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Why Your Cat Desperately Needs a Scratch Post or Board

Have you ever caught your cat in the act, claws deep in your favorite couch? 

It's a common scene for cat owners, but behind this seemingly destructive behavior lies a natural and essential need. 

Let's explore why you should add scratchboards and posts in your cat supplies box and how they can be a saving grace for your furniture!

Understanding Why Cats Need Scratch Posts, Boards, and Houses  

Why do cats scratch everything in sight? It's not to spite you. 

Scratching is a crucial part of feline instincts that helps them mark their territory, keep their claws sharp, and stretch their bodies. 

Cat supplies like scratch posts, boards, and houses cater to these instincts. 

By providing these, you're not just preserving your furnishings; you're enhancing your cat's well-being and letting them express their natural behaviors in a safe, non-destructive way.

How Scratch Posts, Boards, and Houses Safeguard Furniture  

Without a designated scratch area, cats will turn to what's available - usually your sofa, carpets, or curtains. 

Introducing scratch accessories diverts this natural behavior away from your cherished home items. 

A well-placed scratch post or board can make all the difference, offering an attractive alternative for their scratching urges.

Selecting Scratch Posts, Boards, and Houses for Your Cat

Selecting the right scratching accessory for your cat is crucial, like choosing the perfect furniture for your living room. 

Here are a few key considerations to help you make the best choice:

  • Material. Cats often prefer materials that shred under their claws, giving them a sense of satisfaction from scratching. Common materials include sisal, carpet, wood, and corrugated cardboard. Each has its benefits and appeals to different feline preferences.
  • Size and Shape. The size of the scratch accessory should match your cat's size and scratching style. Larger cats need sturdier and taller posts. Also, consider whether your cat likes to scratch horizontally or vertically. Some cats prefer flat scratch surfaces, which can be placed on the floor, while others might go for tall vertical posts that allow them to stretch fully.
  • Stability. Make sure the scratch post or board is stable enough to withstand vigorous scratching. A wobbly post can deter your cat from using it and might even pose a safety risk.
  • Texture. Cats are particular about texture. Some enjoy a rougher surface, while others may prefer something softer. Observing your cat's current scratching habits might give you clues about the best texture.

Take a look at our Cat Tree Entertainment Tower, which combines various textures and heights suitable for climbing, playing, and scratching. 

If your furry friend needs some privacy, our Scratch House offers an enclosed space and a sturdy, textured surface perfect for intense scratching sessions.

DIY Alternatives: Crafting Homemade Scratch Posts, Boards, and Houses

Not ready to buy? No problems! 

You can easily create a homemade scratch post, board, or house. 

This can be a fun and fulfilling project that allows you to customize the scratching accessory to your cat's and home's needs. Here are some materials and tips for DIY enthusiasts:

  • Sisal Rope. Wrapping sisal rope around a sturdy post or a cylindrical object creates an excellent vertical scratching post. Make sure it's securely fastened to avoid unraveling.
  • Cardboard. Corrugated cardboard is great for horizontal scratchers. You can layer sheets of cardboard to create a dense scratching pad that lies flat on the floor.
  • Wood. A simple wooden post or plank can be very effective, especially if it's rough or wrapped in rope. Wood is durable and offers a satisfying texture for cats to dig their claws into.

These DIY projects not only cater to your cat's scratching needs but also allow you to add a personal touch to your home décor. 

Tips for Introducing and Training Your Cat to Use Scratch Accessories

Introducing a new scratch post or accessory requires patience and a bit of strategy:

  • Placement. Position the scratch accessory near your cat's favorite lounging area or their usual paths. Cats often scratch when they first wake up, so placing it near their sleeping area can be effective.
  • Attraction. Use catnip or pheromone sprays to make the scratcher more enticing. Some cats are attracted by toys hanging from the post, or you can rub some of their favorite treats on the surface to spark interest.
  • Positive Reinforcement. Every time your cat uses the scratch post, offer plenty of praise, affection, or treats. This positive reinforcement helps them associate the scratch post with rewards and happiness.

Purr-fect Endings: Create Happiness at Home!

Understanding and addressing your cat's scratching needs can lead to a happier, more harmonious home. 

Whether you choose a luxury scratch post, craft your own, or use strategic training techniques, you're taking important steps toward fulfilling your feline friend's instincts and preserving your home. 

Feeling inspired? 

Check out our selections and find the perfect scratch solution to enhance your cat's life and protect your home. It's a win-win!


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