Best cat scratching posts according to redditors

We found 112 Reddit comments discussing the best cat scratching posts. We ranked the 50 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Cat Scratching Posts:

u/Whatamensch · 39 pointsr/HumansBeingBros

Might be this?
Catit Style Scratcher with Catnip - Jungle-Stripe Lounge

u/FosterKittenMama · 20 pointsr/bulletjournal

Oh! Oh! If you can't tell by my username, I can help here!

First of all, based on the $85 fee I'm assuming you're adopting adult cats? Thank you so much! Adult cats take forever to find their furever homes. If they're kittens THANK YOU for adopting them in pairs! It's more important than most people think! But no matter what, the one time fee means that you're choosing to adopt instead of supporting a breeder. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this! I foster kittens that are constantly coming and going, so I've gotten a pretty good list of cheap things that work well. Sorry in advance for the wall of text. If you need ANY help at all when it comes to anything cat related, please ask!

  • Food - Make sure you give them whatever the shelter gives them even if you plan on transitioning. It's important that you do it slowly. Here is a good article about how to do it. I highly recommend not going cheap here. If you spend money on one thing, a good diet is where to spend it on! I recommend grain free and/or limited ingredient diets, but I'm not a vet so I'd talk to yours about specifics.
    • Food bowl: You wouldn't think a little bowl would be so damn expensive, but it is. I have a dozen or so of these bowls for the kittens since I use many at a time, but I'd recommend starting out with 4 and see how you do there. Basically have 4 bowls (two to give to each cat for food, and an extra 2 for when the dirty bowls are in the wash). Almost any bowl will work, including the ones you have, but if you were thinking of buying one of those $73.12 bowls because you think your cat needs it and it has a silicone bottom, don't. They're a huge waste of money.
  • Litter/box: Skip all the weird stuff/scents to put in your litter box to get rid of the smell. Just get unscented litter and baking soda. Sprinkle the baking soda on the bottom of the box, fill half your litter, sprinkle some more, fill the rest of your litter. You will also want 2 litter boxes at a minimum. The general rule of thumb is a box per cat + an extra one. As for litter box, I love this one, and here looks like a cheaper and similar version. As for litter, I HIGHLY recommend clumping because non clumping is a nightmare (we need to use it for very small kittens since they can ingest the clumping and it can hurt them). I use petco's bulk litter and love it. If you have one near you, you can pick up a big bin and refill it as needed for a lower price. Here is the big bag of it, but I think a refill on a 30lb thing is 10 dollars?
  • Scratcher: Cats need to scratch, and they'll do it if you provide them with a scratcher or if you provide them with your own furniture. I would recommend at least one of these for each cat, plus maybe a couple extra depending on how big your home is. I have these everywhere because of of my kitties loves using them as beds. Soft fluffy stuff? Not a chance. Hard cardboard? Now we're talking! He's weird, and one of your beauties may be too. This is the best value one I could find, but really any of them would work. I also like this one because it's bed shaped-ish so they can also lay in it.
  • Vet care: Every year you'll need to get vaccines and preferably a checkup for each one of your cats. I know petco recently started doing a clinic day where they JUST the vaccines for something like 40 bucks or something, but that doesn't come with a checkup which I would recommend. I would ask your shelter about low cost vet clinics in your area, I'm sure they would know! I can't find a link where you can put in your zip code and get a list or I would link it :(
  • Toys: This is probably the easiest category to overspend in so don't. There's a lot of fancy looking toys that are great, but your cat gets bored of them quickly and even the best ones will get destroyed. I highly recommend buying a few kinds of cheap toys and seeing what your cat likes. Then regularly replacing them so it's new and shiny! For toys that'll fit in a bag, I like to have a catnip bag that I put some catnip in with the toys. Every so often I'll take toys out of the bag and the cats lose their minds. If after they get bored they're still in good condition - back in the bag they go!
    • Sparkle balls: These become choking hazards really quick, but cats LOVE THEM. I just bought these and they seem to be holding up well. Just like the food, I wouldn't recommend going cheap on them. The good news though is that even the good ones are still pretty cheap! Your local pet store will usually have good quality ones of these as well. Just don't get those "100 sparkle balls for 2 dollars!" off amazon.
    • Multipack: I LOVE this pack because it has a little bit of everything to see what kitty likes. The only downside is that the tunnel is pretty small. That's perfect for my foster kittens, but not so much for an adult cat. If you get it and the tunnel is too small, donate it to your shelter! Something like this also gives you a cheap way to stock up on a variety of toys.
    • Cat Dancer: I buy these in bulk they're so amazing. The link I'm giving you currently has the price of $4.20, but on November 2nd another seller will have them back at stock for 2 bucks each. I wouldn't buy them at 4 dollars, but at 2 they're a steal. The company also has a thing where you can hook them onto your wall and cats will play with it while you're gone. I bought it but haven't set it up yet. Another thing I LOVE about this is that you can wrap them around something.
    • Fishing pole toy: I call all of these kinds of toys a fishing pole toy. It's essentially a stick with something dangling from it. Cats go CRAZY for them and this is a good and cheap one. I also stick the pole part in couch cushions or between the bed and box spring so it's dangling.
  • Cat tower: Honestly, some cats love them, some cats don't. I would eventually get a cat tower (at least one), but don't let it stop you from adopting! Your local pet store will have tons, but I've seen some very happy people who got a massive crazy one for cheap off amazon. I have 4 (3 for my cats, one for the kitten room) that all get very loved but I honestly have no idea where I got them from or I'd link it to you!
u/CredibilityProblem · 11 pointsr/pics

