SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post: A Paws Down Favorite at Our House


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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11 Comments on SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post: A Paws Down Favorite at Our House

  1. Leon
    December 20, 2018 at 6:44 am (2 years ago)

    Don’t we love cats? 🙂
    My little grey kitten has destroyed my couch, she loves to attack it every few hours and go hard on it. I did try several scratching posts but for some reason my little devil prefers the couch.
    Anyway, I will keep search for the best cat scratching posts and when I found one I will buy a new couch 🙂
    Thanks for the review………will give it a try.

  2. Colleen
    September 27, 2018 at 11:41 am (2 years ago)

    We had gone through several scratching posts/lounges, but Maestro bypassed them all in favor of carpet and furniture. Dousing posts with catnip didn’t add to their appeal.
    When The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post arrived, Maestro was unimpressed. We went through the same motions with catnip. Finally, I put kitty treats on top of the post. To reach the treats, Maestro had to climb the post—which he did. Hurray! He’s been using the post ever since. It’s too late for my carpet, but the furniture is mostly spared. We, Maestro and I, are very happy we have The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post.

  3. Ann
    October 1, 2015 at 8:44 pm (5 years ago)

    I first bought one of these at least 10 years ago, and it was ultimately clawed to shreds. I kept thinking that I could replace the sisal, or whatever the original material was, but haven’t found a match. Can you believe it was put on a moving truck ripped down to the bare wood? They loved it, so I’ll just spring for a new one at Amazon

  4. The Island Cats
    September 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm (5 years ago)

    This is by far our favorite scratching post. We have 2 of them!

  5. Maria
    September 29, 2015 at 11:52 am (5 years ago)

    I have two of these scratching posts. My furbabies love them – – they can stretch and scratch at the same time.

  6. Janine
    September 29, 2015 at 7:34 am (5 years ago)

    I could see my kids really loving this pole. It’s about time for a new one too. Thanks for the recommendation

  7. Joyce
    September 29, 2015 at 2:02 am (5 years ago)

    I have this in my AZ & CA homes. All 4 kids use it and love it. It’s sturdy, never tips over and my kids are big kids. 3 Norwegian Forest Cats, and one very tall boy – (picture a Sokoke Forest Cat) I’ve even seen a little pillow topper for it if your baby may want to jump up on top. I like mine, so do my kids, and I’ve even given one as a gift!

    • Ingrid
      September 29, 2015 at 5:41 am (5 years ago)

      I’ve seen that pillow topper, Joyce, and it looks so cute! Even though Ruby climbs the scratcher, she’s never shown any interest in actually staying on top, so I’ve held off on getting that.

      • Joyce
        September 29, 2015 at 9:51 am (5 years ago)

        I agree. Only one of my kids ever parks on top of a small space like that & that’s Charlie. There’s a short (3ft) ornamental wall in the entryway where he’ll jump up onto the and lay on the marble ledge like the King he knows he is. But even that throne is a bit larger than the one on the scratcher. Personally I think the scratcher is pretty nice looking as is. The pillow would probably just be another place to harbor more loose hair … and I’m not lacking in that dept in any way! I’ll most likely skip the accessory. I’m pretty set as far as the tower, tree and climbing cat furniture. We’re good in the catification department, I’d say. And yet … my kids seem to favor amazon shipping boxes & the reusable shopping bags I buy for groceries. Just like toddlers at Christmas, they’d rather play with the wrappings than the toys!!

        • Ingrid
          September 29, 2015 at 4:15 pm (5 years ago)

          It sounds like you’re well-catified, Joyce! And you are so right about boxes and bags!

  8. Kelley
    September 29, 2015 at 1:23 am (5 years ago)

    I got one of these, and at first they liked it ok. Then I got a new cat tree for them from Wayfair and they use that for scratching even though most of it is carpet and not sisal. I wonder if when I get the next new thing they will abandon the cat tree. There are a couple more scratchers I’d like to try. As long as they are getting their scratching needs met that is good.


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