The Best Cat Scratching Posts, Pads and Everything in Between
Your cat’s claws are out. Do you have scratchers at the ready?
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If there’s one thing new cat parents learn pretty quickly is that felines possess an instinctual need to scratch sh*t up. If you don’t indulge this primal need — by way of strategically placed scratching posts and pads, cat trees, towers, and toys — they may turn their claws on your couch. You may think that removing scratching posts from your home will suppress said need. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. This can actually backfire, cause cat anxiety, and lead to more destructive behaviors. Ugh.
Your cat isn’t trying to destroy your furniture, trust us. In addition to trimming their own nails and getting a good stretch in, scratching is a healthy expression of emotion — rather, a range of emotions from excitement to stress. It’s also a way in which they mark their territory, as they release pheromones through their pads. (Trimming your cat’s nails is an important part of their grooming routine, but won’t save your furniture or curb their need to claw.) So we asked veterinarian and The Wildest Collective member, Dr. John Iovino, to weigh in on the best cat scratchers of 2022.
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Ready for a DIY? If you’re interested in carpentry, Dr. Iovino suggests turning this into a building opportunity. “Using a heavy, wood base that is then covered in your cat’s preferred material can be easy to put together for an appropriate scratcher. From there, the complexity, and creativity would depend on each situation.” We’re more likely to opt for the less involved alternative, but it’s certainly an option.
Stylized cat trees for every personality, from cartoon flowers to modernist towers. We hope money grows on a few of them.
Mid-century modern coffee table or litter box? Industrial bookcase or cat tower? If you can’t tell, that’s kind of the point.
Colorful, retro creations hand-crafted from up-cycled materials in San Francisco.
Chic, sculptural cat furniture inspired by cat behavior and tested at cat cafés.
Avery is a writer and producer. She has written for numerous publications, including Refinery29, BuzzFeed, and V Magazine. When she’s not at her computer, you can find her reading, practicing her Greek on Duolingo, and delving into the Sex and the City discourse. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their cat, Chicken, who rules with an iron fist.