Best Cat Scratching Posts

Cat scratching posts may seem like a handy product that can save your furniture from being ruined by your cats clawing, but they actually serve an important purpose – there is a reason your cat feels the need to constantly scratch after all!

This includes maintaining their claws, stretching, exercising, and marketing their territory, which is why cats have a constant urge to dig their claws into a suitable surface!

So, using a post for this will not only keep your furniture intact, but also ensure your cats health doesn’t suffer either! There is a fair few options out there, from basic posts to extravagant treehouses that feature all manner of extras.

Take a look and see some of the best cat scratching posts currently available!

Trixie Parla Scratching Post

This standard scratching post is high quality but also affordable, making it a fine option for most cats. The base board is covered in soft plush material that the cat should find comfortable, while the post itself is covered in natural sisal, so it should be a very attractive surface to dig their claws into!

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Trixie Parla scratching post 62 cm, platinum grey
1406 Reviews
Trixie Parla scratching post 62 cm, platinum grey
  • With plush cover
  • Post wrapped in natural sisal
  • Suitable for cats of all ages
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Trixie Spare Posts for Scratching Posts
192 Reviews
Trixie Spare Posts for Scratching Posts
  • Wrapped in natural sisal
  • Including threaded bolt and 2 screws
  • Fits most cat trees

Last update on 2017-09-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Kerbl Cat Opal Maxi Scratching Post

At 78 cm in height, this is one of the taller standalone posts, making it particularly useful for taller cats that want to get a proper stretch. It also happens to be quite thick, making it that bit sturdier, which is always something to look for in a scratching post.

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Sharples-n-Grant Playpost Cat Scratcher

This Playpost scratcher is on the smaller side, but that might be perfect for a suitable sized cat! It comes with a hanging play ball which cats should love playing with too, and it can take a fair amount of damage too so should last quite some time!

It also has a very low price!

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Sharples-n-Grant Playpost Cat Scratcher
409 Reviews
Sharples-n-Grant Playpost Cat Scratcher
  • Playpost Cat Scratcher with Sisal post, hanging play ball with catnip and carpet base
  • Great fun for our feline friends and keeps claws healthy and trimmed
  • Scratch and swing cat post.
  • Gives your cat hours of pleasure.
  • Designed to stand up to punishment
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Milo & Misty Cat Bed and Scratching Post Activity Tree with Toys - Grey
77 Reviews
Milo & Misty Cat Bed and Scratching Post Activity Tree with Toys - Grey
  • Natural sisal cats lounge scratch mouse toy claws
  • Sturdy construction with play bridge, mouse toy and soft swinging ball
  • Natural sisal covered scratching post keeps claws sharp and healthy and keeps your furnishings from damage
  • Plush grey cover with fun paw print motif
  • Easy to assemble - instructions included. Size: 37 x 35 x 43.5 cm

Last update on 2017-09-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Cozy Pet Deluxe Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher Activity Centre CT06

Cat trees offer a combination of various scratching posts and surfaces, as well as some nice areas to hide and play in. This version from Cozy Pet is one of the most affordable of its kind and features a number of thick posts that your cat will love to claw at.

It also features a few platforms for sitting on, as well as a cat house and hammock, meaning your cat will be living a life of luxury with this amazing product!

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Cozy Pet Deluxe Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher Activity Centre Scratching Post Toys with Heavy Duty Sisal Cat Trees in Grey CT03-Grey. (We do not ship to Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Channel Islands, IOM or IOW.)
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Cozy Pet Deluxe Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher Activity Centre Scratching Post Toys with Heavy Duty Sisal Cat Trees in Grey CT03-Grey. (We do not ship to Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Channel Islands, IOM or IOW.)
  • Cozy Pet deluxe cat tree. H 47 x W 34 x D 20.5 inches (Metric H 120 x W 87 x D 52 cm).
  • A Heavy Duty Sisal Play Rope, 3 viewing spots a hammock and an extra large cat house provide your cat with a wonderful place to play, exercise and sleep.
  • Very strong construction with extra thick posts all in neutral Grey which looks great with any interior décor.
  • This model of cat tree is the best selling item on Amazon France, it has a large base making it more stable and an extra large house so it is suitable for larger cats.
  • Heavy duty Sisal scratching posts help keep your cat's claws in great condition. And it comes with simple instructions and all the tools you need to quickly build it.
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Cozy Pet Deluxe Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher Activity Centre Scratching Post Toys with Heavy Duty Sisal Cat Trees in Light Coffee L CT06-Lt Coffee
  • Cozy Pet deluxe cat tree. H 58 x W 36 x D 18 inches (Metric H 148 x W 93 x D 46 cm).
  • 4 toy mice, 3 viewing spots a hammock and a cat house provide your cat with a wonderful place to play, exercise and sleep.
  • Very strong construction with extra thick posts all in our new exclusive Light Coffee which looks just Purrrfect.
  • This model of cat tree is our very best selling design because it offers a fantastic combination of value, design features and size. (It has been copied by a couple of other sellers but we purchased their items and they have thinner sisal poles, plush, etc and they were lighter, so you really do get what you pay for.)
  • Heavy duty Sisal scratching posts help keep your cat's claws in great condition. And it comes with simple instructions and all the tools you need to quickly build it.

