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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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  • Item Number
    64171
  • Brand
    Pioneer Pet

Instructions

  • 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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  • The cats approve

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    The good points- They were so easy to assemble, I didn't need the directions- connect the two base pieces with the dowels and screw to the post. With the the weight and broad base, they don't wobble or tip when my cats are using them, and at 32 inches tall, they do deliver on the full body stretch. They are fairly attractive, more like a piece of furniture than corrugated cardboard scratchers. The less-good points and the reason I gave them 4 instead of 5 stars- the sisal fabric is not uniformly stapled (or adhered) so that there are slight bulges. I ordered three and one of three had baseboard pieces that weren't the same color as the rest of the wood and the difference is obvious. Those issues The good points- They were so easy to assemble, I didn't need the directions- connect the two base pieces with the dowels and screw to the post. With the the weight and broad base, they don't wobble or tip when my cats are using them, and at 32 inches tall, they do deliver on the full body stretch. They are fairly attractive, more like a piece of furniture than corrugated cardboard scratchers. The less-good points and the reason I gave them 4 instead of 5 stars- the sisal fabric is not uniformly stapled (or adhered) so that there are slight bulges. I ordered three and one of three had baseboard pieces that weren't the same color as the rest of the wood and the difference is obvious. Those issues are aesthetic, don't bother the cats and I now have something to suit them all. You could attach rectangular cardboard scratchers around the wood base to appeal to both the vertical/horizontal and the sisal/cardboard lovers- I plan to. … more

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  • Actually worked

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    My cat prefers carpet scratchers rather than sisal, so I was hesitant to buy this scratcher, but decided to because of all the positive reviews and because the carpet scratchers do not last long. She wasn't interested in it for some time but finally started using it and I think she's warmed up to it now. I was excited that she finally had a scratcher she could reach all the way up to, but silly kitty still doesn't reach to the top for full scratches...I guess she's just too used to the small scratchers. Another plus is that it actually stays in place when she uses it rather that moving while she scratches like the smaller ones will do. It was very easy to assemble and I did not have any issues My cat prefers carpet scratchers rather than sisal, so I was hesitant to buy this scratcher, but decided to because of all the positive reviews and because the carpet scratchers do not last long. She wasn't interested in it for some time but finally started using it and I think she's warmed up to it now. I was excited that she finally had a scratcher she could reach all the way up to, but silly kitty still doesn't reach to the top for full scratches...I guess she's just too used to the small scratchers. Another plus is that it actually stays in place when she uses it rather that moving while she scratches like the smaller ones will do. It was very easy to assemble and I did not have any issues with the sisal not being properly glued on. My only recommendation would be to put sisal on the bottom platform too because my cat always likes to scratch that part of a scratcher too, but this one has no scratch material on the bottom. Anyway, I've had it over two months now and it has not even started to look raggedy like the carpet ones will, so it is holding up well. … more

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  • Great idea, needs improvement

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    The tall height is great for letting the cats stretch fully while scratching their claws and they seem to like that a lot. The only comments I have are, 1. the sisal isn't thoroughly glued to the post and is puckering on both sides (photos attached), and 2. the top is too small and slippery for the cat to sit on. It would be a great improvement if you could increase the size of the top square and add sisal to it as well. I'm not sure if the non-adhesion will be a problem but I thought I should mention it.

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  • Kenobi and Leia like it OK

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    I honestly can't fault the tower because both my cats have grown up with this old eye sore of a scratching post I have been wanting to phase out and trash. This one appeals to me more because it's aesthetically pleasing to MY eyes and the cats will give it a scratch now and again...but the love is deep for that ruined and ratty old scratching post and I fear I may never get rid of it now. I tried removing the old one and leaving this new one - but they looked for it and defiantly wouldn't use this new one till I returned the old one. So for me and my cats...it's not fully working out...but for the money and the quality I would recommend this product anyways. I know some friends who have it I honestly can't fault the tower because both my cats have grown up with this old eye sore of a scratching post I have been wanting to phase out and trash. This one appeals to me more because it's aesthetically pleasing to MY eyes and the cats will give it a scratch now and again...but the love is deep for that ruined and ratty old scratching post and I fear I may never get rid of it now. I tried removing the old one and leaving this new one - but they looked for it and defiantly wouldn't use this new one till I returned the old one. So for me and my cats...it's not fully working out...but for the money and the quality I would recommend this product anyways. I know some friends who have it and their cats love it. Even if your cat doesn't use it...it's a great little pedal-stool to put a candle on or something. :) … more

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  • CAT SCRATCH FEVER

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    As soon as I took the cat scratcher out of the box, my 3 cats started scratching on it. I got it to replace a previous one that they had eventually shredded. I put it beside my sofa to keep them from using the sofa to scratch on. It is a great success! I helped along by rubbing a bit of catnip into it to entice them to begin with, but it wasn't really needed because they knew what to do with it right from the start. Thanks for the great products you offer at cheaper prices than I could afford in a store, plus free shipping on anything over $49.00. This was only $??.??, but I buy all my food and litter from Chewy.com as well, so it is almost always free shipping. Again, Thank you!

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  • The best, longest-lasting scratching post there is

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    This is only my first purchase of this item in the life of my cat. She got her previous one from a cat who had passed on and between them, they managed to tear it to shreds, but it took them both years. She is small and agile enough to perch on top of this without the seat (but I got the seat this time anyway), so it occupies her as a little window perch as well. I hope the change in company and price don't mean the quality will decline because as of now, I would recommend having at least one of these to every cat owner. If I had more than one cat, I'd have one in every room.

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  • Perfect Scratching Post

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    I simply love this scratching post. It is heavy so won't fall over having a larger base at the bottom which is easily assembled. And, because of the material used on it, there is nothing to be cleaning off the floor. My cat is an older cat, but seems to enjoy using this scratching post. Since I have always had or made myself items like this for him to use, he needed no encouragement. Went right to it!! I would certainly recommend this product for other cat owners to purchase and the price was fair I thought.

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  • Kitty give it 4 paws, I give it 2

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    Easy to set up. I think it is cheaply made and question how long it will last. The woven scratching sheet is already pulling away from the post (after only 2 weeks.) There is no carpeting either at the base or top. That said, kitty really enjoys using the woven thisal as opposed to the wound rope thisal. I would say that she now uses the woven 3-1 over the wound rope. It is also not as tall as the wound rope Scratching post. Even at only 1 year old, she really enjoys stretching when she scratches. So on this one, the decision is back into your court.

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  • Best scratching post ever

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    This is the only scratching post I have ever had that I didn't have to screw to the wall to keep the cats from pulling it over on themselves. It is incredibly sturdy, easy to move around, and the cats love it (even my younger cat who only scratches anything lying on the ground - like my carpet.) They really seem to like the texture. Even though it is tough material, I can see that they will be able to destroy it before too long at the rate they are using it. It seems it shouldn't be too hard to replace the cover, if I could find a source for it.

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  • Very sturdy

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    We bought this because our small cat was scratching on our new couch. We already had the circle cardboard scratcher with the toy in it, which my other cat loves but the little one doesn't care for it. We put this next to the end table on one side of the couch. She still scratches the couch when she is too lazy to walk to the other side with the scratcher, but she does use it quite a bit and seems to like it. It is very tall and sturdy, she can put her weight on it while she scratches and stretches. The rope is very scratchy and seems like it would hold up for awhile. There is a perch attachment for the top which I will likely buy now that I have seen this thing in person.

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