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.
Frisco Cactus Cat Scratching Post
Want a touch of greenery but have a house full of dead plants? The Frisco Cactus Cat Scratching Post is the choice fur you! Possibly the softest cactus you’ll ever see, this quirky cat scratcher has a plush material on the top and base for your cat to nuzzle. The stem is wrapped in sisal to encourage scratching.
Frisco Wall Sisal Cat Scratcher
This tall, vertical scratcher gives your kitty a good stretch while maintaining her healthy manicure. Easy to hang on walls or furniture, this scratcher can help discourage destructive scratching behaviors. Customers have used this product to protect doorways, sofas, and chairs with much success! Also wrapped in sisal, this scratching post provides just the right amount of resistance for your cat.
Fat Cat Big Mama’s Cat Scratcher Toy with Catnip
Affordable and fun for your cat! This cardboard cat scratcher has tassels, a stuffed toy, and catnip! Sprinkle some of the catnip on the scratcher to really get your cat’s attention–and divert unwanted scratching behaviors into a more furniture-friendly outlet. If your cat is not tempted by regular scratchers, this catnip-included option may give them just what they need to become interested!
FluffyDream Cat Scratcher Cardboard
Looking for something that you and your cat will love? This cat scratcher’s curved design makes for easier scratching and lounging for your cat. Plus, you will feel good about buying it! Made with recycled cardboard and non-toxic corn starch glue, you can help the planet while knowing your cat is scratching safely. This product is also reversible, so you are getting 2x the use
K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Window Scratcher Kitty Sill
This product combines two things all cats love: scratchers and sun bathing! According to Chewy, this product has been proven to hold up to 50 pounds! The convenient design attaches this cat scratcher to the window in seconds, using suction cups for added security. This product comes with a bonus bag of catnip to really entice your kitty.
ASPCA Cat House & Scratcher
Does your cat appreciate the cottage core aesthetic? This 2 in 1 cat cottage and scratcher gives your cat a private place to rest and play. Not only is the design super cute and cozy, but this cat scratcher comes with a bag of catnip, too! Sprinkle a little around the entrance of the cottage to encourage your cat to check it out.
Petper Cat Scratcher Scratching Pads, Round Cat Scratch Board with Ball Toy
Another eco-friendly cat scratcher, this product is made with all-natural recycled wood! Made with a track and 2 small balls, your cat can nudge them with their nose or bat at it with their paws. And, after they’ve played their hearts out, they can get in a good manicure with the cardboard center of this scratcher!
LUCKITTY Small Cat Scratching Posts Kitty Coconut Tree-Cat Scratch
Missing warm weather this winter? This tropical palm tree scratcher will bring a little bit of paradise to your home! With a rope-wrapped trunk and hanging coconut to swat at, this cat scratcher will bring hours of entertainment to your cat. Designed for swatting, scratching, stretching, and perching, this scratcher provides plenty of mental and physical stimulation to your pet. Not only is it a cute decoration for you and fun for your cat, but it is easy and quick to assemble!
FUKUMARU Pet Fur Grooming Cat Scratching Pads
Trying to combat shedding and sharp claws? This 2 in 1 scratcher accomplishes both! The looped brush gives your cat something sturdy to rub on, thus removing loose fur. The cat scratcher on the bottom is cardboard encourages healthy scratching and can also be recycled once used. Plus, if you are not satisfied with the quality of your purchase after one month, the seller will accept returns for a full refund.
About the Author:
Madeleine Brown is a student at the University of Chicago studying English literature. When she’s not studying, her passions are reading, baking, and spoiling her two kitties, Harper and Mr. Bingley. She’s also a former intern at The Catnip Times!