What type of scratcher is best for cats? Scratchers made from carpet and sisal are the most durable and the most satisfying for cats that need an outlet for scratching.
Do scratching posts really work for cats? Investing in scratching posts can help to reduce some of your cat's more destructive behaviours and can help them maintain proper nail health.
Should I use a vertical or horizontal scratching post? Vertical or slanted scratching posts are often the most appealing to cats, but horizontal scratching posts can be used as a cat bed or hang-out.
Do cats like cardboard scratchers? Cardboard scratchers are cheap disposable scratchers. While they aren't as extravagant or durable as scratching posts, most cats still find them satisfying to dig their nails into.
Do cats sharpen their claws on scratching posts? Cats use scratchers to maintain their nails. This doesn't necessarily mean they sharpen them, but they do file, shape, and shed nails by scratching.
What to do if your cat won't use their scratching post? Some cats don't instinctually take to a new scratching post. You can teach or encourage them to use it by showing them, associating the scratcher with toys, or using a natural stimulant like cat nip or silvervine.