Nah, not nearly as bad. At least you know what the solution looks like, and can backgoogle it from there. Happy now?

u/yodasmiles · 10 pointsr/aww

Cats freakin' love using these scratch boxes. Punishing your cat for doing something, like sharpening their claws which comes naturally to them, isn't going to have the effect you desire unless you give them an alternative. As for "punishment," it has to immediately follow the bad behavior and be short-lived for an animal to associate a bad consequence with their actions. Furthermore, a sharp "No," and a loud clap are enough. Physical punishment is unnecessary.

u/Morriko · 10 pointsr/Siamesecats

I'm a veterinarian and here's what you need to know about clawing cats.

No matter what you try everything will be useless unless you have a proper scratching post.

A proper scratching post should be 2 inches taller than your cat when it streches out all the way.

The post MUST NOT move when your cat uses it.
You want something heavy enough that your cat could leap on it and climb it with minimal shaking. An unstable scratcher looks like a leaning tree: potentially could kill me. Hanging door know scratches are worthless and your cat knows the door moves.

The post must be covered in something attractive: sisal, cardboard, real wood etc.
You'll see all carpet scratchers which are the best way you tell your cat not to scratch here unless they ONLY love to rip up carpet.

The scratcher must also be your cat's preferred configuration.
If your cat scratches vertically on the side of the couch then the post needs to be vertical. Ho a cat that loves your chairs seats? Must be a horizontal scratcher. Many cats need both.

*The scratcher must be where your cat wants it. Put tinfoil (monitor to make sure your cat won't eat it) or double sided sticky tape on the scratches and put the post right next to the scratches to say "scratch here, not here". Looks ugly? So do the scratches. Do what is necessary.

Buying a short, all carpet kitten scratcher for an adult Siamese guarantees your cat won't use it.

Good Scratcher for adult cats Vertical 1 2
Good Scratcher for adult cats Horizontal 1 2
Good but expensive 12

Bad Scratcher: too short 12
Bad Scratcher: cat can't reach the scratcher part 1 2
Bad Scratcher: poor choice of material for most cats 1 2: the slick picture is no good, the cardboard is fine
Bad Scratcher: it moves too much 1 2

The next step which is critical for your cat is regular manicures by a professional groomer or vet or you who will take the time to feed your cat and desensitize it to nail trims. There is great website by Dr. Sophia Yin which has a video on desensitizing dogs to nail trims. For cats I like chicken baby food, cream cheese or butter. This needs to be done about every two weeks to prevent splitting until your cat has a proper scratcher which it uses to manicure them itself.

Methods to change scratching

More articles on scratching behavior and multicat households

Making a Scratcher in small spaces

Why squirt bottles just don't work

Now, I'm assuming you've tried all these things. I'm going to my doctor but I'll post about declaws, what they are, what to expect, who does them reputably, etc. once I get back. Spoiler alert: I don't do 4 paw declaws.

I am anti-declaw but I am much more anti-cat losing it's home so I will help my clients as best as I can.

Here is the link about declawing:

u/DiscoKittie · 6 pointsr/kittens

Get a good set of cat claw trimmers (honestly I use a pair of wire snips similar to these, they work the best for my skittish kitty). Get him used to them. You don't have to cut them very short, just nub the tips a little. :) I have one cat I have to do when he sleeping, he's a biter when it comes to nail trimming time! :D

Get a rope wrapped scratching post, and/or a cardboard scratching thingee one of the slanted ones. Cats need to scratch things, it helps them shed claw layers. If you don't give them an outlet, they will go after the furniture.

Have fun with him! Love him lots and lots!

u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Ludo! From Labyrinth, he's my favorite :) cat scratcher for my kitty

u/bhlawrence12 · 6 pointsr/slammywhammies
u/dare_dick · 6 pointsr/gifs

I bought 5 different scratching posts. 3 next to my couch and in front of places she used to scratch, 2 next to where she sits in the living room. She even likes to scratch one my suitcase in the bedroom, which I'm perfectly fine with it. I even brought it to the living room next to the couch.

She doesn't like any of that. Catnip doesn't have any effects on her either. I tried to pursue her with laser to shift her attention to other posts. She would scratch them for a bit then she walks away. :D

I love my cat and I'm not complaining in a bad way. I'm just trying to figure her out. That's all.

Edit: those are the posts I bought from Amazon

Edit: those are the posts I bought from Amazon:

u/initialgold · 5 pointsr/AskWomen

All time favorite was my Logitech mx518 mouse. Got it in 2011, still going strong.

My two most recent favorites:

HemingWeigh White Noise Machine – Quality Sounds Masks Disturbing Noise and Reducing Sound for Improved Sleep Relaxation and Enriched Concentration - Built in USB & LED Night Light.

MidWest "Forte" Ultimate Cat Scratching Post w/ Extra-Durable Sisal Wrap, Brown & Tan, Giant XXL Cat Post

Least favorite:

Campsnail Round Flint Shoe Laces - 2 Pairs 3/20" Thick 4.7 ft 550 Paracord Shoelace for Boots, Sneakers - Include Metal Charm and Waterproof Cap (Army Green)

Also I have to say, looking back through my history I realize I have lost a lot of the books I've bought... Makes me kinda sad.

u/x3tripleace3x · 5 pointsr/pics

I completed the arduous task of finding another one.

