Clawing and scratching is an instinctual desire in cats that, if not satiated by a dedicated toy, will be taken out on drapes, rugs — or (gasp!) even your favorite leather chair. To prevent primal instincts from turning into destructive bad habits, we’ve rounded up a few of the top-rated scratchers on the market. Give kitty free reign to tear it up!
Top Pick: SmartyKat Chaise Corrugated Lounge with Catnip Cat Scratcher
Why We Like It: This unique lounger serves as a tempting place to scratch, nap or play! It’s durable, comes with SmartyCat Certified Organic Catnip to spice things up, and boasts a cuddly, cradle shape to keep kitty cozy.
Top Pick: The Original Scratch Lounge
Why We Like It: Made in the U.S. from 100% recycled materials, this reversible, three-sided scratcher has plenty of surface area for scratching and nesting. Cat owners know their furry friends love playing in a cardboard box — and this one takes lounging and scratching to the next level. Stash a few Primal Treats inside and The Original Scratch Lounger is sure to be a highly frequented hangout.
Top Pick: SmartCat The Ultimate Scratching Post
Why We Like It: A classic! The sturdy SmartCat scratch post allows kitty to reach for the sky, fully stretch her limbs, and scratch to her heart’s delight with no risk of tipping or wobbling. Its neutral coloring, durable fibers and easy assembly make this scratcher a great choice for any cat owner!
Top Pick: Fat Cat Big Mama’s Scratch ‘N Play Ramp
Why We Like It: This eco-friendly, wedge-shaped wonder will certainly add spice to your cat’s life. Kitty can manicure their claws on the corrugated cardboard surface, or bat at the whimsical butterfly toy — just sprinkle with catnip and let ‘em go to town!
*Products mentioned in the article are available for sale at chewy.com as well as many other local pet specialty retailers near you!