter and threatens numerous endangered animals. Granted, your housecat likely won’t make a species go extinct anytime soon, but domestic cats that live on isolated islands can drive a species from endangered to extinction.
Their killer instinct has already caused the extinction of 33 known species to date.
Itchy and ScratchyMany people are allergic to cats and dogs, it’s not the fur that makes people allergic but the dander-- though this is further exacerbated with cats. The main reason comes from the primary allergen, a protein called Pel d1 which is secreted through the skin and saliva.
While the same protein is secreted in both animals, the molecular structure is smaller for cats which makes it more airborne. Combine that with the fact that cats lick themselves significantly more than dogs and it leads to twice as many people being allergic to cats compared to dogs.
That said, you can help prevent kids from becoming allergic by exposing them to the allergen when they’re young.
Taking the World by Storm
Bow Before FluffyWe may fawn over our feline friends today, but that’s nothing compared to how the Egyptians and other old cultures felt about cats. However, we tend to exaggerate exactly how much Ancient Egyptians venerated cats, even if they revered them more than most.
Part of this esteem came from cats’ association with Egyptian gods and partly for the same pest-control reasons most cultures accepted them. This led to the Egyptians believing that cats were sacred, similar to how the Hindu religion has treated cows.
This exaltation supposedly led to a Persian king deploying cats as a way to stop the advance of an Egyptian army and allowed the Persians to win a decisive battle.
Witch’s BrewOf course, not all cultures agreed with cats that they were ordained from the Heavens to act as custodians to us lowly humans/slaves. Starting in the Middle Ages, Europeans began to associate cats with witches and, thus, the Devil.
Part of this comes from the fact that cats are naturally less social, more nocturnal, and even have vertically slit pupils. It also did not help that loners tend to favor the companionship of independent and self-sufficient cats more than dogs which require far more attention and care.
Because of this, people looking for witches would often find cats living with them and conclude that the cat was their familiar.
Oh Captain, My CaptainFor all of the highs and lows cats have endured throughout culture and history, few situations are as stable as ships. Since ancient times, sailors kept cats on their ships, a trend that continues to this very day.
Originally, a ship cat served the same purpose that led to their self-domestication in the first place: pest control. Ironically, this meant that ships with cats on them were less likely to suffer the plague carried to ports through the fleas on rats by ships without cats.
However, cats also provide the benefit of companionship to sailors when at sea for extended periods. Cats even served on warships during WWII.
Puss and BootstrapsGenerally, when you think of working animals, the first few that readily come to mind are the horse, dog, and the list begins to peter out after that. Given their propensity for napping all day and a general public perception of laziness, the last animal you might think of are cats.
However, cats are hard at work changing that image-- even though, as we covered, that is the reason we ended up keeping them as pets in the first place. Cats hold numerous positions from expected ones like “Chief Mouser” to less expected jobs like librarians, train station managers, and even mayor.
Totally MemeableIt’s long been a joke that the internet is little more than cats and…*ahem*, “adult content.” While we can neither confirm nor deny that latter claim, cat content drove up to 15% of all internet traffic in 2015, according to Bloomberg News.
While dogs may have a better reputation in traditional media (and even in public opinion), they fall far behind cats in social media fame. For every Doge, there are half a dozen Nyan Cats, Grumpy Cats, and now Smudges.
How many internet celebrity dogs do you know the name of? And cats? ‘Nuff said.
ConclusionCats are some of the most interesting animals we have the pleasure to know, and now thanks to these X fun facts about cats, you know a little bit more. Whether it’s their biology, how they interact with people, or how they’ve taken our culture by storm, cats continue to fascinate.
What interesting facts about cats that you know did we leave off our list? We’d love to hear more about these fuzzy felines in the comments below.
(P.S. Fun bonus fact: a group of cats is called a glaring which makes perfect sense if you ever stumble upon one)
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