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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-21-2008, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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carpet scratching posts

hello all,

as far as scratching posts surfaces, what are your favorites?

i have a concern about carpet scratching posts, does the cat just end up tearing the carpet and making a mess? or can it be pretty durable.

how about perforated cardboard, are those durable?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-21-2008, 10:15 PM
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We have both - the carpet ones are fine as long as they are well-made. Occasionally Gracie pulls a loop of yarn out, but the posts are not bald or anything, and there's not threads hanging everywhere.

I would try to stay away from the cheap mass-produced scratchers at the big box stores, and see if you can get decent one at an independent pet store. The better ones are very heavy, with solid posts not hollow ones, staples as well as glue...You can tell if they are flimsy or if they are sturdy, just look closely.

The sisal covered ones we have are good too, Gracie likes both styles. She also has a few cardboard scratchers, which have lasted just fine, she doesn't use them all that much.

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Cats will eventually make a mess of the post, but it takes a long time. Cleaning up a few fibers sure beats buying a new couch.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 02:05 AM
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I have a couple of sturdy carpet covered posts, and numerous cheap cardboard scratch pads. I like the scratch pads 'cause they're so cheap and you can renew them by just sprinkling catnip on them till they get shredded to oblivion.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 09:46 AM
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The short carpet posts never seem to wear out, and I found it is because my cats don't really USE the short posts. I bought a 3' tall carpet post that they LOVE! They have used it so much, they've 'combed' the carpet at the top 1/3rd and it doesn't work well for scratching anymore.
SO...I took a pair of Hubby's ruined work-jeans and cut/sewed a leg to fit snugly over the carpet post and now they love scratching on that!
I also have a 3' tall sisal post they love. Curly will leap across the room onto it and rock it almost to the floor. After seeing them with the sisal, I have mentally marked that as one of their faves, along with cardboard.

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