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.
The problem comes in when this natural behavior collides with our living space. While some cat guardians have resigned themselves to living with scratched furniture, sometimes “sacrficing” one piece to the cats, there are other ways to protect your furniture, and still let your cat be a cat.
Enter the Furniture Protector Cat Scratchers by Kool Kitty Toys. These patent-pending scratchers are cleverly designed to protect furniture. The scratcher slides under the leg of a chair, couch, table, or other piece of furniture and turns the corner of the piece into a scratching post.
The scratchers come in two versions: sisal and carpet, to cater to your cat’s preference or to offer a variety of scratching surfaces, which is always a good idea. I placed the scratchers near a rocking chair for getting photos for this review, and I didn’t slide it all the way up to the chair so it could still move, but as you can see from the photo above, the carpet version is designed to completely cover the edge of a sofa or chair. There will be a slight gap with the sisal version.
This sisal version features a removable lid which lets you add fresh catnip into the cylinder. Kool Kitty Toys uses unique catnip filter packs. And as an added bonus, the lid doubles as a beverage holder.
Allegra and Ruby both loved the scratchers, with a slight preference for the sisal version, which is what I expected. Neither of them particularly likes to scratch on carpet.
At 29 inches high with a 4 diameter post, these scratchers are solid. I also love that they’re tall enough so cats can get a really good stretch. Between the heavy weight (they weigh in at 10 pounds) and the fact that they’re anchored under a piece of furniture, even large cats won’t be able to topple them.
You can choose from a variety of materials and colors, and Kool Kitty Toys will even customize the scratchers.
For more information and to purchase, please visit http://www.KoolKittyToys.com. Kool Kitty toys donates a portion of all sales to several pet rescue and anti-declawing organizations.
FTC Disclosure: I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.