Before You Buy Your Cat a Scratching Post - The Spruce
My friend said she wants to buy a scratching post for her cat, and I said "I can do it for you, you don't need to buy."
When shopping for cat trees, study the design of the cat tree to determine if it will be sturdy enough for your cat. Sadly, some scratching posts are made with looks as their primary feature, with little consideration for sturdiness and stability. You need to be sure any scratching post you buy won’t wobble or tip over when your cat uses it. Cats often scratch vigorously (which is a good thing!) and if they get spooked by a post that falls over, they may not continue to use it. A wobbly post also prevents them from scratching with gusto. Wedging the base of a scratching post underneath a couch or chair can prevent it from tipping over, but it’s better to get one that offers more stability.
Put the scratching post or climbing tree in a sunny location and encourage your cat to explore it with a sprinkling of catnip leaves or a spray of catnip oil. I highly recommend getting some catnip spray, as it's like a mind control drug for your cat. A final note on larger scratching posts: if you're thinking about building your own, it's only really worth it if you have access to cheap or free materials like leftover lumber. The return on investment for building a large scratching post or cat tree is nearly zero if you have to buy all the materials yourself and spend a weekend building it. I speak from the voice of experience—wrapping hundreds of feet of sisal rope is a tedious and time-consuming project.
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What kind of cat scratching post should I buy
If you are a long time cat owner, you know that one of the most grating sounds is that of your cat scratching your furniture. It is similar to nails on a chalkboard, only the board is your brand new sofa! There are a couple of solutions to this problem. You can put aluminum foil on the edges of your furniture because cats don’t like to scratch foil. You can even spray the surface of your couch with orange scented sprays because cats don’t like the smell. But the best thing to do is buy scratching posts to scatter throughout your home.Another possible downside of buying a post comes into play when the cat simply doesn’t want to use the post for her scratching needs. In this case, try sprinkling catnip on the post before you give up on it. Sometimes it takes a few weeks or months for the cats in your home to get used to a scratch post.The obvious benefit to buying a scratch post is that it turns the cat’s attention away from your furniture. Too many people get rid of their cats because of a simple scratching problem, when all they have to do is buy one of these inexpensive apparatuses. As most cat behaviorists will tell you, there are no bad cats, only bad or uninformed owners!The truth of the matter is your cat will scratch whether you provide him with a scratching post or not. Furniture, carpets and door frames are frequent casualties! Buying a few scratching posts and boards for your cat will stop him from destroying your home and save money in the long run.Most cat owners realize they need to buy a scratching post when their pet starts clawing at the furniture. However, it’s a good idea to invest in one before that happens. It’s not easy to remove pulls from upholstery fabric, let me tell you!One extra tip: Pay close attention to whether your cat prefers scratching on horizontal or vertical surfaces. Then, buy a horizontal or vertical scratching post to match kitty’s preferences. This will help make the transition a lot smoother.