What Makes A Good Scratching Furniture?
For cats, the act of scratching is more important and complex than us humans can ever imagine. As solitary hunters in the wild, cats are territorial animals that are naturally inclined to establish their home base through scent marking. While non-neutered male cats and those living in multi-cat households are more likely to spray (urinate) to mark territory, this can also be achieved through scratching.
Cats have scent glands on the pads of their feet that serve as dual-purpose territorial markers; leaving both visual evidence and scent to lay claim to their territory. Aside from that, scratching is also vital for your cat’s physical and mental health for the following reasons:
- Relieves pent-up energy and stress
- Keeps claws in proper shape
- Provides good hunting exercise
- Resolves behavioral problems
Contrary to popular belief, cats rarely scratch with destruction in mind. But unless you’re eager to part with your favorite couch or designer furniture, most paw-rents would consider cat scratching posts to be essential home accessories.
Just as with litter box choices, cats can have different preferences when it comes to scratching comfort. A vertical scratcher that is loved by one cat may hold little appeal for another - but there’s no doubt that all cats know how to appreciate a satisfying good scratch.
From small sisal scratchers to massive cat trees, these specialised furniture come in all shapes and sizes - and choosing the right ones can be an easy task when you know what to look out for.
What Makes A Good Scratcher?
- Tall: Enables your cat to fully extend while scratching.
- Sturdy: Comes with a heavy base that doesn’t easily wobble.
- Durable: Can withstand heavy use from aggressive scratchers.
- Multipurpose: Doubles up as the purrfect playground for lounging and play.
If you’re looking for clues on what kind of scratcher your cats prefer, try studying their current habits. A “carpet-scratcher” will likely enjoy a lounging furniture, while a “chair-destroyer” tends to prefer a vertical scratching post. Cat parents can also consider a combination of different scratchers or a large cat tree to create an enriched indoor environment for your little ones.
FOR: The Basic Scratcher
The back-to-basic Zolux Mono Scratching Post (shop here) is all about straightforward pleasure and is designed to fulfill your little ones’ scratching needs. Strong and durable, the single scratching post is covered with natural hemp and features a non-skid design for your cats’ utmost comfort.
For carpet lovers, paw-rents can also consider getting a Zolux Cardboard Scratcher (shop here) to fulfil their horizontal scratching desires. Made of thick corrugated cardboard, this basic scratcher comes infused with catnip for more hours of irresistible fun. (Pppst, consider hiding this somewhere for your cat to discover. Cats simply love finding new things!)
FOR: The Playful Napper
Gorgeous and comfortably functional, the Zolux Cat Tree Kea collection (shop here) comes in three sizes to cater to the different needs of kitty households. Each Kea furniture features at least one cosy hideaway and viewing platform - alongside multiple scratching posts - to satisfy your cat’s natural scratching instincts. On that note, design-savvy paw-rents will certainly appreciate the charming aesthetics of this modern scratching furniture.
FOR: The Keen Explorer
Designed for the ultimate adventurer, Zolux Cat Park 2 (shop here) is a multipurpose furniture that serves as the purrfect one-stop destination for relaxation, beauty naps, and tons of scratching fun. This feline playground features an array of playful elements to indulge curious kitties and is ideal for multi-cat households.