Reach for the stars (and scratch a little when you get there)! The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post has a 32" post height that allows cats to get a full stretch, tone their muscles, and mark their territory without clawing walls or curtains. It's covered in a fibrous woven sisal that won't snag nails like carpet-covered scratch posts.
Sturdy 16" x 16" base keeps post from tipping and wobbling.
32" post height allows your cat to stretch vertically while using the post (important for territorial marking purposes and for toning muscles).
Fibrous and durable woven sisal naturally inspires scratching and relieves cat's stress without snagging cats' nails.
Attractive and neutrally toned to fit in with any home decor.
Assembles quickly and easily with two included screws.
Place the post in a room where the cat spends a lot of time. Cats often like to stretch and scratch when they wake up from a nap.
To introduce the post to your cat try using catnip as a lure. (For most cats a lure is unnecessary, but fun.) Rub catnip onto the sisal material and call the cat over to the post.
Scratch your nails along the surface of the material. This will attract the cat and at the same time teach him where to scratch.
After your cat begins to scratch, praise him and give him a food treat. (Small kittens can be trained to climb the post by showing them food treats and placing it at the top of the post.
If your cat has already been scratching a piece of furniture, place the post directly in front of it.
Temporarily cover the previously scratched areas with a few strips of double-sided carpet tape or clear double-sided tape strips that are designed for this purpose. This will help redirect your cat’s scratching activities to the post.
I’ve got three of these posts (one new, two that are 3 years old) and my cat uses all of them multiple times per day. He also never scratches any furniture, as these are tall enough for him to stretch out and get a grip near the top. In fact, the two older ones had the sisal rope worn away near the top where he reached. I took the base off and flipped the tower upside down and screwed the base to the former top and now have renewed life in the post. He still loves them. I’ve bought 3 additional towers for friends’ cats and they too love them (although some have taken awhile to start using them).
Better than nothing else to scratch on
on Sep 15, 2018Top 250 Contributor
Bought this for my 2 cats, but only one will use it, & even that one doesn't seem thrilled with it. The sissal cloth only seems to be attached in 2 places. On the rest of the post, it's loose. Cat seems to have a hard time getting a grip on it to scratch. The wooden base consists of 2 pieces (halves), & no matter how often I tighten it, the gap between the pieces reappears. The only positive thing I can say is that the height is good for a big cat who likes to stretch. Will be purchasing something to replace this very soon. Keep shopping. There are better scratching posts out there. This one was not worth the price.
Saved the couch!!
on Jul 18, 2018
Our large kitty ruined our old couch with scratching! When we got new furniture I knew something had to be done. I got this post after reading articles saying cats need to stretch out fully when they scratch (sounds like our old post was too small) and they also like to have their post in a prominent position so they can "show off." Upon setting up this post, I followed the articles' and other reviewers' advice by rubbing catnip all over it and praising him with treats when he scratches the pole. It has worked like a dream! The sisal fabric works much better than the "wrapped" post we used to have and this is sturdy so it isn't tippy. It is large but is a small sacrifice over having our furnitureOur large kitty ruined our old couch with scratching! When we got new furniture I knew something had to be done. I got this post after reading articles saying cats need to stretch out fully when they scratch (sounds like our old post was too small) and they also like to have their post in a prominent position so they can "show off." Upon setting up this post, I followed the articles' and other reviewers' advice by rubbing catnip all over it and praising him with treats when he scratches the pole. It has worked like a dream! The sisal fabric works much better than the "wrapped" post we used to have and this is sturdy so it isn't tippy. It is large but is a small sacrifice over having our furniture be destroyed.… more
Kitty boy loves it despite damage
on Sep 6, 2018
Bought this as a good place for our kitty boy to scratch since he has been destroying the box spring of our bed. He seems to love it so far and has stopped scratching the bed. Nice and tall for a full stretch, and sturdy enough for him to climb and sit on top! Arrived damaged in a corner as seen in the picture, did not realize it until it was assembled and packaging was thrown out. It kind of sucks that I paid so much for a damaged product, but the cat likes it so we are keeping it.
Perfect Scratching Post!
on Jul 22, 2018
I brought home an eight week old kitten, and wanted her to learn how to use the scratching post instead of the leather sofas. I also purchased the perch pad, which she loves. All it took was one treat on the top to get her to climb the post and start using it for scratching. After a month now, she hasn't scratched any furniture, and only uses the post. I highly recommend this product. She tends to take her naps on the padded perch, and for a small kitten, has no problem climbing it. It is also a great height, and I expect we will get a lot of use out of it.
Great, very tall, cats don't care about it much
on Jul 2, 2018
This is the sturdiest scratching post that I could find. It's really big and with the attached red pad that you can attach on the top (sold separately), my cats like to perch on top. They don't love it as much as their old falling apart scratchers which are much shorter than this one. I dont know why. I got this one specifically of how tall it is and I assumed the cats like to stretch all the way up. They do do that but they dont use it as much as I thought. It's very attractive also if you care about that.
on Aug 28, 2018
Anyone that has a cat that LOVES to sharpen their claws on furniture, including a leather love seat, I would highly recommend this scratching post! I dabbled some catnip on it, and the rest is history. Another bonus is its easy to assemble and sturdy. It is such a relief to hear my cat scratching his claws on this post, rather than furniture or rugs. Best purchase a cat owner can buy.
Keep kitten claws out of carpet
on Sep 18, 2018
One of the first things our two new kittens did was sink their claws into the carpet for a good stretch & scratch session. Two days of gentle re-direction (with the aid of toys and catnip) has persuaded them to switch allegiance to this scratching post and they seem to LOVE it. Sturdy enough to stay put with both of them climbing, too. Win for all of us.
A Sturdy Cat Scratcher!
on Aug 27, 2018
My cat loves this thing. I always hate buying cat scratching posts because they look tacky, but this product is good looking. It almost looks like giant speakers. Another positive thing about it, is how sturdy it is. I would feel comfortable leaving a glass of water on it and leaving the room because even if my cats used it, the glass would not tip over.
King of the mountain!
on Jul 20, 2018
I bought the perch pad to put on top with the red pad. When I put this scratching post by a window, my cat did not use it. But when I put it in the middle of the room, he uses it all the time! He loves laying on this perch, I think because he is higher up and likes to see everything going on in the room. He jumps right from the floor to the perch, so to keep it from tipping, I keep a 25 pound box of cat litter on the base.