Scratching is a 100% natural and healthy activity that your cat needs to do. And when you share your home with a cat, you should be prepared to offer plenty of different types of scratching surfaces and substrates (materials) to meet your kitty’s needs. If you’re new to owning a cat or to the world of scratchers, the first thing you should know is that not all scratching surfaces appeal to all cats. It may take some trial and error to figure out what type of surface and substrate your cat prefers.
Unfortunately many cat owners are misinformed and think that cat scratching is some sort of inappropriate or “revenge” behavior. Nothing could be further from the truth. And sadly scratching is one of the biggest reasons why people declaw their cats or relinquish them to a rescue.
We are here to help! Here are the top-rated cat scratchers from Chewy and Amazon. Pay special attention to the surface: curved, vertical, horizontal, angled, etc. And equally important is the substrate: carpet, sisal, cardboard, etc. Figure out the right combination, and both you and your cat will be happy campers.