Looking for the best scratching posts for large cats?
I sure hope so, because that’s what we’re discussing here today.
First, we’ll go over some features to look for during your research
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A SCRATCHING POST FOR LARGE CATS
We’ll make this quick because I feel like it’s easier to see what I look for by actually looking at my favorites.
Here’s a basic rundown, though, so you know where I’m coming from.
The first one is actually specific to large cats, while the rest are general requirements and things I consider in all scratching posts.
is it big enough to satisfy your large cat’s scratching needs?
2.MATERIAL & SAFETY
What makes up the actual scratching surface? Is it sisal? Jute? Wood? Some random man-made material I’ve never heard of?
If it’s sisal or another type of rope-like material, how tightly wound is it? Will it come off the first time they use it?
Is the material safe? If it’s glued onto the post, is it done so with non-toxic adhesives?
3.DURABILITY & VALUE
You need to know that the post will actually survive regular usage for as long as it takes for you to feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth.
By “mess factor,” I mean how much of a mess will it make when my cats use it?
Will bits of sisal or cardboard fly all over the room? Will it make your house look like a carpet factory exploded in it?
While I wouldn’t call this a “deal-breaking factor,” if I’m looking at two options that are equally good, but one is less messy overall, I’m definitely going for that option.
I really don’t like cleaning! 😀
Okay, so now that you have a good idea of what to look for in the best cat scratching post for large kitties, let’s look at my top picks.
BEST SCRATCHING POSTS FOR LARGE CATS
Take a look at the tables below (one for Amazon and one for the rest_ for my top picks, then read on for the full reviews of each.
Let’s start with something fairly “basic,” shall we? The AmazonBasics scratching posts for large cats has a sleek modern design that looks decent in your home, but won’t bust your budget.
FEATURES AND PROS
- Single-pillar with a solid wood base.
- Replaceable dangling toy
- Covered with natural jute fiber
- Neutral color tones
- Assembly required
- Some complaints about wobbly base
Overall, this one scores 4.5 stars across more than 1,400 ratings.
However, a small percent of customers said it was wobbly because the screws don’t sit “flush” inside their compartments.
This seems like a defect that affects some rather than a problem with the entire post itself.
While the style definitely lives up to the Basics part of the name, it’s still a good option for those who want something simple for their kitties.
The SmartCat Pioneer Pet Ultimate Scratching Post is a good deal pricier than the AmazonBasics, but it’s a 4.5-star option across over 12,000 ratings. Let’s see why.
FEATURES AND PROS
- Stands at 32″ so cats can fully stretch.
- The 16×16 base is designed to eliminate wobbling and tipping.
- Durable woven sisal rope materials.
- Assembles quickly and easily, with just two included screws.
- Stylish modern design
- Somewhat pricey for a basic scratching post.
- Some complaints that it has an odor (which may prevent cats from using it)
While there are a couple of terrifying 1-star ratings, a whopping 81% of customers gave this 5 stars, so that should tell you something.
Many customers talk about how durable it is, something that I definitely like to hear considering the price.
As far as style goes, while it’s not exactly exciting, I actually think it’s a fairly stylish design. I mean, it’s a scratching POST, it doesn’t promise to be a piece of art.
I do get really freaked out about negative reviews- especially when people say things like “it hurt my baby,”, but again, they make up 3% out of 12K ratings.
Defects can affect literally anything that you buy, and they’re the exception rather than the norm.
Given the number of happy cat parents, I think this one is worth a try.
This one is one of the most budget-friendly scratching posts for large cats for those who don’t have $50++ to drop on something literally designed to be destroyed.
Don’t let the lower price scare you, though, it’s actually a highly rated scratching post.
FEATURES AND PROS
- Stable width and 32″ height.
- Easy to assemble with three screws.
- Includes a cute little jingle toy on top.
- BV Pet Safety Certified
- Covered in premium sisal
- Fleece cover on the top so kitty can “sit her fluffy a** and survey [her] kingdom,” as one reviewer put it.
- Comes with cat nip spray*
- A bit on the “eh” side style-wise.
- Won’t last forever
Just over 1,800 people gave it a combined total of 4.5 stars, so again, it’s obviously beloved by our fellow cat parents.
Regarding the little asterisk next to “comes with cat nip spray” in the pros- it’s not mentioned in the features, but more than a few reviewers mentioned it.
So, consider it a nice “extra” rather than a guaranteed feature.
I actually had a bunch of stuff by Kitty City over the years.
Their products are actually more durable than one would expect for the price, and my cats always have a blast with them.
That said, for just over $20, don’t expect this to be a “lifetime guarantee” type of scratching post.
Still, if you have a relatively small budget, you can’t go wrong with the Kitty City.
While all of these scratching posts for large cats are great options, I still really love that ladder-style one! However, if it’s a bit out of your price range, I do like the Kitty City option.
YOUR TURN. WHICH OF THESE DO YOU THINK ARE THE BEST SCRATCHING POSTS FOR LARGE CATS?