Here it is.

u/bbdoll · 4 pointsr/Pets

7 isn't really a senior as /u/antigoneelectra pointed out, but that's the age when some health ramifications from previous care start showing up. most owners neglect their cat's teeth and it really starts to become a problem when they're 4+ years old. another issue is UTIs (especially in males) which often pop-up again from a neglectful diet (or simply genetics). both are potentially expensive medical bills.
with that in mind, be financially prepared for a thorough vet check-up as well as a possible additional bill of a few hundred dollars.

don't find what i said discouraging, i think it's very responsible of you and also very insightful of you to get an older cat in your situation! i just wanted to give you a little heads-up on initial costs :)

anyway, adult cats love to lounge around so get them a window seat, a cat tree, a vertical scratching post (cats have muscles that need to be exercised vertically), and a regular scratching post.

consider a wet food diet too. either way, don't free feed as cats are prone to getting bored and grazing all day.

u/need2workout · 4 pointsr/Rabbits

This is the one i got. I also tore off the green paper sides as I didn't want my buns to eat that.

There are other variations, just look up "cardboard cat scratcher"

He also uses it as a ramp to jump on the couch with me


u/polishprince76 · 4 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

2 things help immensely: Get a scratching post made of sisal rope like this and trim your cat's nails. Use regular nail clippers and just trim the ends. Don't cut back to the quick (where the nail switches from clear to colored) or they'll bleed. Might take a team effort to get it the first few times.

I also put double sided tape on the places my cat sharpened her claws for a while, that helped. Cats HATE touching sticky stuff.

u/awkwardlittleturtle · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I don't need double talk, I need this scratching post for our kitty, Ella. I think our recent move still has her a bit stressed out, as she's been scratching stuff a lot more (and being in a rental house, I need something to redirect her ASAP).

I used to Random Button, and /u/m1k30rz popped up first. Looking through his WL, I think his little girl could definitely use this sensory kitty toy! <3

u/octaffle · 3 pointsr/dogs

Pull out the big guns. Go for some cat toys or maybe even electronic toys.

Da Bird is like a flirt pole, but it's got feathers that spin as it flies through the air. It's very birdlike. It's not a dog-strength toy and you'll likely have to replace the feathers after she catches it two or three times, but if she likes it, you can attach the feathers to your dog flirt pole maybe.

Something like this or this drives all the dogs absolutely nuts. The first one with the spinning mouse has survived hard beatings from 4 dogs, but mine is an older product bought when things were still good quality... The crazy circle is great unless the dog chews it excessively or pulls the ball out.

The cat toys that are just feathers on a stick drive my Corgi absolutely ballistic. Add a bell to it and it's an overwhelming amount of fun.

Since she seems to get riled up about chasing, you can try a $20 RC car that you can use indoors. You can also try a Weasel Ball.

Final disclaimer: All of these are the type of toys you pull out to play with for an hour and then put away. They require heavy supervision because they're not meant for dogs.

Edit: Holy shit wtf. That bot comment chain is out of control. I didn't even mention the game. ...

u/CannonballAdderley · 3 pointsr/RandomKindness

My girlfriend and I have three kittens. We are unemployed, disabled, and neither of our financial aid disbursements have arrived. Our cats are destroying all of our furniture for we have been unable to replace their scratching box for months. Thanks for the offer, I hope this might apply.

u/Middleclasstrash · 3 pointsr/CatAdvice

Is his post the kind that stands straight up?
My cat won't use that kind, but will use something like this (which you can even put catnip in)

maybe he'd enjoy that instead? Mine no longer scratches furniture after we gave him that.

u/MrsSmartyPants · 3 pointsr/ShitMomGroupsSay

I’ve been watching a lot of “my cat from hell” on YouTube for tips - so? Anyway, I bought him these exact 3 things 🙂 he really REALLY likes the scratcher lounge so that’s why I bought the 2nd cheaper one to place on the other side of the room.

FEANDREA Cat Tree, Cat Tower,...

isYoung Cat Scratcher Lounge...

Catit Style Scratcher with Catnip...

u/Meeowkitty · 3 pointsr/MaineCoon

Congrats on the MC!

I have two MCs....

  1. Invest in a water fountain! Cats naturally don't drink enough water (which is why they tell u wet food is better to feed ur cat than dry food)


    Also, cats don't like their food and water in the same spot . I found my cats tend to drink way more water and it stays cleaner when they are in different areas. Previously i was cleaning their water daily because my silly cats were dropping their kibbles into the water, or their food was getting sugar ants.


  2. Your new baby will need a scratching post he/she can grow into. My boys use this one religiously (we have 3 posts scattered around the house) but this is their favorite because they can stretch all the way to the top. WARNING: its massive. its very sturdy and pretty wide so if u have a smaller place this may NOT be the post for you.


  3. Food: my kitties were fed taste of the wild at the breeders, but I transitioned them to Orijen cat and Kitten Food. Extremely pricy but as far as dry food goes some of the best.


  4. Cat litter: My previous cats developed issues from the dust from clay based litters. We switched over to something more natural when i got these walnut shells!


