Scratching Post Bliss

I have two cats, ages 11 and 7, who have been gleefully clawing my furniture for as long as they could reach it. Me, I’d given up and just taken to covering the furniture with colorful throws. It’s not like the furniture is more important than the cats, after all.

They had a standard scratching post that they liked well enough. They were praised highly each time they used it. But it was only a supplement for their main course–furniture and carpets.

About eight months ago I bought them a Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher (a good picture) because I thought they’d enjoy it. I used the catnip to introduce them to it, and they more than liked it–they *loved* it (hee–even after the catnip was gone, I swear!). Now here it is, eight months later, and I suddenly realized that they haven’t scratched anything but that scratcher for ages. They love the cardboard, and they especially love the angle–they like to turn around and scratch it from the top. It’s lasted well, as we just now turned over the first cardboard block that came with it. I imagine we’ll need a new block about once a year.

The only drawback to this beauty is that the cats do throw bits of shredded cardboard about, but it’s not a horrible mess. We just vaccuum it up.

I imagine any cardboard-type scratcher placed at the right angle would work. I gotta say, I’m floored that they love it enough to leave the furniture alone, and I’m looking forward to getting a new couch soon!

3 Responses to Scratching Post Bliss

  1. NMSunbear says:

    My cats love their Alpine Scratcher too, even my incorrigible sweetie Velvet, who never scratched on anything but the carpet before. It needs a new refill — they’ve scratched it to death!

  2. Lilly says:

    Ohhh a scratcher with the angle already built-in! We have our cat’s flat cardboard scratcher attached at an angle with clamps and duct tape to her big cat tree. Next time we’ll get one of these.

  3. Cat says:

    Just testing the new comment format.