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DorothyBastard Wed 19-Feb-14 07:08:14

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?

DorothyBastard Wed 19-Feb-14 19:19:33


cozietoesie Wed 19-Feb-14 19:22:22

A copy of my post from a thread below.

''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.

PolterGoose Wed 19-Feb-14 20:00:12

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Sylvanas Thu 20-Feb-14 14:45:53

Hi Dorothy,

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.

My younger cat currently uses and both of which are great and I would buy again.

My older cat prefers a flat scratching board, I buy reversible ones from TK Max for $4.99.

bruffin Thu 20-Feb-14 14:50:45

just bought this one

It is very solid and cat uses it a lot, we had a fully carpet one before which lasted about 2 years but it was down to the cardboard for a long time.

PolterGoose Thu 20-Feb-14 14:50:59

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DorothyBastard Thu 20-Feb-14 22:21:21

Thanks for all your suggestions everyone smile

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 20-Feb-14 22:28:33

You need one with a heavy base so when they climb up it it doesn't topple over.

What colour is she?

DorothyBastard Fri 21-Feb-14 11:16:45

She is pure black, with a gorgeous shiny coat. I've bee getting the house ready for her arrival on Monday!

cozietoesie Fri 21-Feb-14 11:21:37

A 4 year old black female cat? The rescue will love you! (They're quite difficult to rehome for some reason. I love black cats, myself.)

We'll need a photo of course when she arrives. smile

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 21-Feb-14 15:58:56

My local rescue has 5 pages of cats, a good 85% are black or black and whites.

Ones been there over 900 days sad

DorothyBastard Fri 21-Feb-14 21:48:18

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!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 21-Feb-14 21:59:20

Cats are like children, you can appreciate other people's but secretly you know yours is better looking & smarter.

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