Scratching posts are a must to have if you own a cat, especially if you are a large cat owner. These large cats can cause destroy household furniture with their huge claws if they do not have a productive place to scratch.
In this article, we have put together a list of the best products, and created a little FAQ on the topic to help find your home’s best scratching post.
The 5 Best Scratch Posts For Large Cats
The scratch material is sisal. It is the go-to material for scratching posts because it works so well. Any high-quality scratching post will use this material. It is as simple as that.
Since this post measures to be 41 inches tall, this post will fulfill the scratching needs for even the biggest breeds. It can handle Maine Coons, Savannahs, Ragdolls, and any other big domestic feline.
Even though it is pretty tall, assembly is relatively straight forward. Some say that it is a walk in the park. You do not need any additional tools to assemble, just the ones they provide you.
Midwest offers a whole year warranty, which speaks a lot about how much trust they have in their product.
The surface of the base is faux fur. Faux fur is a soft and cozy fabric that is just nice to have on anything. Your cat will love the feel on the bottom of their paws.
The scratching post’s price is not wild, even with all its great features and tall stature.
Overall, it is a durable and great product.
Dimaka is another cat scratching post that will work for big cats.
It is a little smaller than the previously reviewed product as it is only 34 inches tall.
The pole is wrapped with sisal. The base is covered with plush. In short, these are the materials that should be on a scratching post.
The base’s dimensions are 15 inches by 15 inches, which makes it harder for the post to tip. It is nice knowing that your cat will not be able to knock over the post and hurt itself or break stuff in your home.
There are lots of options for different colors for the base if you do not like the default grey color.
Assembly of this product is really easy! There are just 3 steps to the installation process and takes only 4 minutes to put together.
This product has an added featured of a little ball on a string hanging from the top which can be a great entertainer for your cat.
Our team at Kitty Cat Reviews believes this product will suit your large cat.
What stands out about the Art of Paws is how good it looks, and how it is an all-around superb product.
The color of this product is very attractive. The style just looks better than other products.
It is 3 feet tall, and at the top is a spot for your cat to chill at.
With this feature, it sort of doubles as a cat tower. If your cat loves climbing this, and perching itself at the top, you might not even need to get a tree.
The post uses sisal fabric. It is a superior version of sisal rope. The claws on a cat is more likely to catch on sisal rope than sisal fabric.
Art of Paws truly believe in the design and function of their product, so much so, that they offer a full year satisfaction guaranteed.
The AmazonBasics is built with a square pole rather than round.
This design would suit a modern home a lot better.
Also, the square design is better because it gives a cat a larger surface area to scratch. Bigger is better when you have a big cat.
The height is 35 inches tall.
It also includes a ball for your cat to play with.
I like this product because it looks more modern like and has neutral colors, so it will not harm the aesthetic of your home, but instead it will add to it.
This post is over 45 inches tall. Wow! That is huge!
Not only is it super tall, but it also has a little place for your cat to sleep on the very top of the scratching post.
For added prevention of tipping, there are suction cups on the side of the perch that can keep the scratching post secured in place.
It is intended to be placed by a window, so your cat can gaze into the space outside to see what is happening. Cat’s love to keep a tab on the current events of the yard!
The sellers also throw in some catnip. They are going up and above with this one.
Setting up this product only requires about 15 minutes of your time.
What features should I look for?
A big cat scratching post should be big. This is not surprising. Other than being big, the scratching post should be a great product.
A great one should use sisal rope or sisal fabric as the scratch material.
Carpet scratches can be good, but there is a greater chance of cats getting their nails stuck in the carpet, which will be very painful and might require a visit to your pet’s least favorite person, the vet.
Sisal rope and sisal fabric are very similar.
Some people argue that the fabric variation is better, as it lasts longer, and is more durable. Scratching posts should have a pretty big base, so that they do not tip over.
An added feature that is good is if the product has suction cups or a strap to secure itself to the wall. These are a little extra help in preventing the cat scratching post from tipping over, and possibly hurting your cat. A scratching post that is too light will also be easier to tip over, so I would look for a little weight.
Some big cat scratching posts have a perch on the top of the post which can help your cat get more use from the piece of furniture. If your cat loves sleeping at the top, they will have to pass the scratcher on the way, and probably scratch their nails. This means more use which is a win.
What breeds need a larger scratch post?
I suggest that you get a large scratching post if you own one of the following a Maine Coon, a Savannah, a Norwegian Forest Cat, a Ragdoll, a British Shorthair.
If your cat weighs over 13 pounds, I suggest looking for a bigger scratching post in the buying process.
How much should I expect it to cost?
It will cost between $30 and $60. Usually, the more features the product has, the more it will cost.
Also, taller scratching posts tend to cost more.
Bigger posts also might cost more to ship, so that can contribute to a larger order total. Bigger retailers usually have free shipping on larger orders, which might affect who you buy from.
If you are on a budget, the least one is the Dimaka.
Scratching posts are necessary if you want to protect your home from claw marks.
Picking one of these is not as simple as just purchasing one, and hoping for the best.
There are a few details you must pay attention to such as how stable it is, the material, and more.
Picking the right one is worth it.