10 best scratching posts for cats

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

All cats sharpen their claws – this is how they groom themselves and mark their territory. It is impossible to wean from this instinctive action, so the scratching post is included in the list of must-have purchases for a kitten, along with a bowl for food and a tray. The pet products market offers cat owners a huge assortment of scratching posts, in the variety of which you can get lost. Our rating, compiled taking into account owner reviews and expert recommendations, will help you make the right choice.

How to choose a scratching post

In order not to waste money, when choosing this accessory, you need to focus on the age, character and habits of your cat. If the pet does not like to hide and explore everything around, the multi-storey complex is unlikely to interest him.

  1. Material. The scratching post should be made from natural and sustainable materials. The cheapest option is cardboard, but it is extremely short-lived. The most popular are jute and sisal. Jute is softer to the touch and cheaper, it is suitable for kittens or those pets that do not sharpen their claws too actively. Sisal is a coarser, but durable material, so if the cat is an adult, large, accustomed to using a scratching post, and also if there are several pets, then it is better to choose it.
  2. Location. The type of scratching post is selected depending on where your pet is already used to sharpening its claws. If he peels off the legs of furniture, a post-scratching post will do, if floor coverings, choose a scratching post in the form of a rug or a wave, and if your pet likes to scratch the wallpaper, then a wall or corner scratching post will be the best option.
  3. The form. Scratching posts come in a wide variety of shapes, from ordinary rugs to complex town complexes. The more active and curious your pet is, the sooner he will like the large complex. If the cat prefers to sleep all day or likes to hide, it may be worth getting a scratching post with a house. It is also not recommended to buy play complexes for a small kitten, because the pet will not necessarily be energetic and active when it grows up. At first, it is better to do with a simpler option – a column or a rug.
  4. The size of the scratching post should not only suit the owners, but also suit the cat. The bar should not be too low, since during its use the cat will stretch its entire length. Houses and shelters should be spacious enough, especially if the cat is large.
  5. Stability. The scratching post should be well attached to the wall or stand firmly on the floor so that the cat does not knock it over and hurt.

Rating of the best claws

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best inexpensive wall-mounted scratching posts 1 My Beast “Gulo. M-4” 259 r
2 Sissy jute with catnip (68 x 15 x 4) 484 RUB
3 Homecat – corner 65 x 25 cm 226 r
The best scratching posts 1 Veles “Flowers” RUB 2 078
2 Sisal coziness, with two toys – 38 x 38 x 58 cm RUB 1,499
3 MrPet – Colored ball post 30 x 46 cm RUB 1,980
The best scratching posts-play complexes 1 I.P.T.S. Bruno (Barrel) 8 420 RUB
2 Fauna camilla RUB 7 390
3 ZooMark – Murka RUB 4,489
4 Zoonik – 82 x 43 x 118 cm RUB 5,290

Best inexpensive wall-mounted scratching posts

Wall-mounted scratching posts are a budget and convenient option that will suit almost any pet. They do not take up space, which is important in small apartments, but they still perform their functions perfectly. All scratching posts in this section of the rating are distinguished by affordable prices.

My Beast “Gulo. M-4”

Rating: 4.9

My beast

Everything ingenious is simple – and this scratching post, which opens the rating, is a medium-sized chipboard plate covered with carpet and faux fur. No frills and maximum functionality – ideal for not too picky cats, especially if they have not dealt with a scratching post before. The size and shape of the product is convenient for both adults and very small animals, and the attractive recharge will make the process of training a cat to a scratching post quick and easy.

Advantages

  • versatility;

  • nice laconic design;

  • durable mount;

  • attractive impregnation;

disadvantages

  • not found;

Sissy jute with catnip (68 x 15 x 4)

Rating: 4.8

Sissy

“Sissy” is a simple and versatile solution to the problem of peeled wallpaper. The scratching post is made of chipboard and covered with a durable fabric. In this case, the material for turning claws is jute, a natural plant fiber with an acceptable service life. Jute is pleasant to the touch and like cats, and if your pet is finicky and does not trust new things, impregnation with catnip will help to attract his attention. A good option for both a kitten and a cat who is used to sharpening claws in a special place.

Advantages

  • versatility;

  • strength;

  • the presence of impregnation;

disadvantages

  • weak cord tension;

Homecat – corner 65 x 25 cm

Rating: 4.7

Homecat

Due to its size, this scratching post reliably covers the corner chosen by the pet. The basis is chipboard, and the work surface is covered with durable carpet. This material does not puff, does not fluff and retains a decent look for a long time, without getting out of the interior of the room. The scratching post is equipped with fasteners at the top and bottom, so it will not dangle on the wall. According to customer reviews, this model immediately attracts the attention of pets and they like it much more than ordinary corners. And the most fastidious cats will be attracted by the included catnip.

Advantages

  • overall dimensions;

  • durability;

  • a bag of catnip is included;

disadvantages

  • not suitable for small angles;

The best scratching posts

The post is the most recognizable type of scratching post. With him, the cat not only takes care of the claws, but also does a kind of “exercise”, stretching out on its hind legs. Portability, a variety of designs and toys that manufacturers often equip their products with make the post one of the most popular scratching post options.

