Review: SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post from MyThreeCats.Com


When asked whether we’d like to review the SmartCat Ultiate Scratching Post, I jumped at the chance. Allegra and Ruby love sisal scratchers, and I was impressed with the description of this particular scratching post:

  • 32″ height allows cats to stretch fully and tone muscles –  I think this is very important for cats.  Most scratching posts are not tall enough to allow for a true stretch.
  • Sturdy 16″ by 16″ base eliminates tipping and wobbling. Too many scratching posts tip over much too easily.
  • Superior to carpeted posts that may snag nails. While I think which type of scratching surface a cat prefers is mostly a case of preference, I do occasionally find carpet fibers snagged in the girls’ nails, especially when we’re getting close to nail trim time.
  • Assembles with two included screws. Even though the word “assemble” makes me twitchy, I figured even I could handle two screws!

Let’s see how the post fared with my two eager product testers.


Allegra barely let me get it out of the box before she inspected it. She was clearly trying to hurry assembly along.

Ruby was the first to test the post once it was vertical. My little monkey kitten thought it made a great climbing pole, too! I have yet to see her figure out how to climb all the way to the top, but for all I know, she’s done it when I’m not watching.

Both girls were fascinated as I tried the post in different locations to see where we would keep it. It ultimately wound up in the kitty playroom  (aka unused family room) downstairs.


I like everything about this scratcher. It was easy to put together, and it’s extremely sturdy. My two girls are lightweights, but I think even a large cat, running at the post at full tilt, couldn’t knock it over. It’s pleasing to the eye, and the sisal seems to be tightly attached and nice and thick.

At $74.95, this is not an inexpensive scratcher, but this is truly a case of you get what you pay for. I would bet that this scratcher would quickly become a favorite for your kitties, and it should last for many years. Highly recommended by me, and four paws up from Allegra and Ruby!

For more information about the Ultimate Scratching Post, and to purchase, please visit And while you’re there, check out the many other fun cat products they offer!

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge from I also received a small fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion.

23 Comments on Review: SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post from MyThreeCats.Com

  1. Rose
    November 11, 2016 at 2:40 am (4 years ago)

    I have had this post for my three cats since 2012 and we love it. When I purchased it I believe that one of the selling points for me was that one would be able to flip it over once the top section was scratched up. I no longer have the box it came in and trying to get info on their now non-existant site is not helping-do you happen to know how to remove the screws on the “top side” to flip the scratching post and adding the base to the other side?

  2. natalie nate
    July 30, 2013 at 9:25 am (7 years ago)

    This is something unique, most of the scratching post I’ve seen is not as tall as this. I wonder how tall is this?

    • Ingrid
      July 30, 2013 at 9:45 am (7 years ago)

      Click through on the link for the dimensions, Natalie.

  3. The Island Cats
    June 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm (7 years ago)

    We have two of these scratchers and we love them! One we’ve had for a couple of years and it has held up pretty well.

  4. Michelle S
    June 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm (7 years ago)

    I wonder how long this post would last. I have one that has worked really well, but I’ve already had to replace the sisal on it at least 3 times, and it’s in the garage waiting for a 4th overhaul.

    • Ingrid
      June 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm (7 years ago)

      From what Gail said in the comment above, it holds up really well. It sure looks like it would last a long time, even with heavy use.

    • DeDe Tyler
      December 18, 2015 at 12:49 am (5 years ago)

      Just curious where you found the sisal.

    • Jill
      April 22, 2016 at 9:06 am (5 years ago)

      I have this, 2 cats. It has held up well to much use. They have worn through the fabric on it over the past year. We’ve had it for almost 4 years

  5. Sue Brandes
    June 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks for the review. I always wondered how these type of scratchers held up and also if they were easy to tip. Looks really nice.

  6. Susan S.
    June 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm (7 years ago)

    I own it and my cats ignore it with the same purpose with which they are systematically destroying my new couch. I have massaged it with “nip,” rubbed it a bit with tuna “juice, : scratched at it myself and draped myself over it, sobbing. They do not care. They want to kill the couch.

    • Ingrid
      June 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm (7 years ago)

      LOL Susan! Maybe lie the scratcher across the couch? 🙂

  7. Long Life Cats and Dogs
    June 18, 2013 at 11:15 am (7 years ago)

    You’re so right. Every scratching post I’ve seen is just not quite tall enough. This one looks wonderful.

  8. dwolvin
    June 18, 2013 at 10:58 am (7 years ago)

    Thirder on the quality- I am on my second now, but the first lasted six years with multiple strong street cats tearing into it. I have not tried the pillow top, but one of the new cats climbs it and stands on top demanding love…

    • Gail W.
      June 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm (7 years ago)

      I tried the pillow top. Neither of my cats liked it and the used the scratcher less with it on top.

  9. Gail W.
    June 18, 2013 at 8:49 am (7 years ago)

    I have had this scratching post for 4 years. My 2 kitties use it daily and it shows only minimal wear. It has been a great investment!

  10. Carolyn
    June 18, 2013 at 8:44 am (7 years ago)

    Dear Caren,

    Thanks for your comments! If you’d like to sign up to receive our periodic discount offers and new product information, please go to and sign up on our home page.

    Happy Shopping!

  11. Caren Gittleman
    June 18, 2013 at 8:04 am (7 years ago)

    Looks like a good one!!! It’s a shame they didn’t offer your readers a discount though….

  12. Ronnie
    June 18, 2013 at 6:06 am (7 years ago)

    Agreed, this scratcher fills-the-bill. My kitty will not use any of the scratchers I buy. This one is large enough to resemble furniture. Not tip over as all I have do! Good corners…my kitty loves the edges 🙁 Buy this 1 superior one & it equals the price of 2-3 cheap, ineffective, only-taking-up-space ones. Thank you Ingrid for this review.

    • Ingrid
      June 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm (7 years ago)

      I agree, Ronnie. A good scratcher is worth its price.

  13. krystal price
    June 18, 2013 at 6:02 am (7 years ago)

    I have their sisal scratching board. My cats love it and with 3 cats has lasted 3 years! Great products from smart cat!

  14. Niki
    June 18, 2013 at 5:53 am (7 years ago)

    I agree this looks good but I have quite a small house and would find it hard to put this somewhere, I solved my cat scratch issue by buying an inexpensive sisal mat, fairly large and attaching to a corner wall with screws and large flat washers to hold it flat, it works brilliantly and takes up no space at all, the cats all love it. obviously this is a corner that juts outwards rather than an inner corner, but I bet most houses have a bit of wall suitable !

    • Ronnie
      June 18, 2013 at 6:11 am (7 years ago)

      Niki, Thank you for your suggestion to using sisal mats. Great idea! I will do. Now why didn’t I think of that as my kitty loves the sisal rug on the deck!


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