3 Best Scratching Posts for Ragdoll Cats (Guide/Review)
What is the best scratching post for a ragdoll cat? This is the best scratcher (Click here for availability on Amazon). Read on for more information.
Quick comparison of scratching posts for Ragdolls
|01. PetFusion cat scratcher (Best Option)|
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|02. SmartCat scratching post|
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|03. PetFusion scratching post|
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What you need to know about scratching posts (Guide)
Before we look at the best ones to choose, it’s important to understand the benefits and features to look out for. So you can understand and appreciate what there is on offer.
Here are a few…
- Appealing design
- Simple to assemble
- Durable and strong
- Allows her to stretch & exercise
- Allows her to strip off dead nail sheaths
As much as some would argue that this is not important, I beg to differ. Remember, you will be using this in areas of your home that are on display. Meaning, it is important that it looks good, are you with me?
Simple to assemble
Once these posts are up and running they are great. But, you really do not want it to be difficult to put them together. Therefore, it is important to either have a simple assembly, or no assembly required (Yes, there are some that offer this).
Durable and strong
Ideally, you want a scratcher that will be designed to take a battering from your kitty. Why? Well, let’s face it, some of them can be brutal with them and it needs to be ready to deal with this.
Allows her to stretch & exercise
One of the benefits of these scratchers is the fact that she can dig her claws in, stretch and exercise, right? So, it’s important it’s designed in a way to offer this.
Allows her to strip off dead nail sheaths
Cats like scratching, whether that’s your furniture or a designated post, they will do it. Obviously, it will be preferred if they use your new shiny post. But, my point is one of the reasons they do this is to remove the nail sheaths and dead particles to keep them sharp. So, you need to make sure it does this well.
Some of these posts will offer a sisal rope. This material is ideal for cat scratching and really entices them to use it.
My best 3 scratching posts for Ragdoll cats (Review)
In this section, I will share with you three of my best cat scratchers ideal for Ragdoll cats (Click here for great cat trees for them too). For each one, I will explain what I like and do not like. This will help you see the good, the bad and the ugly!
01. PetFusion cat scratcher (Best Option)
- Eye-catching & fits in well with modern style decor
- Doubles-up as a cat scratcher & lounger
- Reduces the scratches on your home furniture
- No need to assemble it (ready to go!)
- Turn it over for another scratching surface
- Strong & sturdy
- Quite large
- Cardboard strips get clawed off and need cleaning
- Limited lifespan
What I like about this PetFusion scratching post
Firstly, just looking at this scratching post is enough to keep me happy, right? Why? Well, look at the double-loop design for one. I like the fact that it will fit in well with most modern style decor.
Due to its eye-catching design, it will double-up as a lounger as well as a cat scratcher. The beauty of these scratchers, and probably the reason you are here, is they attract your cat. Meaning, fewer scratches on your prized furniture.
Once this is delivered you are good to go, no need to mess about with putting it together or whipping your tools out, are you with me?
When your kitty inevitably scratches off one surface, you can simply roll it over and get her to use the bottom. And, even though its cardboard it is still strong and durable.
In summary, if you are looking for a scratcher for your ragdoll that is strong, great to look at and doubles up as a lounger, then you have just found it.
What I do not like about this PetFusion scratching post
It’s important to understand the size of this beast, its quite large, but this is why it’s ideal for ragdolls, right? Also, with it being cardboard, you will inevitably get shreds of cardboard dropped around your home where she claws it. Not ideal, but its a reality.
With this being cardboard, it is strong, but its not a hardwood piece of furniture. Meaning, it is not likely to last half as long, are you with me?
02. SmartCat scratching post
- Allows her to stretch vertically (helps muscle toning)
- Sisal fiber (Entices her to scratch)
- Quick & easy to assemble
- Helps her remove old nail sheaths
- Tall 32-inch post (good for Ragdoll cats)
- Wide 16-inch base (improves stability)
- Bit unstable on soft ground, e.g. carpet
- The wooden base has different colors (one dark other light)
- Would be good to have a ledge on the top
What I love about this SmartCat scratching post
This verticle cat scratcher is tall, I mean 32-inches in height to be precise. It’s ideal for your ragdoll to stretch and tone up her muscles in the process.
I like the fact that it is easy to assemble, you will need to do some work, and a screw or two may be required, but it’s far from rocket-science, are you with me?
The benefits of this scratcher is giving her an opportunity to scratch and remove her old nail sheaths, which is important for cats.
Apart from its height, it is also quite wide, in particular 16-inches wide. This helps with its stability (more on this later) so your kitty can stretch and push it around.
With its sisal fiber, it makes this scratcher too tempting for your kitty to use it. Sisal is well known as one of the best material for scratch posts.
In summary, if you are looking for a traditional verticle scratcher for your ragdoll that has sisal fiber, tall with a wide base, then this is right up your street.
What I do not love about this SmartCat scratching post
Earlier I mentioned its stability, remember? Well, yes it is, but, on soft surfaces, like deep-pilled carpet, it will not be as stable as you may think. So, it’s worth keeping that in mind.
More of a nit-pick is the fact that the wooden base seems to have slightly different wood colors (dark & light), I know, its not a big issue, but still worth mentioning.
Once your kitty gets to the top of the post I feel that a perch or ledge would have been a good addition. It would give her something to do once she gets there, right?
03. PetFusion scratching post
- Award-winning product (2014 Cat Fancy Magazine – Editors choice)
- The curved design offers various angles for stretching
- Recycles cardboard (more friendly to the environment)
- Attracts scratching (and reduced scratches on your furniture)
- Provides exercise (also reduces stress)
- Comes with organic catnip leaf
- A bit messy after she uses it (Shredded cardboard)
- May slide around on hardwood floor (even with gripper stickers)
What I appreciate about this scratching post
This award-winning scratcher is a great design. I can see why it has won an award. It has the benefit of a free-standing post as well as other curved surfaces for your kitty to scratch.
It uses recycled cat surfaces, which I appreciate. It would be good if more people would take this approach with their materials to reduce waste and help the environment, right?
If you have furniture that is constantly getting clawed up, you will be happy to see your kitty opt for this scratcher, rather than your furniture.
Whilst it offers great exercise and toning up your kitties muscles, it also provides great stress relief for them as well, which will help to keep her happier.
In addition to this, it comes with some catnip, this will help to entice her over to use it if she is not naturally gravitating to it.
In summary, if you want a scratcher for your ragdoll that has a lovely unique look, rather than the convention looking post and the added benefit of some catnip, this is ideal for you.
What I do not appreciate about this scratching post
Understand this is cardboard. Meaning, like one of the offerings above, you will get cardboard shredded pieces dropped around your home after she claws it up. It is just one of the disadvantages of cardboard.
It has some floor grippers, which is great. But, you may find it still slides around on slippy hardwood surfaces.
In this section, I will answer some questions related to cat posts, climbing, etc. If you have any other related questions, please contact me.
Q: Will these cat posts stop your walls from getting scratched?
Yes, they will help your cat from scratching the walls but it won’t necessarily stop them completely. However, there are a number of different methods you can use to prevent this.