Veles “Flowers”

Rating: 4.9

Veles Flowers

All scratching posts fail over time, so cat owners have to regularly buy new ones, but this model allows you to forget about this problem for a long time. “Flowers” are three columns in one complex, differing from each other in height. This approach allows you to buy a scratching post once and not change it as the kitten grows. Also “Flowers” can be an economical solution for the owner of several cats.

The posts are covered with jute fiber and equipped with flower pads that will definitely appeal to active pets. And the owners will appreciate the cute design that easily fits into the interior.

Advantages

  • nice design;

  • durability;

  • suitable for adult cats and kittens;

  • convenient if there are several cats;

disadvantages

  • not found;

Sisal coziness, with two toys – 38 x 38 x 58 cm

Rating: 4.8

Sisal coziness

The stylish red and white scratching post will not only be a salvation from spoiled sofas, but also decorate the atmosphere with its bright design with a charming pattern. Cats will definitely appreciate both the optimal height, even for large pets, and the durable natural material – sisal, famous for its durability. With this product, your cat will not get bored in the absence of owners and will not get fat from a lazy life, because a pair of hanging balls is also attached to the scratching post, which pets really like to play with. And all this – at a very affordable price.

Advantages

  • sustainability;

  • long service life;

  • equipped with toys;

  • interesting design;

disadvantages

  • toys can come off;

MrPet – Colored ball post 30 x 46 cm

Rating: 4.7

MrPet - Colored ball post 30 x 46 cm

We give the third place in the rating to the models with the best price-quality ratio. This scratching post is a fairly budgetary option and is not very versatile: for an adult cat it is rather small, but it will be just right for training a kitten. The material of the scratching post is also available for the purchase of this product for a kitten – jute fiber, which covers both the post itself and the toy attached to it, so that your pet can sharpen its claws even while playing. The scratching post is compact and lightweight – it is easy to carry around the apartment, but an adult pet will most likely knock it over during the game.

Advantages

  • small price;

  • unobtrusive design;

  • reliable material;

disadvantages

  • not suitable for large cats;

The best scratching posts-play complexes

The play complex is able to satisfy much more of the needs of the cat than simple care of the claws. It is a house, an exercise area, a hide-and-seek place, and a sentry post. An active and curious pet will definitely appreciate the models presented in the rating.

I.P.T.S. Bruno

Rating: 4.9

I.P.T.S. Bruno

The winner of the rating is a multifunctional model, but at the same time relatively compact. You can put the barrel house anywhere without fear that it will fall from the cat's jump: one of the significant advantages of the product is its stability. A pair of spacious shelters, an unobtrusive toy, and a generous surface for sharpening claws are a simple yet effective recipe for a cozy home that will serve your pet for years to come. The house is made of quality materials – chipboard, plush and sisal – and its durability is confirmed by customer reviews.

Advantages

  • quality and durability;

  • spacious couches;

  • stable construction;

disadvantages

  • high cost;

Fauna camilla

Rating: 4.8

Fauna camilla

If the name “cozy home” is more applicable to the winner of the rating, then this model is a real playground. At the disposal of your cat are four scratching posts, a spacious closed dwelling, a “play area” with a hanging toy, as well as two “observation posts”, one of which is quite suitable for sleeping. The structure is made of fiberboard and trimmed with faux fur and fabric. The material for the scratching posts has been the aforementioned sisal, a strong and natural plant fiber.

Advantages

  • multifunctionality;

  • fits well into the interior;

  • high-quality assembly;

  • sustainability;

disadvantages

  • not found;

ZooMark – Murka

Rating: 4.7

ZooMark - Murka

In the complex “Murka” every cat will find something interesting for himself. You can sharpen claws both on jute posts and on a carpeted area, and there are three places for sleeping at once: a classic house, a soft hammock and a “nest” on the third tier, the walls of which can be raised or lowered at will. A ball toy will be a bonus to this variety, and the owners will appreciate the opportunity to choose the color of the complex from a fairly wide range. The model is made of wood and covered with faux fur. According to buyers and our experts, this complex is an ideal example of good quality for a fair price.

Advantages

  • affordable price;

  • variety of colors;

  • multifunctionality;

  • stable base;

disadvantages

  • does not understand;

  • no upholstery inside the house;

  • in the early days, there may be a smell of new furniture;

Zoonik – 82 x 43 x 118 cm

Rating: 4.6

Zoonik

The main advantages of this product are cost and size. The complex is high, it is easy enough to place it in an apartment, at the same time there is enough space on it even for a large cat. The pet is provided with three tiers and a sleeping house, trimmed with velor from the inside and outside. Scratching posts-posts, present in the amount of two pieces, are covered with sisal, and one of them is equipped with a hanging toy. According to customer reviews, the product has an average durability, which is quite consistent with its price.

Advantages

  • spacious;

  • affordable price;

disadvantages

  • the fur at the bottom of the house sheds;

  • there are often production defects;


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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