  5. Cat Shelves - If you have a blank wall i definitely recommend this! We had to tweak ours a little because the shelves we purchased were entirely too small for Maine Coons. And also had to add supporting brackets. Everyday its a fight on who gets the cat shelves! and if its in a common area, its definitely a way for them to be present and still in their own space up high.


  6. Pet insurance. If you can afford to get ur kitten Pet insurance I recommend this. Maine coons since they are a larger breed are prone to things like hip displaysia, HCM, and other genetic diseases. It makes caring for them a little easier as they get older. We use Healthy Paws Pet insurance for our two Maine Coons and i highly recommend them! I want to say as a kitten they started out between 10 and 20 dollars a month?



    Everyone has given u a lot of wonderful advice here! Some of which i actually wish I knew when i was getting my babies! Good luck and enjoy your new kitten :)



u/Bubba310 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This Though it wont last very long with our cats, they have recently destroyed the one we have. Though still usable it would be nice to have a new one for them to enjoy!


u/Falldog · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

Alligator clips on a stick you mean? Yeah.

All the paint station is just corrugated cardboard. Should just get one of these instead.

u/hannaHananaB · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Either this or this would be great for my kitty. I really need to break him of his scratching our furniture.

u/catnipfarts · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

It really depends on what your cat likes scratching on. Some cats prefer cardboard, some sisal rope, some other surfaces. Some cats prefer horizontal scratching, some prefer angled scratching, and some like to stretch as high as possible.

If you're looking for a "buy it for life" kind of purchase, I recommend this one:

I've had that one for four years with three cats and it looks the same as it did out of the box.

When it comes to my cats favorite scratchers in the world, their absolute favorite is this one, but it doesn't last as long as the plastic ones because it's corrugated cardboard. You have to replace it about every nine months.

If you want to test out whether they are cardboard scratchers before investing you can get a $7 flat cardboard scratcher here. These will last about 3-4 months.

u/catscoffeecandles · 2 pointsr/cats

I actually have 4 of these because my cats love them: TRIXIE Pet Products Parla Scratching Post

You can buy scratchers even taller than that if your cat is really tall or whatever, but my cats are about average size and the one I recommended gives them plenty of room to reach up when scratching. You can also buy fully carpeted scratching posts but my cats prefer sisal rope so I personally don’t buy those.

I haven’t really used the horizontal ones either with my cats but I thought I’d recommend those as an option just in case. If your cat likes scratching trees a lot though... I think starting with a tall, vertical scratching post might be a good idea.

u/atllauren · 2 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

You got some good responses already, but let me add in that going younger (but not necessarily a kitten) will be better if you're worried about leaving the cat home all day. An older cat might be more set in its ways and more difficult to acclimate to that lifestyle, meaning it may be more likely to scratch, pee outside of the litter box, or otherwise revolt.

A younger cat you'll be able to raise around your schedule so it can get used to that without any major headaches.

If you get the cat used to being home alone and free eating (as in, you fill the food bowl and it manages to eat when hungry and not eat the entire bowl because it is there) you'll have some flexibility should you need to go out of town. I feel comfortable leaving my cat alone for 3-4 nights because she'll have plenty of food and is pretty chill by herself.

Before you spend the money (and they are expensive) on a carpet cat tower, try the cardboard scratchers. My cat goes apeshit for these things, and she never touched ONE of the expensive scratching posts I bought her. She used to scratch my furniture -- taking one sofa down to the wooden frame. I found this scratcher
at TJ Maxx for $6.99 and later cheaper on Amazon. They take up a lot less room than the towers, and has been the only thing that saved my furniture.

Also, if scratching becomes an issue on your furniture, Soft Claws are one of the greatest inventions ever. They are little silicone caps that fit over the cat's nails and don't interfere with anything they do. Before I got the cardboard thing, those would prevent damage to my furniture even though cat still went through the motions of scratching. Also, they have fun colors and I get to make her nails red & black during football season. :)

u/Busterthebob · 2 pointsr/cats

All 6 of my cats love these :

u/Stachahof · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Fear cuts deeper than swords

  1. Something that is grey - Wreck This Journal! A post on /r/travel turned me on to this nifty little book that encourages you to do and look at those things you might not otherwise on your vacations and trips. Main WL
  2. Something reminiscent of Rain Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings. This one may be a stretch, but as soon as I read the item list I thought of these. I've always liked calling them rain drops instead of tear drops. Main WL

