SmartCat The Ultimate Scratching Post

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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.

Key Benefits

  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Wonderful scratching post!

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    We bought this for our two kittens a year ago. It was easy to put together by myself and has a very sturdy base. A year later, both of our cats use it daily (sometimes at the same time) and they can stretch up and reach the top. The material on the post has stood up to daily scratching without fraying or noticeable wear. One cat loves to climb it and sit on the top. Highly recommend it! (I just bought one of the cat towers on sale for this Christmas based on the quality of this post. Hoping they love it!)

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  • Three Cats Won't Go Near It

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    I put catnip on it they rubbed against it and they won't scratch it. It's been 7 days. Also puckers in various areas. The dumbest thing is that the base is wood and should have had material there for them to scratch on it like my carpeted ones. Was hoping it would work. Good thing I didn't throw out my 10 year old worn out carpeted scratcher.

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  • Absolutely love this!

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    This is truly the Ultimate Scratching post!!! It looks beautiful in the house, the quality is great! Ive struggled finding a good post for my fur baby since she is a pretty big cat, everything always tips over or does not stand a chance with her powerful claws but this bad boy is giving her a run for her money! She hugs is, runs around it, stretch on it which had been an issue in the past and causing a lot of damage to door frames in my apartments and when recently moving into my boyfriend's place I was super worried of her damaging things so the perfect post was a desperate necessity. I read so many reviews and decided to take a chance and boy am I had I did! Best purchase ever!

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  • Great for big cats

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    The last time I was at the vet, I complained my cat didnt use the scratching posts we had for him and instead used my bed. The vet explained my 16 lb cat was very long and he would want to stretch high up, and recommended a tall post. A few months later I saw this post on sale and grabbed it, and the vet was right! Put this right in front of where he was scratching the bed and he scratches the post instead now! My other cat loves this one too! So if you need a very tall scratching post this one is a great option. The cats havent knocked it over yet either.

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  • Best cat scratching post EVER!

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    Both my cats absolutely LOVE this scratching post! They can really stretch out and dig in to the sisal, just like they would do on a tree trunk in the great outdoors! It's really saved our furniture. They like it so much that this is the second one we've purchased since they wore through the first from so much use! (TIP- when they wear out the top half, just unscrew the post and flip it so they can use up the bottom half. This doubles the life of your scratcher!)

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  • My cat likes this thing surprisingly well!

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    This post is so ridiculously expensive, but honestly, my cat loves it and this thing looks like it'll last for years. My cat likes to claw her way up the post, which is amazing to watch. I appreciate that she prefers this to the edges of my boxspring now.

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  • These last and last

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    I have three cats who get a lot of use out of their scratching posts. This is the only brand that ever holds up for more than a year. In fact, I had a few of these for over four years before I had to replace them. I definitely recommend these.

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  • Excellent scratching post

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    My cats had shredded their previous SmartCat scratching post. It was 5 years old. The one I recently ordered was a replacement. I put the platform that had been on the previous post, on the new post. My cats use it every day. They start out their mornings with a good stretch and a scratch on the post. It's a great product.

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  • Saved my chair!

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    My cats have hated EVERYTHING I've tried....floor scratchers, cardboard, other tower scratchers... I tried this thinking I'd return it, but they love it. Didn't even need catnip, just took it out of the box. They started using it before I had it put together. My younger cat launches herself at it and hooks all four feet in, and it doesn't even move. She's about 8.5 lb, so this is definitely sturdy. Stick it by a window and they can sit on top and look out. Definitely saved my furniture and sanity!

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  • My cats love it

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    My cat is a heavy scratcher and goes through cardboard scratchers in days. This scratcher is holding up well and she loves it. It is quite large, sturdy and well made. She is a small cat so I probably could have gotten away with something smaller but am pleased with my purchase. My declawed cat also loves stretching himself out and kneading it. I didn't even need to use catnip spray to initially attract them to it.

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