There are plethora of options of Cat Scratchers on the market that range from scratchers that are collapsible and perfect for travel and premium-grade quality cardboard cat scratchers made of a thicker grade of corrugate and that are designed to last longer and larger cat scratching posts that double as a cat house that look like miniature tree houses often referred to as Cat Trees. There are even Jute and Sisal Cat carpet cat scratchers that are also great for traveling that hang on door knobs and double as cat loungers or cat beds. So let’s go through this journey together to go through what works best for you and your feline friend.
Buying the right Cat Scratching device is imperative as they prevent scratching on other surfaces in and around your home such as walls, furniture whether wood or couches and keep your environment nice and tidy. No one wants to walk into their home to find out their Sheetrock or Drywall has marks on them and our first instinct might be to blame our children but quite often your furry little feline pal may be the culprit so it’s best to always be as cautious as possible. Well groomed and cleaned paws make playing with your cat more enjoyable especially around children and help decrease the amount of visits to your vet since cats are sometimes harder to nail groom with cat clippers than dogs.
Premium Cardboard Cat Scratchers:
Let’s start with Premium Cat Scratchers and go down the list. These are premium for a reason while they’re pricier than others there’s a reason for that. First and foremost, scratchers that are premium grade simply last a whole lot longer due to the fact that the cardboard used is not only thicker and more durable but they have way more rivets and crevice intervals that smooth out their claws a whole lot better. They’re typically heavier in weight and larger in size but make no mistake they’re definitely better.
These Scratchers are sometimes constructed with a plexi-glass looking material on the sides that adds to its durability that’s covered with a fun and stylish print sticker. They’re available in all shapes and sizes and some even look more modern than others and even provide multiple cat lounging areas and better compliment your home or work office space. Take a look at our Pet Life Purresque Cat Scratcher for instance as you can tell it features a decked out sophisticated yet modern design with multiple lounging areas that cats love. We advise sprinkling in some catnip in and around your scratcher to help entice paws that are nice and groomed. The better the quality the smoother their claws and nails will become in shorter periods of time.
Premium scratchers are almost always made with Non-Toxic glue and composed of recyclable cardboard or corrugate that is also made of Corn starch, so they last longer.
Basic Cat Scratchers:
Cat Scratchers that are basic grade are lighter in weight than say a premium scratcher but they’re more affordable, these use a cardboard with a lesser corrugate count which means lesser scratching rivet intervals but sure to save a hefty buck or 2.
These scratchers are generally smaller and size however they’re more versatile and some provide other fun and playful games at the ends such as a built-in ball teaser of lounging pads of some sort. They’re better for those pet travelers in need of something to help decrease their claw sizes and do the trick to satisfy their clawing urges. Often times many will come with a bag of catnip inside great for sprinkling in and around to entice their natural urges.
Since these are lightweight, they’re typically flatter than those that are of premium grade and double as a cat mat or lounger for them to rest on however they aren’t layered of provide too many above-top areas for them to hide and lounge in otherwise they’d fall or collapse with weight.
Collapsible Cat Scratchers:
These are the perfect scratchers for those on-the-go they pop open like an origami and some even have inner lounge areas for cats to walk inside as a temporary home and they’re light enough that cats can even play with them or toss and bump them around. They’re great as they build activity through their unique designs and shapes.
The great thing about these is that they fold, and you can take or transport these just about anywhere.
Carpet Cat Scratchers:
This type of cat scratcher doesn’t use corrugate or cardboard rather an All-Natural Jute and Sisal material that is extremely durable and easily washed with a cloth. They’re very flat in design making it very versatile and they’re lightweight and do the trick when it comes to fulfilling your cats urge to scratch. Like the name itself they lay flat and are as light as a piece of carpet. The fabric itself provides nice and wavy rivet intervals that help smoothen claws and many of them features a jute rope that hangs on any and all doorknobs so cats can sort of stand and get up while they’re scratching as they love to do.
Carpet scratchers double as cat mats since they’re often times plush and they feature stitched in mirrors and cat ropes and toys or even additional ropes, bells and even built-in teasers so he or she is always entertained and some even feature a separate lounging area do the floor coverage space. They’re also very affordable and highly popular among cat owners. While they aren’t as effective as your run-of-the-mill basic scratcher or your quality carboard cat scratcher they have that main benefit making them better for a more comfortable lounging with added play devices. We recommend owning one or a few of these alongside a corrugate cat scratcher.
These are also known as Cat Scratching Posts, they’re the most durable type of scratchers on the market time and time again and they’re a timeless piece that not only provides their urge to scratch with the claws and paws but they help establish their living spaces which is very important.
They often resemble a miniature Tree House in your backyard. They’re heavy but they’re built-to last and they provide multiple lounging areas and peak holes that can withstand higher degrees of weight. Cat Trees are available in thousands of styles depending upon your living space requirements and room available they come in sizes that are perfect for owners with multiple cats and are great when interacting with other cats and kittens and offer cozy resting areas so they can nap easily. Some look like swing sets with attachable roped toys built-in and some are more subtle and take up less space and are simple in design with singular cat scratching poles.
Whatever you’re looking for it’s always a great idea to get a feel for how your cat interacts at home but make no mistake they’re a great investment and they keep cats away from tearing into your house furniture and couches as they become more comfortable with their own living space. They’re also great for cat owners that don’t have the schedule to constantly entertain their cats at home or at work as they become more accustomed to their own homes.
Cats love to hide all the time and a large enough scratching post allows them to climb up and out in all crevices and areas with rooms to pop their furry little heads. It’s always a wise investment.