Best Cat Scratching Posts in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 13, 2021
Cat scratching posts allow cats to relieve stress and secure claw health. The best cat scratching posts will also be able to entertain and engage cats to spare furniture and keep them occupied when you're unable to entertain them. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Type
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Warranty
 
PROS

The base is wide and stable, great at eliminating wobbling and tipping. The materials encourage and inspire scratching, so there's very little chance cats will be choosing various furniture pieces over this post. 

CONS

The corners are pretty sharp.

OUR VERDICT

The SmartCat The Ultimate Scratching Post will combine play and exercise. Large cats will be able to fully stretch and even tone muscles. You won't have to worry about the post snagging nails. The product will relieve stress and guarantee that necessary satisfactory scratch.

detailed parameters
Type

Scratching post

Sizes

41 x 41 x 89 cm

Materials

Woven sisal, MDF 

Extras

Assembles with included screws

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The natural fibrous sisal makes the post pleasant to scratch. Plus, along with jute, the woven sisal prevents it from tearing or wearing out with time. Meanwhile, the heavy chipboard base keeps the post stable, making the model skid-resistant. 

CONS

A bit wobbly.

OUR VERDICT

The Dimaka Tall Cat Scratching Post will save furniture, 'convincing' cats that the post is more attractive than the touch. Measuring 74 centimetres call, the post will accommodate pretty large cats, whereas the 36- x 36-centimetre base will require very little space.

detailed parameters
Type

Scratching post

Sizes

36 x 36 x 74 cm

Materials

Woven sisal, jute, plush, MDF

Extras

Hanging toy, Assembles with included screws

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
The non-slip feet on the base will let you place this post even on a slippery surface without worrying that the cat will move it around with ease. Everything that you need to assemble this post is included in the box. 
CONS

The cardboard inner tube becomes weak with time. 

OUR VERDICT

The Trixie Parla Scratching Post is a bit more affordable but, in most respects, just as good as the more expensive cat scratching posts. Plus, you can pick between beige and platinum grey and make the post fit your décor,

detailed parameters
Type

Scratching post

Sizes

40 x 40 x 62 cm

Materials

Woven sisal, plush, MDF

Extras

Assembles with included screws

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The high-strength MDF protects the post from deformation. All of the materials that this model implements are non-toxic and safe for kittens. Besides two toys, the post comes outfitted with a bed rest on top. 

CONS

The top keeps unscrewing.

OUR VERDICT

Until your kittens grow up and require a larger bed, treat them to the Zubita Cat Tree Tower. With this tower, the little balls of fur will be able to keep their nice little claws healthy without tearing apart everything around them at home.

detailed parameters
Type

Scratching post with a rest bed

Sizes

26 x 26 x 30 cm

Materials

Woven sisal, jute, plush, MDF

Extras

2 x hanging toys, Assembles with included screws

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

You can place the post vertically or horizontally. The cats can climb the post or use the hubby hole for play and exploration. The curved shape will let felines choose between various scratching angles and stretch however they want.

CONS

The post might sometimes leave cardboard debris. 

OUR VERDICT

The PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching Post will be able to protect your furniture and different surfaces since cats will love this post more than them. The product ensures great exercise, promotes healthy claws, and lets cats relieve stress.

detailed parameters
Type

Scratching post

Sizes

Large: 61 x 27 x 54 cm

Standard: 46 x 27 x 41 cm

Materials

Recycled cardboard

Extras

Multiple scratching angles, No assembly required

Warranty

6 months

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Smart Cat The Ultimate

PLAY AND EXERCISE

The SmartCat The Ultimate Scratching Post is pretty much what the name suggests. Sure, there's no ultimate scratching post, but the product comes pretty darn close to the title.

First off, the 32-inch height lets even huge cats fully stretch and tone muscles. At the same time, the 16- x 16-inch will be able to eliminate tipping and wobbling, so you won't have to adjust the post every few days.

The corners are pretty sharp, that's where the product somewhat drops the ball. That being said, you cannot make these posts stable and secure without incorporating sharp corners, so that's a trade-off.

As far as construction is concerned, the fibrous and durable woven sisal is an excellent choice since the material naturally inspires and encourages scratching, so cats will be more likely to choose the post rather than some furniture piece. Plus, this thing is much better than carpeted posts since those can sometimes snag nails.

You'll have no issues assembling the construction using the two screws that come supplied with the package. Last but not least, the subtle colours and the wooden base make the post good enough to add to most settings, meaning you can place this thing wherever you want without worrying about ruining the space's vibe.

Review of Smart Cat The Ultimate Scratching Post
Last updated price £39.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B000634MH8

 

Dimaka 29" Tall

Going Tall

The Dimaka Tall Cat Scratching Post fits tall cats and small cats alike. Incorporating a thick cardboard tube and wrapped with natural fibrous sisal, this post is as pleasant to the touch scratch as it is sturdy. Plus, the jute and fibrous sisal rope that this post integrates will make sure that the model does not tear or wear out within the first few months.

Furthermore, with the base tower adopting heavy chipboard covered with soft plush, the model always remains stable, preventing it from tipping and wobbling. At the same time, the soft plush that covers the post should satisfy even the most spoiled cats. Besides remaining skid-resistant, the model also provides a soft landing spot for cat's feet.