  3. Something food related that is unusual I didn't think the frying pan on my list would really count as "unusual", hope this counts as "food related." These are a set of vitamins that I saved for my fiance; he loves his drink, and I love him to be healthy. Main WL
  4. Something on your list for someone else This pinstripe fedora is for my fiance. He's had an identical fedora since we began dating several years ago and he's incredibly sentimental about it. The poor thing is worn out though, and I'm not sure if it can be restored. If it can't, I'm hoping he'll be able to learn to love a new one so that we can retire the original respectfully. Main WL
  5. Something related to cats I hope that this counts even though I just noticed it's become unavailable! This reminds me of the book Catzilla that was read to me in elementary school and seems perfect for my own vicious kitties. Main WL
  6. A book you should read I will shamelessly endorse Karen Miller's writing everywhere I go and to everyone I meet. Seriously. She's fantastic. Poor reviews on Amazon, but I chock that up to people not understanding proper plot development. You can trust me on that, I almost have a degree. Books WL
  7. Something for less than $1.00 This was not on my list previously, but it makes me feel sympathy towards home-school moms to need such a tranquil book cover.
  8. Something that is not useful Being able to do calligraphy isn't really a useful art these days, but whenever I see those strokes on /r/penmanshipporn I feel I simply must learn how to do it. It's beautiful. And my handwriting is dreadful. Main WL
  9. A movie that everyone should watch My Neighbor Totoro! I actually just watched this myself for the first time last week! It's just one of those movies that makes you happy and leaves you with a smile. We all need those movies for the days that just get to be too much. Main WL
  10. Something useful for when the zombies attack It doubles as a weapon AND a tool. Can't always buy replacements when the undead are running amok! Main WL
  11. Something that would have a profound impact on your life Fitness has become very important to me in the last year or so and I would like very much to one day have a home gym so that I might always keep myself healthy and fit. This particular item would help me tone my stubborn tummy area and is one of my favorite tools at the gym I work out in. Main WL
  12. Add-on item Just my luck, I would discover add-on items the day this contest begins. I did add these before I saw the contest, but last night I began researching hair products and came across John Frieda. Ordered one product already, hoping to try out these others soon! Main WL
  13. The most expensive item on your list Oh boy. I guess my dream item is actually a toothbrush. My fiance has awful brushing habits. His parents just never really made him do it. Since we've gotten together I've kind of taken up a "mom" role in this area and made sure that he cleans his teeth daily, but there's damage to his gums from neglect. I did a lot of research on the products on the market and this seems like the best tool to help him get healthier gums. He's not totally on board with spending so much on a toothbrush, but I want and need him to be healthy in every way. You know? Main WL
  14. Something bigger than a breadbox The rolling massager is your best friend and your worst enemy at the gym. Using this item after your workout helps to minimize your soreness the next day, but I won't lie. It hurts a bit to use. Main WL
  15. Something smaller than a golf ball Who doesn't love jewelry for your ears? Jewelry WL
  16. Something that smells wonderful Eucalyptus oil! Main WL
  17. A SFW toy I saw this on Top Gear UK and I must have it. When asked by a friend why I would ever need such a thing, I promptly responded, “For when I go spelunking.” Toys WL
  18. Something helpful for going back to school As an English major, I have to buy a LOT of books. My poor overburdened bookshelf is in desperate need of relief. If this weren't my last year, I would absolutely have to buy another bookshelf. As it stands, I'll have to buy a new one soon regardless. Avid readers live here. Main WL
  19. Something related to my current obsession I am an unashamed, unapologetic Whovian.
    Main WL
  20. Something awe inspiring - speaking of Whovians Isn't this fantastic? I've always said the best thing after a bath is the snuggle up with the TARDIS. Gifts WL
  21. Made in Oregon - I've been doing this contest since 7 a.m. I could use this right about now

    WHEW. That took way longer than I thought it would but I think I found everything but what your name is! Thanks for the contest, I had a blast!
u/Miss-E-xo · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Here is Arker, originally my fiancé's cat but he's been with me for a year and a half now 😊
My little king in bed

Watching the wild bunnies outside

Lounging on the dog bed

Edit: he would love new toys or treats! He's the most treat addicted cat I've ever seen. But I'd really love to get him something to scratch like this cat hammock scratcher. I think 35 Canadian is around 30 us or less too!

u/csmith2019 · 2 pointsr/ferrets

'Attach 'n' Scratch' Damage-Free Wall & Surface-Scratcher Cat Scratching Post (Brown)

u/futurexcity · 2 pointsr/catcare

My first cat has been a journey and a great learning experience.

My most important piece of advice is to be consistently patient. Young cats are wild af. Stay calm. Don't cuddle or put your hands on your cat too often. Practice this for YEARS. Seriously... Patience.

Giving the cat space, a scratch pad, and some time outside sniffing around in the grass, chasing birds, talking shit to squirrels... This and plenty of patience, time and being gentle with the cat—I used to pet her more like a dog but kitties are fragile!—has turned our Kitty into the sweetest little cat.

Kitties are magical. Treat your cat with respect, listen to what he has to say, and take your time!


u/BiblioMom · 2 pointsr/AnimalsBeingJerks

This is what I use. It’s about four feet high and super sturdy. Best investment ever. My cats were destroying my furniture until I got this.

MidWest Homes for Pets Cat Scratching Post | Forte Huge Cat Scratching Post w/Extra-Durable Sisal Wrap, Brown & Tan, Giant XXL Cat Post

u/SnowyHawaii · 2 pointsr/cats

or get the cardboard-type cat scratcher... which you can also hanging on the door

u/iliketoworkhard · 1 pointr/cats

Ended up getting this.

u/spencmm · 1 pointr/Gunpla

Screw it I'm going to try a couple of these cat scratching things. Less of a ball ache than cutting all that cardboard down to fit and even trying to glue it. The catnip comes in a separate baggie so I'll just toss that. I'll post something if it's any good

u/Threatlvlmidnight___ · 1 pointr/cats

Have you tried a cardboard scratching board, kind of like this ?

