A climbing/scratching post provides your cat with exercise and lets them enjoy the sensation of scratching without damaging your furniture or draperies.
We build our own scratching posts for our cattery, and have had many requests to supply them to kitten buyers. As a result, we now offer three types of climbing post, all of which are made to order and reasonably priced.
Why do we make climbing/scratching posts?
1) It’s hard to find a simple, store-bought scratching post that’s tall enough for a cat to stretch. Even if the overall height isn’t too bad, the actual height a cat can use is often quite limited, due to the complexity of the post.
Our posts, by contrast, are extremely simple and big – no less than 1.2 metres tall. And if you don’t think your cat wants a tall post, check out the photo at right of eight-week-old kitten Cleo. She has climbed onto the “crow’s nest” near the top of a 2-metre tall post. A moment later she was heading for the summit!
2) Store-bought scratching posts tend to be overly complicated, poorly built and extremely expensive.
We’ve bought many climbing/scratching posts over the years. In our experience, they may look nice in the store, but the cats often have them shredded in a matter of months.
Our posts aren’t fancy, but they are built to be abused!
- We use solid kiln-dried timber, with a thick MDF base (the weight of the base contributes to stability) and a lightweight plywood upper platform. We cover our scratching posts in carpet which has been saturated with catnip.
- As an extra precaution we paint the bases so they won’t absorb any liquids spilled onto them or onto the floor.
We currently offer these cat scratching posts:
1.2m tall Deluxe Post, 75mm x100mm post with a wrapping of genuine manilla rope on a 550mm x 550mm base
2m tall Super Scratcher Deluxe Post, a 75mm x 100mm post with a wrapping of genuine manilla rope on a 600mm x 600mm base with a platform near the top
For BIG cats, such as Maine Coons:
2m tall Mega Scratcher Deluxe Post, a 75mm x 100mm post with a wrapping of genuine manilla rope on a 700mm x 700mm base with a platform near the top
Scratching posts aren’t just for scratching…
They’re also for climbing, as Alfie and Ariana demonstrate on this old model 2m tall post:
And here are the B Litter kittens on the 1.2m tall posts (older style, without manilla rope):
Our posts are built to order, using all-new materials. They may not be the prettiest climbing posts but they are built BIG (so your cat can stretch while scratching) and STRONG (they take the abuse so that your furniture doesn’t). We don’t use cheap fabric coverings which your cat can shred in a few months.
All our posts have a one-year warranty against defects in materials and construction. After a few years of constant use, your climbing post may start to look a bit ragged, at which time we are happy to quote on replacing the carpet and manilla rope. The rest of the post should last indefinitely.