DP and I are getting a rescue cat, we met her yesterday and she's coming home with us on Monday, yippee! She's four years old and is very petite. I want to buy a scratch post, ideally one with a platform or something up high so she can escape from my 1yo toddler whenever she wants. Does anyone have any recommendations of something sturdy and with lots of room for her to stretch out and scratch?
''Seniorboy currently has an old (but originally very good quality) armchair as his scratching post. With previous house cats, I've had very good success with pieces of good quality carpet (free samples from the local carpet shop) rough-anchored to the floor in some way.
They've all treated any sort of official scratching post with utter contempt.
All of my cats have permitted claw tip cutting, though, which helps.''
Other posters may have had better experiences with them, however.
It's quite likely you will end up buying a few as all cats are different.
I would recommend, as Polter said, to go for the tallest you can as most cats like to stretch up as they scratch and it's quite surprising how far they can reach doing that. Also make sure that the base is wide enough to not topple over.
We weren't bothered at all what she looked like really, we chose her because she has lived with toddlers before and ticked all our other 'lifestyle' boxes (outdoor cat, could live with other pets in the future etc). But it just so happens she's gorgeous!