One of my girls refuses to use normal scratching posts but loves those and also uses a post that was handmade and has cardboard squares around it. Could be a texture thing for your kitty, too

u/Tyzan · 1 pointr/DIY

My cats were doing the same thing but I got these cardboard cat scratchers and they don't scratch the carpet anymore, just these things. Otherwise even if you fix it the cat will just scratch again

u/Awildab · 1 pointr/cats
u/flyingfresian · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

That one! It's a scratching toy :)

u/nerdalertdirt · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This cat scratching board would make my week! We are moving into new place and I don't want my cat to be tempted to rip up the furniture. This would be perfect for him!

u/redsharpie8 · 1 pointr/cats

I totally agree with TheCatGuardian's post. We just adopted our first cat from a shelter and he is 8 months old, and honestly he's still a bit of a handful at times (but that should be expected with any new pet). Try to get one over a year, if not closer to 2 years, as ours is still learning how to play nice and not nipping our ankles to get attention. My husband has always had cats, but this was my first pet and we adopted because I've always wanted one. I did a ton of research and here's what I would suggest as far as supplies:

A high sided litter box with rim - to keep them from kicking litter around and the high walls help keep everything inside. I didn't waste the money on litter liners. They seem gimmicky to me.

Pooper Scooper - It's cheap and gets the job done. Nothing else needs to be said about it.

Stainless Steel Bowl(s) - This one gets good reviews and is the perfect size for their food. You can get two, one for wet and one for dry food. Though I got this one for dry and got a cute oval dish at walmart for ~$2 for his wet. Whatever you want.

Slightly larger bowl for water - Make sure they have plenty for fresh water. I give him new water in the AM and evening after work. I know a lot of people rave about water fountains...but honestly I didn't want to spend the money initially, and my kitty seems to be perfectly fine drinking from the bowl. It'd be worth it to see how your cat feels about the bowl...esp since they will be drinking from bowls at the shelter...they shouldn't be too picky. You can spoil them later on if you decide to, but definitely not necessary.

A safety collar - Make sure it is either a break-away or elastic to ensure the cat doesn't get strangled if it climbs and gets stuck on something and is hanging by its neck. I liked this one because it didn't have an annoying bell, though some like the bell to let you find your cat in the house. The collar also ensure that if the cat gets out anyone who finds him will know he belongs to someone and isn't just a feral cat that they can take for themselves.

Scratching Board - Simple and good reviews. Seems like it will last. You can also get one or two cardboard cheaper ones and see what they prefer to scratch on. My cat doesn't really scratch that much...he uses the scratching posts that are part of his cat tree.

Cat Perch - This is the one we got so he can look out the window. It seems like a good balance of expense and functionality...especially at first. The cat might not even like jumping up on things, so at least this is a safe buy since it's not that tall but still lets them get up off the floor.

Cat bed - This one is highly reviewed and really durable. It's machine washable and will last forever. I really love this bed.

Simple toys at first: Wand Toy, Jingle Balls, Ball Circle Thing, Little Catnip Critter. He also likes paper bags, toilet paper rolls, and his laser pointer. I highly recommend the laser pointer...ours is green.

Greenies Treats

As far as food, you want to ask what they feed at the shelter and get a bag of that at first even if you read online that it isn't "the best." We wanted to get our cat on a mainly wet food diet, so we left his shelter dry food out at night, and gave him half a can of wet food in the morning before work, and half a can at night beofre bed ~9PM, and took the dry food away while the wet food was out. We feed him Friskies's actually pretty good for the price. People will get passionate about cat food. Honestly Friskies is fine for us now...they sell it in bulk at Sam's.

Litter - you want to use the kind they use at the shelter so they have comfort in that. You can switch later if you want.

You might also want to get nail clippers and a brush. Our cat is long haired and I like using a comb, but it's really up to you.

As far as gimmicks I would assume that if it seems like a luxury it probably isn't necessary. Cats are very happy with simple things. The vitals are what I listed...a bathroom, food and water (bowls), a few toys, somewhere to scratch, somewhere to get up off the floor, and a safety collar. The bed isn't absolutely vital, but it's nice for them to have somewhere that they feel secure and happy...even if they don't use it at first.

u/oshtep · 1 pointr/funny

Not exactly the same thing, but I've never seen a cat that doesn't love those x shaped cardboard scratching posts. My cat loves it, and my parents kittens sleep on top of each other on it, assuming they didn't just fight over it with the loser taking the real scratching post.

u/valiantdistraction · 1 pointr/ragdolls

I used one of those pheromone collar things with my cat when I brought him home and I think it helped. I got him as an adult (~2.5ish years old) from a rescue and the people there swear by them, and I figure they'd know since they have cats coming and going all the time. He cried in the carrier in the car, but he always does that.

I highly recommend Tidy Cats Breeze litter system. It is much easier to deal with than clumping litter, imo. I fill it with two bags of the pellets and replace roughly once a year. I get little dog poop type bags to scoop the poop into (I do it every day/every other day - I know people who go a week but my cat screams at me if I don't keep it clean) and put the pee pad in (I change 1x/week and I sprinkle Tidy Cats litter deodorizer across the new one). I also move the pellets around and wipe down the litterbox interior with clorox wipes and spray the pellets with Nature's Miracle. You can also wash the pellets in bleach water and put them back in rather than buying new but that sounds like too much work for me. I don't know how switching over would go because my cat just used it straight away.

