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Scratching is an essential need for your cat and is part of their innate instincts. Because it is something they need to do, you must make sure you have a proper scratching area, so your cat doesn’t switch to your favourite furniture item! Here are some commonly asked questions to help you learn what you need to know about cat scratcher poles, towers and trees.
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Why do cats need scratchers?
Firstly, cats need to scratch their claws on something to sharpen their nails. This is a natural instinct that they have that allows them to stay ready to protect themselves or go hunting if they need to. Scratching also sheds the dead outer layer of their nails and is a way for them to strengthen their claws, cure boredom and mark their territory. To satisfy this urge, cats will turn to scratching couches, walls, the carpet, and trees – anything they can find. This is why cats need scratching towers, poles and trees. They’re made for it, so they’re more comfortable and satisfying for the cat.
What is the best material for a cat scratching post?
Cat scratchers can come in a variety of materials. But the one you choose is important; if a cat doesn’t like the material, it won’t scratch it.
Cardboard for cat scratchers is a beloved option by cats due to how they feel on their claws, and they are an inexpensive and eco-friendly option. However, they are not long-lasting; it won’t take long for your cat to shred them to pieces, meaning you’ll have to purchase a new one every few months.
If you cat insists on clawing at the carpet on your floors, perhaps a carpet scratcher is a good choice. They provide a satisfying resistance to a cat’s claws and if you put it on the area of floor where the cat usually scratches it might make them turn their attention to the post instead. Carpet posts usually last around two years.
Sisal is regarded by many as the best choice for a catch scratcher. It’s a naturally derived, hard-wearing fabric that is perfect for a cat’s scratching needs. It can come in two forms: Sisal rope and sisal fabric. The difference is sisal fabric is much softer for the cat—it tears much easier, which is part of the appeal. Sisal rope is more robust and will last longer. Each creates a very different feeling that some cats may prefer over the other.
What is a good cat scratcher?
Cat scratchers need to be tall enough for your cat to stand on its hind legs and extend its body up along the post so it can get a proper stretch. A tall post also allows a cat to have more options on its preferred scratching position. The scratcher should also be sturdy enough to take the pressure of the cat leaning its body against it; if the cat jumps onto the post and it topples, it could get injured. Even if it feels a wobble, it won’t use it again and will go back to scratching your carpet or couch. We’ve already gone through some materials, but cats do like variety. Having more than one will help prevent your cat getting bored, and different materials equal different experiences so having more than one scratcher will help keep your cat happy.
Why won’t my cat use a cat scratcher?
The answer to this question lies in what we’ve already gone through. A cat might not use its scratching tower because it is wobbly, not the right material, not tall enough, or it simply prefers scratching furniture. To attract them to using the cat scratcher pole, make sure it is sturdy enough for them to really sink their claws into it and stretch their body out. You can also try finding a different shape scratcher. You can buy horizontal, flat and angled scratchers, or one that doubles as a bed – this might make it clearer to them that this is their area to do with as they wish.