Bono Fido Palace I Carpet Cat Scratchers in Black/Sandy
If you'd like to see how effective a good scratching post can be at saving your furniture, you can easily make your own sisal rope cat scratcher. You can get any length of sisal rope at a hardware store and coil it around almost anything. Wrap the rope around all or part of a wooden beam or a branch that's been nailed to a base. Alternatively, cover the rungs and sides of a full size or step ladder. You can even make over an existing scratching post or kitty condo by covering the shredded carpet remains for a like-new cat scratcher.
Sisal is a tough plant fiber that is used to make all sorts of products including twine, dartboards, carpets, spa products, and most importantly – cat scratching posts. In the cat scratcher market, you’ll mostly see sisal rope that is wrapped and stapled or glued around a post. Sisal rope is very dense and generally holds up pretty well over time. After extensive use, sisal rope will fray and eventually shed or become unraveled from the post. Woven sisal or sisal carpet is a newer product on the cat scratcher market. Woven sisal is typically glued or stapled to a post. It has a rougher texture than sisal rope which makes it more satisfying for cats to scratch. Woven sisal also has a much nicer appearance than sisal rope, and holds up better over time.
For those cats who are content to dwell closer to the floor, an additional bottom cushion is available for purchase separately. Want to make a statement? Replace the sisal pad with a designer carpet squares. The Zen Cat Scratcher, with its impressive scratching surface, soft cushioned perch, and elegant design will bring tranquility into your home between you and your cat.If you buy a carpeted scratching post made from berber, or loop carpet, be aware that pulling on one of these fibers may actually result in a long string of fiber taken from the carpet. This is because the loops are connected in rows to the carpet backing. This is no big deal for many people whose cats prefer a loop carpet when they are in a shredding mood. When loose fibers appear out of place or sticking out beyond the nap, or surface of the carpet, you can just trim them off with a good sharp scissors. Be careful not to cut off anything important from yourself (I thought I'd throw that in there, just to be on the safe side).Appearance: Carpeted scratchers offer more color choices, in general. Also, you may prefer the look of something carpeted alongside your home's decor. But remember that carpet will begin to lose its fibers - especially if it is cheap builder's grade carpet. So, you will have a little mess to clean up after a good day's scratching. This may not present a big problem for some folks. Remember that carpet will also pick up your cat's hair when she rubs up against the pole, so this will detract from its appearance.Affordability: Sisal rope and sisal weave are both more expensive than carpet. Also, the labor to wrap sisal rope around a post will add to the cost of the product. Remember that a cheap sisal scratcher is a sign that the sisal may not even be sisal at all! If it is sisal rope, it might be a small diameter, such as 1/4". In fact, 1/4" diameter sisal rope is used by most of the cat post vendors on eBay. I always use 3/8" sisal rope on my scratching posts. These posts will last a lot longer than those with 1/4" sisal rope, and they also will have more of a sturdy, meaty look to them. You should feel free to ask the vendor what diameter sisal rope (s)he is using. Here are some equivalents: 1/4 inch equals 6.25 mm. 3/8 inch equals about 9.5 mm (just in case the vendor comes from a country other than the USA and provides this information in metric units).Appeal to your cat: This is a matter of personal preference. Some cats are just happier to be ripping away at something soft and tender. Maybe they have some deep aggression that requires this, I don't know. But I know that some cat owners have told me that their cat prefers only carpeted posts. Keep in mind that the BASE of your scratcher - whether the post is sisal or carpeted - is usually carpeted. And IT should be a very nice, soft comfy carpet if your cat is going to want to lounge around on it.Anyway, congratulations for being so thorough with your search for a scratcher. The fact that you have taken a moment to familiarize yourself with this particular aspect means you care deeply that your cat will like and use the next scratcher you introduce into her domain. Now take your knowledge & go buy a cat pole!!