Last update on 2017-10-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Cat tree with beige scratching post

This lovely beige cat tree will look great in any room and comes with a number of great scratching posts. With viewing platforms, a hammock and house, it can hold as many as three cats or provide endless entertainment for a single cat!

Sisal is used on the posts and the material for the other areas is a soft synthetic fur that your cat will love lazing on.

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Todeco - Cat Tree, Cat Climber - Material: MDF - Cover material : Velvet - 47.2 inch, 5 platforms, Beige
337 Reviews
Todeco - Cat Tree, Cat Climber - Material: MDF - Cover material : Velvet - 47.2 inch, 5 platforms, Beige
  • Lots of room for your cats to play, with various different platforms * The base is solidly and studily constructed, ensuring safe use * Easy to follow user guide
  • Your cats claws will be protected, thanks to the natural sisal material * Materials are all eco-friendly and make it safe to use * Chic modern design suited to your existing décor
  • Your cat will have the perfect spot to nap, exercise and play thanks to the various perches, ladder and cat house * It will easily fit into your home, due to the space-saving small base
  • Scratching post: Natural sisal fiber * Floor stand size: 21.7 x 15.7 inch * Spinlock length: 8 cm * Hammock size: 11.8 x 11.8 inch
  • Cat house size: 16.9 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch * Number of perches for cats: 4 * Accessories: Rope + mouse
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TecTake Large cat tree with scratching post activity center 169cm beige | 3 platforms | 2 caves
29 Reviews
TecTake Large cat tree with scratching post activity center 169cm beige | 3 platforms | 2 caves
  • The cat tree Goran is a great joy and a special highlight for any cat // Total dimensions (LxWxH): 65 x 49 x 169 cm // Weight: 15 kg
  • With a cat tree, cats can ideally sharpen their claws and your furniture remain untarnished.
  • 2 cat huts to withdraw to // Multiple levels // 2 stairs
  • Great manufacture and robust build
  • Cats are curious animals and love to have an overview of everything - so a cat tree is the perfect item for your furry friend.

Last update on 2017-11-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Milo & Misty Cat Bed and Scratching Post Activity Tree with Toys

This tree is great for its compact size, quality scratching post and selection of awesome accessories. With a comfortable plush bed fitted to the top of the sturdy sisal-covered post, it’s a fine combination of bed and scratch post.

Better still, there is a hanging ball, play bridge and toy mouse that your cat will enjoy playing with. Very reasonable price too!

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Milo & Misty Cat Bed and Scratching Post Activity Tree with Toys - Grey
77 Reviews
Milo & Misty Cat Bed and Scratching Post Activity Tree with Toys - Grey
  • Natural sisal cats lounge scratch mouse toy claws
  • Sturdy construction with play bridge, mouse toy and soft swinging ball
  • Natural sisal covered scratching post keeps claws sharp and healthy and keeps your furnishings from damage
  • Plush grey cover with fun paw print motif
  • Easy to assemble - instructions included. Size: 37 x 35 x 43.5 cm
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Milo & Misty Hide & Scratch Curve Cat Scratching Post Board Activity Centre
27 Reviews
Milo & Misty Hide & Scratch Curve Cat Scratching Post Board Activity Centre
  • Treat your cat to a new place to scratch, stretch and play! Helps to stop cats from damaging carpets, upholstery and furniture
  • Ultra-sturdy construction with hard wearing natural sisal scratching board and soft plush cover - built to resist sharp claws and boisterous cats!
  • Features cut out centre - perfect for relaxing or hiding
  • Suitable for kittens and cats of all ages and sizes
  • Size: 26 x 45 x 26cm

Last update on 2017-10-10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Milo & Misty Large 3 Platform Cat Tree Scratching Post Activity Centre

This multi-tiered cat scratching platform features a number of posts that will save all your furniture from any future damage! At 146cm, its definitely one of the tallest scratching posts out there, making it ideal for people with several cats!