Size-wise, at 36 x 36 x 74 centimetres, the post is pretty tall (as you'd presume from the name) but, apart from that, the model measures more or less the same that 9/10 cat scratching posts measure. You can choose from 5 colours, including brown, dark brown, light grey, blue, and beige, matching the room's decorative scheme.

Assembling the post should take you 4 minutes tops, using the screws that come with the package. So, get this post and protect your indoor and outdoor furniture from an untimely demise.

Review of Dimaka 29" Tall Cat Scratching Post
Last updated price £23.45
Stock In stock
ASIN B07DMSR98Q

 

TRIXIE Pet Products 62 cm

Made More Affordable

The Trixie Parla Scratching Post is a little more basic than the previous two posts, with the price reflecting this difference as well. This is not the cheapest model out there but it is quite a bit more affordable than what we've come to expect from half-decent cat scratching posts. The cardboard inner tube becomes weak with time, that's the one part of this post that we do not necessarily like. Aside from that, we've no major complaints.

To go with the MDF tube, the post features woven sisal and plush. Whilst the former attracts cats, making them choose this post over furniture, the latter keeps the model soft so that cats do not feel uncomfortable playing with it.

From a construction perspective (other than the materials that we've just covered), the best part is the small but effective non-skid feet on the base. Preventing the post from skidding and sliding, these feet ensure that this tower does not move around when that's not necessary.

In the size department, the model measures 40 x 40 x 62 centimetres, making the pot pretty compact. In other words, if you cannot afford to spare ample space but would still like to keep your feline friend entertained without sacrificing your furniture, the Trixie Parla Scratching Post should prove right up your alley.

Review of TRIXIE Pet Products 62 cm Parla scratching post
Last updated price £16.94
Stock In stock
ASIN B000NE2X3U

 

Zubita Kitty Furniture

Cat Tree

Measuring 26 x 26 x 30 centimetres, the Zubita Cat Tree Tower will work wonders for kittens and small cats but, as you would expect, will not quite fit medium-sized and large cats. At this size, grown cats will find the post pretty boring. Kittens, on the other hand, should appreciate this tower quite a bit.

They should appreciate the two hanging toys that come with this tower that also mean that the model should be able to satisfy two cats at the same time. What's more, the post comes equipped with a rest bed, so while one cat is playing with the toy(s), the other cat can rest atop the tower. Likewise, they should appreciate the plush cover, making the post soft and plush.

In the same vein, the cats' owners should be more than fine with the woven sisal and jute that this tower integrates, protecting it from fierce claws tearing the structure apart. What they might not be quite as fine with is the top that sometimes unscrews no matter how hard you screw it. On the upside, the screws that are required to put this post together arrive with the box, so you won't have to buy a single tool or accessory separately.

In conclusion, the Cat Tree Tower will help you kittens grow healthy and keep them entertained throughout.

Review of Zubita Kitty Furniture Scratching Post Cat Tree Tower,
Last updated price £13.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B076D8YTYG

 

PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical

MULTIPLE SCRATCHING ANGLES

Cats love the PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching Post. First, what we have here is a scratcher and a comfortable play area, keeping finicky felines engaged and occupied. The vertical base promotes and encourages horizontal scratching, which is more comfortable and natural for cats. At the same time, the curved shape provides multiple scratching and stretching angles.

The post looks stylish and fancy, which is not something we can say about most scratching posts. You can put this thing anywhere you want and even likely elevate the living space's aesthetics. At the very least, the neutral colour scheme means the post won't stand out.

From the construction and size standpoints, the product is available measuring at 21" x 24" x 10.5" (large) and 18" x 16" x 10. 5" (standard). Whatever size you order, the post arrives constructed from recycled cardboard. Cats love these. Plus, more often than not, recycled cardboard posts last longer than sisal scratching posts. The downside is that the post might sometimes leave cardboard debris when the cat(s) get too excited.

Other than that, the PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching Post will satisfy not only your feline companion but also you. It looks great too.

Review of PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching Post

Additional Info

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Last updated price £49.95
Stock In stock
ASIN B00UVNSASA

 

What Is a Cat Scratching Post?

Cats have this natural impulse that persuades/sways them to condition their nails via scratching various surfaces. This way, cats are able to remove dead layers and keep their nails not only sharp (something that they've always done to survive) but also healthy.

Of course, you don't want these "various surfaces" to include expensive furniture pieces, which is where cat scratching posts come into play. Providing an outlet for the cats' scratching compulsions, these posts are usually able to prevent big-time property damage. At the same time, they're keeping cats healthy and happy.

More often than not, these posts adopt various materials like jute fibre and sisal that naturally attracts cats, persuading them to choose the posts instead of different surfaces throughout the house. Also, these materials are usually tough enough to endure constant severe scratching. Apart from that, the posts we're talking about here will sometimes come equipped with various toys and lounge spots that cats can use to entertain themselves and relax.

Though versatile, these constructions are seldom as cosy as cat houses and as entertaining as cat trees though, so you might want to look into these too.

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Publish Date: 2020-12-07 20:23:18