"Indestructible" cat scratching post

by Divinus Oculus

I'm looking to get my cats a new scratching post. My male tears through the rope in them quickly and I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a more durable material than the thin rope standard posts are wrapped in.

Is Burlap stronger? I don't cut their nails very often so they tend to have long sharp nails. Any advice on scratching post materials will be helpful, thank you.

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Sisal is strong, wood is stronger
by: Kurt (Admin)

Sisal fibers are very strong, which is why it's traditionally been used to make rope and twine. If you're getting good quality scratching posts where the rope is made of thick sisal, then those should be pretty durable.

Some have thicker rope than others, though, so you might want to compare what you've been buying to some of the other models out there.

Burlap is a canvas fabric that is often made of woven sisal. My concern with that is that since it's a fabric, it's likely going to be thinner than the sisal rope scratching posts.

I have no experience with this, but I'm wondering if it holds up as well as the sisal rope. There is also the risk of the fabric being torn or ripped and pulled off the scratching post by active cats. Some reviews I've seen of these type of products have mentioned that.

Although they tend to be less well known and more expensive, there are some models that use real wood as the scratching surface. For example, I saw a finished cedar scratching post on Etsy, and I've seen some that use logs of various kinds. If you're into DIY, you could get some wood and see if your cat goes for it.

I've been using cardboard scratchers, and even though they're a bit messy, they seem to hold up surprisingly well. Jazzy uses his Petfusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge constantly. The company sent it to me to try out over a year ago, and he still loves it.

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