With three viewing spots and toy mice, a cosy hammock, plush cat house, and plenty of scratching posts, this offers everything you need to keep your cat entertaining and with nice, healthy claws!

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Milo & Misty Cat Bed and Scratching Post Activity Tree with Toys - Grey
77 Reviews
Milo & Misty Cat Bed and Scratching Post Activity Tree with Toys - Grey
  • Natural sisal cats lounge scratch mouse toy claws
  • Sturdy construction with play bridge, mouse toy and soft swinging ball
  • Natural sisal covered scratching post keeps claws sharp and healthy and keeps your furnishings from damage
  • Plush grey cover with fun paw print motif
  • Easy to assemble - instructions included. Size: 37 x 35 x 43.5 cm
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Milo & Misty Hide & Scratch Curve Cat Scratching Post Board Activity Centre
27 Reviews
Milo & Misty Hide & Scratch Curve Cat Scratching Post Board Activity Centre
  • Treat your cat to a new place to scratch, stretch and play! Helps to stop cats from damaging carpets, upholstery and furniture
  • Ultra-sturdy construction with hard wearing natural sisal scratching board and soft plush cover - built to resist sharp claws and boisterous cats!
  • Features cut out centre - perfect for relaxing or hiding
  • Suitable for kittens and cats of all ages and sizes
  • Size: 26 x 45 x 26cm

Last update on 2017-10-10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Catit Tiger Design Patterned Scratching Board

Many cat owners have a bought a scratching post or tree only for it to be completely ignored. For anyone in this situation, a flat scratching board such as this may be a better option!

It comes with a unique corrugated scratching surface that is slightly different from a traditional starching post that is lined with sisal. The fact that it is also horizontal makes it notably different from standard scratching posts, but it is still a fine product and could be the post your cat likes!

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Catit Tiger Design Patterned Scratching Board with Catnip, Lounge
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Catit Tiger Design Patterned Scratching Board with Catnip, Lounge
  • Tiger Design corrugated scratching surface to sharpen and remove the dead outer layer of the cats claws.
  • Satisfies cats natural scratching instincts and enables cats to stretch their bodies and to work of energy
  • Helps protect furniture from claw damage
  • Catnip Sachet Included
  • Lounge Shape
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Last update on 2017-03-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Buyer Tips

As you can see, there is no shortage of options when it comes to cat scratching posts. Not all cats are the same, so there is no guarantee that they will like to scratch the first post you buy.

Take a look at some useful tips before committing to a particular product, as it could end up saving you some money and furniture!

Materials

Cats have a preference for a particular type of material, such as carpets, because it offers a fair amount of resistance. Carpet has become less frequent in scratching posts thanks to more durable materials such as faux fur or natural sisal rope.

However, not all cats like the same material, particularly those the offer the least resistance when scratching. Should your cat have a carpet scratching post, it could encourage it to attack your normal carpets too, so there are benefits and setbacks to each type!

Sisal rope has become one of the most popular options as cats are naturally attracted to the material, is very sturdy and affordable.

If your cat doesn’t seem to like a certain material, try changing it up to see if they have preference!

Outdoor or Indoor Cat?

As outdoor cats have access to an abundance of natural scratching posts, namely tree bark, they may be more inclined to a similar material when they come indoors. This can be especially important during the winter when they won’t go outside as often!

Conversely, an indoor cat may prefer artificial surfaces such as carpet because it is what they enjoy using inside!

Sturdiness

The material on a scratching post might become irrelevant if the post isnt sturdy enough. Remember, cats use them to stretch and work their claws, so there is a fair amount of strength going into the process.

So if a post wont remain upright, then they will probably not use it! Think about the size and strength before buying.