My cat loves toys like this:
He also likes little balls, especially if they're those ones with the kind of... hollow bits... so he can pick them up with his teeth and carry them.
Also, he is WAY more into carrying his toys into whatever room I'm in than any of my previous cats. He wants himself and all his things with me all the time. He will pull all his toys out of his toy bucket and carry them into my bedroom and put them right on top of me when I'm asleep. (He also has never used a pet bed and just sleeps either in my bed or in the armchair in my office or on the couch, depending on where I am. He likes to just hang out by me most of the time, even when he's asleep.)

I have a steel comb and a metal slicker brush for grooming. I don't use the furminator because it cuts his fur... it DOES completely eliminate hairballs, but it gives his coat this weird jagged appearance and tbh if I was that into completely eliminated hairballs, I'd trim his fur shorter with an electric trimmer (when he came from the rescue it was like that) so it was all even and nice. But regular brushing and combing and a periodic shower keeps him nice and we only get hairballs when the season changes into summer. My cat sheds A LOT and I have to do a light brush every day or two and a more thorough one weekly, especially in his armpits to keep the fur from matting. I also use small grooming scissors to trim his interior thigh and butt area because he can get "danglies" if I don't, and imo the fur smells a little funky in that area if it isn't short enough to be out of the way of his business.

I bathe him every several months - idk what would work best for your cat but for us I just bring him in the shower with me, wash and rinse him, wash and rinse me, turn the shower off and wring out as much as possible, wrap him in a towel and hold him like that for a while to absorb the water, then blow-dry. It's not too bad. He cries and tries to escape but he doesn't try that hard, and he looks so nice afterwards. He doesn't watch me shower like a lot of cats do but it's very clearly because he's worried he'll be washed, lol. I don't let him in the bathroom when I'm using it because it's creepy to have him staring but he usually waits right outside the door.

For whatever reason, this is my cat's favorite style of scratcher:
I've tried many others but he basically only wants this one.

u/NoLockedThreadsBot · 1 pointr/NoLockedThreads

Original post: I was in tehran(capital of iran) and saw this in front of a coffee shop. The waiter explained: “ we tried to take him home with us but he would just escape and come back here so we made him a little bed and give him food and water daily and when it’s cold he’ll just sleep inside the shop”


Author: Kasia_Kalon Body: Awww they gave him a little scratching post too. He probably considers the coffee shop his home and that's why he always goes back. No place like home!

Author: gorcorps Body: We have the same scratcher (we call it the kitty couch) and they LOVE it. It gets teared to shreds, slept on, then replaced so it can start all over again.

Author: ReleaseTheKraken72 Body: We have the same one too! Out of all their scratching posts, this is by far their most favourite they have ever had!!

Author: RedcoatsWife Body: Can I have the name of said scratching post please? I need a good one so bad for my very weird, picky cat.

Author: Whatamensch Body: Might be this? Catit Style Scratcher with Catnip - Jungle-Stripe Lounge

Author: MaritMonkey Body: My cat's mostly grown out of scratching stuff, but at one point we were going through those things weekly so we started cutting ~2" strips of cardboard and gluing them together into a plank (like this). If I had it around I'd sprinkle catnip between the "boards." If you also suffer from an overabundance of spare cardboard in your life, this could be a budget solution. :D

Author: TrimiPejes Body: On a sidenote, how is Teheran? Always wanted to visit

Author: krkzrm Body: I was actually worried about visiting but it was actually pretty great. It’s really big and populated and it can be kinda confusing and the transportation system is not the best but it was a good experience overall

Author: TrimiPejes Body: Thx bro

Author: LlamaramaDingdong86 Body: Are foreign women required to wear a hijab or can I go bare haired?

Author: Seskapill Body: Women must cover their hair while outdoors, but it's not extreme like in SA, you can leave some hair out of the front (see these for example)

Author: LlamaramaDingdong86 Body: Thanks for the good answer with pictures.

Author: MM__21 Body: Actually those examples are not exactly accurate. You have a high chance of getting arrested if you show that much hair. Maybe like an inch or three. Either way, you should still go! Amazing food and places to see. Edit: Some people have pointed out it is fine, so wear it how you want I guess. But people I know usually cover most of their hair when they visit to avoid getting in trouble. Edit #2: Looks like things have changed from how I remember it, so you probably wont get arrested.

Author: LlamaramaDingdong86 Body: Based on travel shows like No Reservations, it seems we all have more in common than media and government leads us to think. The common people of any given country are more alike and peaceful towards each other than their political leaders. I have dreams of making enough money to travel to very far away places like Iran. One day.

Author: samdavi Body: They’re waaay more lenient on foreign women than Iranian women. The pictures are pretty accurate.

Author: Tark1nn Body: french but talks about women's role in Iran, definitely not what we think it is.

Author: alikh1010 Body: It’s crowdy, big and beautiful. I live in Tehran so ask me if you need any information.

Author: pedoreus Body: Salam azizam.

Author: Oirammario12345 Body: Azizam salam

Author: krkzrm Body: Doset darm asheqetam vasalam

Author: pedoreus Body: Man ye irani hastam vali to soed. Teheran Che khabar?


u/xerexerex · 1 pointr/cats
u/xooxanthellae · 1 pointr/BeforeNAfterAdoption

Sorry to be judgey... I just can't fathom getting rid of my cats. To me that's like saying "My son messed up the furniture so I'm putting him up for adoption."

Here are some options for [kitty caps] (

Also, you have a [scratching post] ( for them, right? Cats need to scratch, so if they don't have a scratching post they will scratch the furniture.

