Using Scratchers to Enrich Your Cat’s Life

Cats are fascinating animals with a long list of traits and the more we understand them, the better we can enrich their lives. They’re independent, frisky, mischievous, incredibly smart, mysterious, devious, elegant, wonderful and of course adorable, among many other things.

I grew up with cats and I’ve also rescued many along the way. Needless to say I have A LOT of experience taking care of them. I’ve definitely made mistakes along the way but I’ve also learned so much about taking care of cats and how to enrich their lives. Scratching posts are one of the things I recommend often to people with cats.

Cats need to scratch. It’s natural and instinctual, and the best thing you can do is give them proper surfaces to scratch. Otherwise, they’ll scratch your furniture and other unwanted surfaces.

“Cats need to scratch. It’s natural and instinctual and the best thing you can do is give them proper surfaces to scratch.”

Cats scratch for a variety of reasons including to stretch their body, to sharpen and clean their claws by removing the dead outer layer, to reduce stress and to mark their territory. This is completely natural, necessary and healthy for cats. 

These are the top scratchers I recommend the most and I’ve included links to my favorite ones.

Scratching Post

SmartCat Pioneer Pet Ultimate Scratching Post

This is by far the best scratching post I have ever used, and I’ve tried a lot! It’s really tall which allows your cat to stretch up fully, and it’s got a very sturdy base so it doesn’t tip or wobble when it’s being used. It’s got durable sisal which encourages scratching and it lasts a long time. I have three of these for our eight rescue cats and they get used a lot! 

 

Scratching Lounge & Ottoman

PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge and Corrugate Cat Scratch Ottoman

 

 

 

 

 

 

My cats absolutely LOVE both of these scratchers and I highly recommend them. The cat scratch lounge on the left is made of recycled cardboard and non-toxic corn starch glue so it’s eco-friendly. It’s also very attractive looking and lasts a long time – even with eight cats using it! It’s also quite large so they not only scratch it but also nap on it. I have two of these in the house and they are heavily used. The cat scratch ottoman on the right is also a favorite.

“Cats scratch for a variety of reasons including to stretch their body, to sharpen and clean their claws by removing the dead outer layer, to reduce stress and to mark their territory.”

Self-Groomer Scratching Post

Hamish Purrfect Brush Scratching Post

Some of my cats love to use this self grooming brush. I’ve also tried several of these and many of them don’t work well because the bristle arch doesn’t stay on the base so it’s useless. This one is very well made and the bristle arch is very well secured to the base.

Of course there are several options out there and believe me I’ve tried a lot of them! However these are by far our favorites. The cats definitely give these scratchers a paws up!

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Mindy Falzarano

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