When MyThreeCats.com 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 MyThreeCats.com. 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 MyThreeCats.com. 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.