Has anyone used the Emery Cat board?

by Kurt (Admin)

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Has anyone used the Emery Cat board scratcher? There are many complaints posted online about the Emery Cat scratcher, so I thought I'd throw this question out there. If you've used the product, I'd like to hear your reviews.


There's a petition online to boycott the product due to a safety issue. It claims that the product is made from a foul smelling glue and glass particles, which cats might ingest.

At least one post in an online forum has said that a vet claimed that the product can damage a cat's claws.

The complaints about the product being cheaply made, deceptive online ordering practices, and many cats simply not showing interest in the product has also got my curiosity. Some have said that their cats do use it, but that it doesn't really trim their claws.

So, I thought I'd get some feedback. If you've bought this product and had a good or bad experience, let us know. Please let us know if you've used this product and give us a quick review or opinion on how your cat likes it (or does not).

Please have your say in the comments. Thanks!

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Cat uses all the time
by: Tom Kearns

My 4 yr. old cat uses it all the time. It took a month or so before she really took to it. No longer does she scratch furniture. I can't say it dulled her claws much, but she runs to it constantly. It's worn out and I can't locate replacements!

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3rd cat Loved it
by: Greg

I have had this product through 3 cats my first 2 cats were older and would like everyone else said they wouldn't touch it. My new kitten we rescued is an odd cat not odd in a bad way but totally different than my other cats. He just loves it. It is the only scratcher he will use. I can't find refills anywhere so if any of you comment posters that does not like the product would like to get some money back on any unused refill I would be glad to take it off your hands. Post your refills on Ebay and maybe I will find them.

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Loved the emery cat board!
by: Tricia C

Both of my cats loved this thing, and I'm so upset that I can't find the refills at Petco or anywhere anymore. I felt like it really helped keep their nails down more than cardboard. Super Bummed!

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All My Cats Love It
by: Renee Wilson

I have used this item with several cats and they all have loved it. I have seen no damage whatsoever to any of my cats. The cat I have now loves it so much, he actually curls up around it and sleeps through the night. I wish refills were available.

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Petstages Emery Cat Scratcher
by: Dolores

I have two cats one loves it the other won't go near it. Helps to trim their nail especially if they are an indoor cat.

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Had 2 cats that used the Emry Board all the time. Trying to find a refill.
by: Rich

Our cats loved the Emroy board. Wish I could find refill.

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Emery board for cats
by: Kat

My cats absolutely loved this product. I wish I could find someone who had a few (or 10) to sell! It’s a shame they took it off the market for these complaints. Ridiculous.

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My cats love it!
by: Anonymous

My cats absolutely love it! I've had every scratcher known to man and they never paid attention to them. I got one when my oldest sisters where 7 and they started using it right away (I put catnip on it).

I recently rescued 2 more sets of sisters and 1 of the 2 yr olds uses it and both 1 yr olds use it. one's going nuts on it as I type. Don't believe the b.s. complaints. I've had it for 4 years and it's never damaged their nails, glue never made them sick (1 vet said) people complain and boycott everything. Not sure about ordering and mailing, just go buy one for $20 at Walmart or a Pet Supply store like Pet Supplies Plus. Once a year I replace the board itself for $10.

They also have a cool round one now that has a rail and ball to chase. I can't wait to get one! And Drug Mart and drug stores have cheaper ones for only $8. I got my aunt a few because her kitten was tearing up their $5000 leather furniture and she quit after about a month.

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emery cat board
by: Anonymous

I have four cats. One of them destroyed the toy after five minutes. None of the cats would have anything to do with the emery cat board. No interest at all. I guess it was a waste of money.

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Thanks for your review!
by: Kurt (Admin)

Thanks Pat, your comment underscores the sentiment expressed in the postings around the Web that many cats show little interest in the scratching board itself (but some do like the mounted toy).

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Emery cat
by: Pat Klynott

Saw this advertised on TV and thought it would be the greatest thing for my cat Felix. And thought maybe it would save me a lot of money and the hassle of taking him to the groomer to have his mails clipped. I was able to get it at CVS. My cat won't go near it. I tried everything. He likes the regular scratcher with the vertical post in the center.

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Love it
by: Anonymous

This is the only scratcher my cat will use. I have tried basic cardboard, sisal etc. She won't touch them. Can't find refills anywhere!(that is why I gave it 4 stars) I've been looking for months. My cat is now destroying my Newell post.:(

Anyone who's cat loved this and found a replacement their cat liked I'd appreciate any info.

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Won't touch it
by: Lauren

My cats won't even try the board out. They love the feather toy but play with it next to the board. Catnip and treats did nothing. Pretending to scratch at it myself, usually works, did nothing. They won't even give it a shot and prefer plain cardboard.

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emerycat scratcher
by: catwoman

i have a cattery and breed persians. i have 16 cats of my own and my cats love scratching , they have sisal ,cardboard and emery scratchers. i have never had a complaint. they last long ,im now on my 2 refill only in 3 years- that does not mean , its not used, --it just really lasts long!. i replace my cardboard ones more often. but just about all my cats are drawn to the emery cat scratcher. they love it.
no complaints from me or my cats

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Ok Product
by: Dan

I would Have given it a 5, but you cannot find refills. Seems to me petstages quit producing refills so you have to buy complete setup. Greedy company! Currently looking for another scratching device for my cat. Will not buy any petstages products again!

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4 claws down
by: Anonymous

My 2 Persian/Siamese kittens (8 mos old) didn't want anything to do with it though they did like the toy but shied away from the scratcher part. I think it might rip up their paw pads as well as their nails and cats being so smart know this without even trying. They love to scratch sisal, carpet, and cardboard scratchers so I think that's the reason. It felt extremely abrasive on the whole scratch part. If it were only abrasive where the nail goes(inside) it may have worked.

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