Another option is to put this [double-sided tape stuff] ( on the furniture where they scratch. They hate sticky stuff so they'll avoid it. After a while they learn and I think you can take it off.

u/PickanickBasket · 1 pointr/lifehacks

Double-sided sticky tape on the blinds where she can reach (temporary). Rub delicious foods or catnip on the scratching post, and scatter treats on and around them. You should have MULTIPLE posts out for them- tall ones, "loungers", wide ones. What kind of scratching posts do you have right now? We have a mixture of the cardboard ones and rope and one of these carpet ones and our cat prefers the rope and mostly ignores the cardboard, but other people swear by the other kinds, so I think some cats just have a preference. This cat house is my cat's FAVORITE thing to claw on, but she also likes her lounger which can be easily mounted to the wall instead of we wanted to switch things up.

u/glass_tangerine · 1 pointr/cats

Omg she's beautiful. Never seen a kitty quite like that.

If you care about your furniture get scratching posts or cardboard cat scratchers.

That's a cheap one from amazon.

If she scratches something show her the scratcher and scratch it yourself a few times.

Also cats hate the feel of tin foil so tape it anywhere she starts scratching to break the habit.

A lot of cats respond well to high perches. It let's them feel safe because they see everything going on. If you sense agression or mistrust, make more perches.

u/Runawaii · 1 pointr/Pets

There are bitter sprays but they may stain and they don't smell great. I only use it when training kittens not to chew cables. Double sided tape on the couch for a month or two and catnip spray for the scratching post might work. You could also try different types of scratching posts that allow for different postures. I have 2 cats and they use 2 differently oriented posts because they feel more comfortable that way. Even though I have plenty to cover both cats of several varieties they have their favorite and gravitate towards the posture that they like.

Example 1 - Angled and Flat

Example 2 - Tall and Flat

Example 3 - Tall and Round

u/do_you_realise · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

Thanks for the reply. For horizontal scratchers we've been trying to get her to use doormats that we've already got throughout the house. She seemed happy to scratch them, and we've already got them, so I figured let's try to convince her to use those rather than buy another piece of cat furniture which she might never look at (like the scratching post)

The issue just seems to be the differentiation; she just wants to scratch wherever she's currently standing, regardless of whether it's a "good" or "bad" place to scratch.

By cardboard ones do you mean something like this?

u/TheDivineOomba · 1 pointr/cats
u/grooviegurl · 1 pointr/CatTraining

Put ascratching post on your door where the cat is scratching. See if your roommate will let him out (get a second litter box) when she gets up, and maybe open your door when she leaves. The cat isn't going to sleep longer until it gets older, and isn't going to stop waking you up if its trapped when it wants to be free. You can at least protect your door though.

u/pixis-4950 · 1 pointr/doublespeakgutter

mistanddry wrote:

cat nip your cat areas, and give the cat a place that you respect as hers and not yours (for me this meant blocking up under my bed with a small cat-sized entrance for the cat to hide in, so she can go somewhere she knows I won't annoy her at.) The cat nip will help steer her towards the areas you want her in, and giving her her own space will curb her resentment towards you and your things ;)

Also put a scratching post or plank or whatever in every major room your cat hangs out in. I use the cheap cardboard ones and my cat loves them.

u/SacredBeard · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


I like this scratcher more than the other one so i would recommend this one.

I saw also that there is catnip on the list. Did you ever tried it before? Because some cats just do not care about it at all.

u/EqualizerKitty · 1 pointr/CatGifs

Where'd you guys get it?

Eta: found this on amazon, Hyde & EEK! Boutique Basic Cat Scratcher

u/RarScaryFrosty · 1 pointr/cats

Cat expert here, used to work for the Animal shelter in town dealing with cats for number of years.

  1. Use a water sprayer with cold water if you catch the cat doing something bad like scratching, or getting ontop the dining the table while everyone is eating. It takes time and patience, but the cat will soon learn what is right and wrong.

  2. For scratching, get some sisal scratching posts like these.

    Sisal lasts a long time and is very durable unlike carpetted scratchers or cardboard. Trimming your cat's front claws are also a good option. You may even be able to find a nice already de-clawed cat for adoption locally, but I cannot recommend purposely declawing a cat unless it's your ABSOLUTE LAST RESORT. Imagine someone cutting off the first joint of your fingers, yea...that's what they do to cats.

  3. family is technically allergic to cats, they always hated when I'd come home from the shelter with cat hair and dander all over my clothing. As far as the house, with one cat, no one has issues with allergies, even if they get close and personal with the cat. Everyone's different, depends on your wife.

  4. As far as smell, it's usually poor cleaning of the litterbox, and bad litter choice. Personally I use Tidy cats clumping litter that comes in the giant yellow buckets at Target and Walmart. I scoop my cat;s box once in the morning when I wake up, and once before I go to sleep at night. My house has no cat smell at all.

  5. Look to adopt! Find the right cat with the right personality that your entire family can agree upon. Spend time with the cat and get to know it. Don't just drop $500 for a breeder cat and hope things work out. Adoption is great because most shelters will spay/neuter the cat, give them all the medical attention they may need, and any vaccines. Adoption is cheap and a fairly simple process. Just go to the shelter this weekend and start your search!

    EDIT: Also I just realized reddit turned my #'s 4, 5, and 6 into 123.....