If you have a cat, chances are you are aware of the need for cat scratchers and scratching posts. These are one of the best ways to keep cats from scratching your furniture. If only “kitten mittens” (as seen on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) were a practical option. Designed to keep down noise and stop the scratching of furniture. That is, if the cats didn’t hate them so much:
All kidding aside, every cat owner should have at least one cat scratcher or scratching post as part of their cat furniture arsenal. There really is something for every taste and situation. Let’s explore the wonderful world of cat scratchers so you can find the perfect one for you and your cat…
Stylish Cat Scratchers
If these wall-mounted cat scratchers weren’t placed at such a low height, they could almost be mistaken for contemporary art. The minimalist design is not intrusive. These would be great for those of you who are short on space and don’t want anything sitting on the floor.
I found these by a company called Square Cat Habitat on Amazon. The price ranges from $15-45 depending on the colors and finish you choose.
I also think that these would be the easiest of the cat scratchers to make yourself. For around $10-20 you could customize the frame and material to please both human and cat. If your cat enjoys these, they will be at them all the time. Just make sure it’s secured VERY well to the wall.
Lounge Cat Scratchers
This cat scratcher lounge is reversible so you get 2 times the use. It has catnip leaf to entice the cats to the lounge and away from your furniture and the modern design should appeal to most.
Another great option with these is that they are light enough to mount them on the wall with bookshelf (or similar) brackets.
It’s a little pricey at $79.95 currently on Amazon but it is very well-reviewed (4.8 out of 5 stars) and quite versatile.
Standard/No Frills Cat Scratchers
If a basic cat scratcher with no bells or whistles seems like the right option for you, consider the Ultimate Scratching Post from SmartCat.
It’s sturdy and well-designed. It’s just 4 identical sides of sisal waiting to be scratched into oblivion by your cat. There are no other color options so what you see is what you get. In a world of too much choice, this might be exactly what you’re looking for.
At $44.99 from Amazon, it’s a good mid-range choice.
Entertaining Cat Scratchers
This awesome novelty cat scratcher further confirms my belief that people really have thought of everything. I really think this one is more for the humans than the cats, but who cares? Think of the photo ops!
The scratching area is small and likely not all that durable. At least the price is on the lower end at $26.95 from Suck UK.
Suck UK also makes a laptop for cats which is included in my post of 10 Christmas Gifts for Cats You Never Knew Existed. Definitely worth reading if this DJ Cat Scratcher made you giggle.
Furniture Cat Scratchers
Cat furniture is becoming more and more popular – IKEA even makes cat house inserts for their products that you can use instead of baskets. If you prefer your cat scratchers to act more like furniture and blend in with decor, consider the A-Frame Cat Bed from The Refined Feline. It’s an end table that has a scratching panel on the outside and a cat bed on the inside. Talk about multi-purpose.
The A-Frame Cat Bed comes in 2 different finishes, mahogany and espresso and costs $99.99. This seems reasonable to me as I would easily spend $100 on an end table that just does end table stuff. This feels like more bang for my buck.
Compact Cat Scratchers
If you really don’t have any room for a floor or even wall-mounted cat scratcher, try this compact ED Ellen DeGeneres Hanging Cat Scratcher. Who knew that Ellen made cat scratching products? I certainly didn’t! This retails for $17.99 from PetSmart.
It’s easily moved and put away if company is coming and has a little built in toy to encourage scratching. A good low-cost and versatile buy.
Funny Cat Scratcher
This Donald Trump Cat Scratching Post really shows that people have thought of everything. Why didn’t I think of this? I’m really kicking myself! This is an expensive cat scratcher at $169.99 from Politikats but think of all the fun both you and your cat will have scratching while making a political statement. They aren’t politically correct at Politikats and they embrace it.
There are a few different politicians other than Donald: Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Christy Clark. It’s a splurge but, I mean, what a conversation piece!
Multi-Surface Cat Scratchers
This Jump Multi-Surface Cat Scratch Post from Pet Solutions combines many things that you should be looking for in a cat scratcher. It has 4 different materials for kitty to scratch – carpet, sisal, cardboard and fleece and it’s a really good value. At $17.99 (on sale) and $19.99 regular price, it really can’t be beat.
Elegant Cat Scratchers
Want your cat to scratch up a priceless piece of art? No problem. Get the Mona Lisa, The Girl with the Pearl Earring or Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase as a cat scratcher from Lord Lou. I think the picture says it all! The price is definitely high at €169-189 but the laughter you’ll get from the cat scratching should ease some of the stress of the expense. What an elegant addition to any home (until your cat scratches it beyond recognition).
Climbing Cat Scratchers
This SmartCat Cat Climber is another great option for people low on space. If you can’t sacrifice enough space for a cat tree, this Cat Climber will satisfy your cat’s need for scratching and climbing.
The Cat Climber fits over most doors and can be put away or moved easily. If it’s on the door, just make sure you don’t open it suddenly! Otherwise, you might have a cat fall on you claws first.
The price on this is very reasonable from Amazon currently at $46.23.
I hope this list of different cat scratchers has helped you to decide on what’s right for you. If you have tried the scratchers listed or have other favorites, I would love to hear about it in the comments.