When it comes to scratching posts, bigger is usually better. The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post is the tallest and sturdiest post we’ve come across, and Allegra and Ruby love it.
Cats scratch for a variety of reasons: they 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.
We have this post in my office, and the girls use it every single day. The video below was taken when we first got the post. Ruby still sometimes climbs it like a little monkey.
The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post is available from Amazon* for $41.99, with free shipping for Prime members.
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