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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. And now it’s available in a gorgeous grey color!

Cats scratch for a variety of reasons: they scratch to groom their claws, and 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.

SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post features

  • 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.
  • Easy assembly with two dowels and two screws (included.)

We have had this post in the original beige color in my office for years. The girls use it every single day, and it’s still in great shape.

New grey color option

I was excited when I saw the new color, because even though I like the look of the original post, the grey couldn’t be a more purrfect fit for my office. My desk is white with silver hardware, and my chair is grey. And of course, the girls’ favorite Jackson Galaxy Donut beds are grey.


Allegra and Ruby approve

I was a little hesitant about swapping out the scratchers. Scratchers serve as territory markers, and the girls had certainly broken ours in over the last few years and marked it as theirs. I shouldn’t have worried. Within seconds of my putting it up, both girls checked it out, and scratched on it.

cats-scratching post

I moved the beige post to our living room, and it, too, is still being used every day.

The grey SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post is available from Petco and Pioneer Pet. The beige post is available from Pioneer Pet and Amazon.

*The Conscious Cat is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves. The Conscious Cat is an affiliate partner of Petco. I received this scratching post from the manufacturer. Receiving the complimentary product did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest opinion.

8 Comments on SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post Now Available in Grey

  1. This post was recommended years ago by someone else, a writer whose name you would recognize. I had two cats living with me at the time, and bought one of these. I also had two neighbors’ cats visiting regularly. None of them were the least bit interested in this post and never used it. Catnip, toys, nothing made it more interesting. Those first two cats are gone now. I’ve rescued a couple more. Nobody ever liked this post! They have all preferred cardboard. I gave away the post.

    • Just goes to show that there’s no one size fits all solution when it comes to cats! It’s why I always recommend lots of different scratchers until you know your cat’s preference: a mix of different substrates and orientations.

  2. There they are the two most beautiful, famous girls in the world, Allegra and Ruby. Yes, it really is Ruby and Allegra in action showing the world their new gray scratching post. And of course it matches their two donut beds. I’m thinking Ingrid, maybe you should get another gray scratching post. Then the girls will each have their own matching sets and then you can put their names on them. I’m just kidding! I had the beige one and it became so worn it went to the garbage can, but I do love the color gray and I love this particular scratching post.

  3. My sweet fur baby died 3 days ago, suddenly and unexpectedly. You have done articles in the past about grieving. Could you provide a link to past articles? Suffering with this loss is something that membership in our community happens each week/day and I would love to have that resource available.

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