Last updated: August 7, 2021

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Welcome to our big cat scratching post test 2021. Here we present all the cat scratching posts we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best cat scratching post for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a cat scratching post.




Summary

  • Besides sisal rugs, cat towers, scratching boards and scratching mats, cat scratching trees are the perfect opportunity for cats to sharpen their claws without damaging your furniture.
  • The dimensions, weight, colour and design are important factors for you and your cat when buying a cat scratching post.
  • If you prefer to build your own cat scratching post, you should get chipboard, plush, foam and sisal or coconut rope.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a cat scratching post

What material is a cat scratching post made of?

Depending on the quality and price range, a cat scratching post is made of wood, chipboard, cardboard, sisal rope, coconut rope, plush and foam. However, the soft foam layer is not visible and therefore will not be discussed in detail here. The scratching surfaces are either made of sisal rope or coconut rope.

Wood

The base and all lying surfaces are made of chipboard. There are no big differences between cheap and expensive models.

The back walls of caves or resting areas are usually made of cardboard, but since quality and price range play a role here, there are models that use chipboard instead of cardboard, but very thin chipboard. More expensive and high-quality scratching posts are made of natural wood.

Plush

Plush parts are commonplace in scratching posts. It doesn't matter if it's the floor, the mats, the caves or the lying areas. A cat tree is covered with plush, because cats love the soft material. Again, it depends on the price range what the plush is made of. Most of the time, however, it is made of polyester and/or polyacrylic.

Sisal rope, coconut rope

All scratching surfaces are made of the robust material sisal or coconut. This ensures that the scratching surfaces have a long life and that the cat's claws are optimally shortened.

Which cat scratching post you choose also depends on the space in the flat or house. It is advisable to measure the available space beforehand.

How much does a cat scratching post cost?

With the large selection of scratching posts, there is of course also a large price range. It depends not only on the quality, but also on the size of the cat scratching post how much it costs.

Size of the cat tree Price range
small cat trees 6-50 €
medium cat trees 12-130 €
large cat trees 30-300 €

Cheap scratching posts start at 6 €, which is not only due to the size, but also because the quality is not very good. Look for a better quality, which costs only a few euros more, but you will have your cat tree for longer and your cat will have more fun with it. This way you don't risk injuring your cat's claws.

What should I look for in a cat tree?

When buying a scratching post, you should pay particular attention to

  • The location
  • The size
  • The quality

The location

Cats like to sleep where their humans are most often, i.e. in the middle of the action. Therefore, it is best to place it where you are most often and have enough space for it. If there is a window nearby, this would also be great for your cat to be able to look outside, especially if he is an indoor cat.

The size

If you have enough space, choose a scratching post as big as your cat or cats need. If you have a cat that likes to climb, it should be tall and offer plenty of climbing opportunities. If your cat likes to sleep in hammocks, buy one where it can be nicely integrated or where one is already available.

The quality

Although not crucial in terms of quality, the base is often the most important factor, especially with high-quality models. It should be flat and stable. If possible, it should not be a cave, if this is the case, it should be additionally supported.

Please also make sure that no toys hang down from the cat tree! Many manufacturers offer these already mounted. This can be very dangerous and your cat can strangle itself while playing with them. Remove them for the sake of your cat.

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Are there alternatives to the cat tree?

Yes, there are, and many of them. However, a cat tree should still find a place in your household!

Alternatives are:

  • Sisal carpet
  • Cat tower
  • Scratching board
  • Scratching mats

We have included a table with the individual alternatives, their material, purpose and the respective prices, so that you can get a good overview of all the offers:

Alternatives Description Purpose Price
Sisal carpet Material: sisal and latex, robust and hard-wearing, suitable for floors and walls Scratching mats for claw care from €16
Scratching tower or cat bin Wooden tower (approx. 70x30x30 cm) with sisal scratching surface, lying areas with plush cover, caves with fleece cover Suitable for claw care and climbing as well as hiding from 25€
Scratching board Material: sisal, for hanging up, laying down or standing up (many shapes) Protects furniture and is suitable for claw care from 5€
Scratching furniture Material: corrugated cardboard Suitable for claw care and sleeping from 7€

You can order these online or buy them in a shop of your choice. You can also find sisal rugs in furniture stores like Ikea.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate cat scratching posts

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate cat scratching posts. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain cat scratching post is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Colour
  • Dimensions base plate
  • Weight
  • Assembly instructions

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Colour

Especially for an object that is to be placed directly in the living room, the colour plays a more than important role. Since sisal, which is used a lot, is a light brown, most scratching posts are coordinated with it.

Therefore, the colours beige, cream and white are predominantly offered. However, there are also many manufacturers who make a contrast with the plush and use grey and black. It depends on your taste and living style which colour you choose. However, you have plenty of choice and offers. Simply look around in the online shops listed above or in the DIY store to find the right colour for you.

When choosing the colour of the cat tree, you should consider the environment where it will be placed. This will make it easier to choose a colour that matches the rest of the furniture in the room.

Dimensions of the base

How much space you have or want to give your cat depends on you. There are all sizes with different sized base plates and different heights.

Even with low scratching posts, the size of the base plates should not be underestimated. Because not only the height but also the width is taken into account here and since there are usually lying areas on the scratching post, these are also very wide. After all, your pet should be comfortable when sleeping.

Weight

The heavier the cat tree itself, i.e. the more weight it has, the less it can be knocked over when climbing up, because it is more stable.

Of course, this only applies if it is not too big, because the bigger the cat tree, the heavier it is compared to smaller models. If necessary, attach the cat tree to a wall so that it cannot be knocked over.

Assembly instructions

If there are no assembly instructions, it can be difficult to assemble a large scratching post that consists of several parts and to screw all the parts together correctly. You should take this into account when making your purchase decision. Or at least check whether the manufacturer offers online video instructions or a download of the instructions.

However, if you order a model that does not come with assembly instructions and you cannot find any online, an email to the manufacturer may suffice. They will be happy to help you with their customer service.

When buying a cat scratching post, pay attention to how difficult the assembly will be and whether instructions are included.

Facts worth knowing about cat scratching posts

Can I build a cat tree myself?

Yes you can! Various online platforms show you how. Check out You-Tube if you prefer a video tutorial. If step-by-step instructions are enough for you, there are numerous DIY Totourials that list the exact instructions. If pictures are enough for you, you can look around on Pinterest and get inspired.

What you need in any case:

Chipboard. You can have them cut to the desired size at the DIY store and attach them to each other with glue.

Sisal rope. This is needed to wrap around the columns and if you want more scratching possibilities, you can also wrap hard cardboard around it and mount it on your model or walls.

Foam. Nobody likes to lie on a hard wooden floor, not even your cat. Use it to line the chipboard before you put the plush over it.

Plush. Plush, fabric or another cosy material to make a nice place that your cat will like to use often.

Picture source: pixabay.de / Beeki

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