What to Consider Before Buying a Scratching Post for Your Cat

(So he can stop clawing up your furniture.)

Cat playing with a scratching post
Your kitty needs an outlet to release pent-up energy, too.Willian Justen de Vasconcellos, Unsplash

Your feline friend deserves the best, or at the very least the best in your budget! Here are three things to take into consideration before investing in a scratching post.

AmazonBasics Cat Scratching Post and Hammock

Your Cat’s Personality

This scratching post is a budget-friendly option that offers the perfect place for a cat nap, scratch, and play-time.Amazon

Cat towers come in many different forms, from a basic post to an entire kitty jungle gym. Energetic cats may enjoy multi-level platform towers while more skittish cats may appreciate posts that include a new place to hide.

Nailed It! Premium Natural Woven Sisal Cat Scratching Post and Perch Cat Scratcher Cat Tower

Your Cat’s Size

This scratching post is tall, sturdy and durable enough for even the biggest cats.Nailed It!

Some cats like to fully stretch while clawing, so make sure your scratching post is tall enough for your feline friend to stretch out even up on their hind legs. If your cat is on the larger side, a heavier post is necessary to prevent tipping...or else you’ll have a scaredy cat who’s afraid to use the post again.

Trixie Pet Products Miguel Fold and Store Cat Tower, 20.25 x 13.75 x 25.5, Gray/Light Gray

Your Aesthetic

The Trixie Tower folds away for convenience, while still offering exciting play elements for your kitty.Trixie Pet

Your cat’s scratching post will become as much a part of your life as the cat’s, so make sure you pick something you visually like. If you have a less playful cat, a simple scratching post might do the trick without being a distracting visual element in your home, or there’s fold-away options to hide more playful cat towers when not in use.