Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 1, 2023 by Crystal Uys


This post is sponsored by the Felix Katnip Tree Company

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.


*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.

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12 Comments on Review: Felix Katnip Tree Company Scratching Beam

  1. Hi, we have a 4 month old kitten. I am trying to decide if we should go with a vertical or horizontal beam…Also, I’m inclined to get the Tall one instead of a kitten version, our cat is a Russian Blue and seems quite long already- she is already jumping very high. Any advice?

    • I would definitely get the tall one, Heather. Vertical vs. horizontal really depends on your kitten’s scratching preferences. I bet if she had her say, she’d say both! 🙂

      • Thank you. There are so many options and I’ve wasted $ on little ones that are useless…after doing some research, I realize we need sisal, etc. Really appreciate your site!

  2. I’m glad Allegra and Ruby are enjoying the new post so much. Carmine is a horizontal scratcher and would love this, I’m sure.

  3. interesting. This product also looks like it could be stood upright if your kitties don’t cotton to a vertical scratcher, is that the case?

    • I tried it upright, but it’s not quite stable enough for that. It might work as a vertical scratcher if you set it in a corner.

  4. I have used Felix cat scratchers for probably 30 years – they are indestructible. I recently gave a spare to a friend with a new kitty and it must have been 20 years old and looked brand new. Excellent products.

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