Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 30, 2023 by Crystal Uys


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 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.

As far as I’m concerned, you can’t have too many scratchers in your home, which is why I was delighted that the Felix Katnip Tree Company sent us their newest product, the Scratching Beam, for review.


The Felix Katnip Tree Company has been handcrafting sisal scratching posts for over 70 years. The Scratching Beam is made in the USA from real wood, natural hemp sisal, certified organic catnip, and birch end pieces. The design is a fantastic choice for horizontal scratchers.

I had barely taken the Scratching Beam out of the box when Allegra jumped on it and demonstrated proper scratching technique:

Ruby, on the other hand, decided that the Scratching Beam made an excellent jungle gym:

I love everything about this scratcher. It is incredibly well made, and very very sturdy. Ruby jumps all over it, drags herself along the bottom of it, and runs at it full tilt, and it barely even moves. The girls have always loved vertical sisal scratchers, but we’ve never had a horizontal one, so I think this is going to get a lot of use. In addition to being extremely well made and functional, this scratcher is also a beautiful piece that you won’t want to hide away in a corner.


For more information about the Scratching Beam, the Felix Katnip Tree Company’s other products, and to purchase, please visit their website.



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