Flexpetz Product Reviews
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PetfusionUltimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
Petfusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
A fun and stylish way to entertain your cat
Scratch pad doubles as a lounging perch
BerganTurbo Scratcher Cat Toy
Hours of fun for your kitty
Features a track and ball around the scratch pad
PetstagesCat Scratcher Hammock
Scratcher doubles as a perch
Collapsible “x” design folds away when not in use
May not be the most durable
Petfusion3-Sided Vertical Scratcher
Fun for your cat and stylish for your home
Allows vertical and horizontal scratching
Diversity WorldNatural Sisal Cat Scratching Mat
Natural sisal woven scratcher that looks like a floor mat
Has a sticky back so it won’t slide around
Cat may not recognize it as a scratching pad
How we decidedEvery product we review is purchased with our own funds. No freebies are ever accepted from product manufacturers.
- 84 Models Considered
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- 94 Consumers Consulted
Considerations when buying a cat scratching pad
Last Updated March 2019Logically, every cat is an individual, so it is hard to say with certainty which of the scratchers in our countdown will make your kitty the happiest. Cats are picky creatures! They have definite likes and dislikes about practically everything around them, which includes scratching pads. Cat scratch pads are available in all shapes and sizes, and are made from different kinds of materials. You might need to try a couple different cat scratchers to discover the one that suits your kitty the best. Available types include cardboard, those covered in carpet, sisal, wooden and upholstered. You will find them in different shapes and sizes. If your cat likes to scratch at the legs of your sofa, perhaps a vertical scratcher would suit him the best. If he enjoys scratching on the carpet, a horizontal scratcher might do him better. Once you know the kind of scratcher your cat likes, you can set several of them around your house, to save your furniture.
FAQQ: What is a cat scratch pad? A: It is a textured mat, post or lounger that has a surface that is designed to attract your feline friend. It indulges the cat in her instinct to scratch and play. In addition to keeping those urges satisfied, a scratcher also helps your cat maintain healthy muscles and claws. The upside is that it will save your nice furnishings from becoming ruined. Q: Why do cats scratch? A: The first thing you should know is that your cat isn’t scratching just to spite you. It is in his or her nature. No matter how good the cat is, they need to fulfill their need to scratch. She will scratch when she wakes up from a nap, when she becomes excited, or when she wants to mark her territory. As mentioned, this behavior is essential to her health and well-being:
- It also helps your cat shed the sheath of their nails, which reveals healthy growth underneath. This makes scratching good for conditioning their claws.
- Scratching helps your cat stretch out their muscles in the shoulder and back.
- It is how your cat marks her territory. Tiny scent glands in the paws release pheromones as they press against the scratching post. From these pheromones, other cats are able to identify that your cat has been there.
- Scratching provides an emotional release for your cat. If they feel overwhelmed by any type of emotion, scratching will calm themselves down.