How to Pick the Right Scratching Post for Your Cat

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Scratching posts are one of the most important pieces of cat furniture, and every cat household should have at least one in every room. In addition to providing a natural outlet for your cat’s need to scratch, they can also prevent a variety of behavioral problems.

Scratching is a natural behavior for cats. Cats scratch to groom their claws, the scratching motion helps remove dead sheaths from their front claws (they usually chew them off their back claws). They scratch to mark their territory. Their front paws contain scent glands, and scratching leaves behind their unique signature on the object being scratched. They scratch for exercise; scratching stretches the muscles in the front legs and all along the back. And they scratch simply because it feels good.

In a recent article for, I provided advice on how to pick the purr-fect scratching post for your cat. Click here to read the full article.

The post shown above is one of our favorites. I have this in my office, and both Allegra and Ruby use it all the time. It’s available from Amazon* with free shipping for Prime members.

Think twice before replacing an old scratching post!

Once your cat uses a cat post, think twice before replacing it when it becomes worn. A tattered cat post may not look attractive to you, but to your cat, it will feel “just right.”

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5 Comments on How to Pick the Right Scratching Post for Your Cat

  1. Becky
    July 31, 2015 at 11:56 am (2 years ago)

    I have 2 of the one pictured, my 3 cats love it. I bought one from a person locally who said her cat wouldn’t touch it though.

  2. Cheri Collins
    July 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Ah, but some cats prefer a horizontal scratching surface. One of my cats only uses a horizontal surface, and loves his Scratch Lounge. When he’s happy, the first thing he does is run to have a super enthusiastic scratching session on it. And sometimes he sleeps in it. I’ve had one of these very nice vertical poles available to my cats for a few years — he’s never used it.

    • Ingrid
      July 31, 2015 at 6:19 am (2 years ago)

      You’re absolutely right, Cheri – some cats prefer horizontal surfaces. My girls like both, but the vertical ones get more use.

  3. Jackie
    July 30, 2015 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

    Great article and because Allegra and Ruby like the post in your article, I am ordering it today for my girls..oh and by the way..I have 3 torties and a tabby:)

  4. Janine
    July 30, 2015 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

    This is interesting. it also answers the question why one of my cats never touched the pole again when we replaced the rope on her after it got worse out.


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