You Want your Cat to Scratch This

Scratching is a very natural cat behavior. Unfortunately, it sometimes leads them to scratch unwanted items like our brand new couch or the wall. One of the best ways to deter your playful kitty away from furniture and other off-limit items is to provide him or her with a scratching post of their own, like the SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post. Your cat will love to tear it up with his or her ferocious claws, and you’ll love that your couch is no longer the victim.

 Why is my cat so keen on destroying my furniture anyways?

Believe it or not, cats generally aren’t targeting your furniture out of spite, nor are they trying to sharpen their claws. If your cat has an affinity for your new accent chair, it might just be because he or she likes that particular material or spends the majority of his or her time there.

Reasons cats scratch include:

  • To help remove the sheath (dead outer layer of the claw), which encourages healthy growth of the claws
  • Marking their territory visually and by scent (cats have scent glands on the bottom of their paws)
  • Stretching their bodies
  • Exercising
  • Relieving stress

Save your belongings from your cat’s razor-sharp kitty claws

Instead of punishing your cat for scratching, encourage them to scratch something that you want them to scratch, like the SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post. Diverting your cat’s attention from the couch to the post will generally be easier than to prevent him or her from scratching.

Try placing the post in an area where your cat spends the most time or in front of the spot where they scratch the most. If your cat isn’t initially interested in it, try luring them in with catnip. You can also try scratching the post to show them where you’d like them to scratch. Reward your kitty with praise or a treat after he or she starts to scratch the sisal material.

If your cat needs more encouragement, apply Feliway Spray to the area you don’t want them to scratch. It’ll emit comforting pheromones that will help stop unwanted behaviors.

Cats love the SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post

Encourage your cat to scratch with The SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post. Standing tall at 32-inches with a stabilized wooden base, this post is perfect for any cat to stretch and relieve any tensions in their muscles.

The Scratching Post is made with fibrous, durable sisal material, which is a material cats love to dig their claws into to remove old nail sheaths.

Its neutral-toned appearance makes it a perfect addition to any room in your home and is simple to assemble. Easily put it together by screwing in the top cap and bottom base to the post and it’s ready to be scratched!

For a little extra treat for your cat, you can also get the SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post Pad, which fits perfectly on top of the Scratching Post giving your cat a special space to rest after a hard day of scratching.

Learn more about SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post


Win a FREE SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post!

Got a cat scratching your favorite love seat? Treat your cat with something you want him or her to scratch! Just leave a comment below and you could win a FREE SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post from 1800PetMeds!
One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 19, 2018, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck! 

Congrats to the drawing winner, George C! Look for an email from us about claiming your prize. 

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  1. Melody MontgomeryMarch 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    My 4 Furbabies would love to scratch on this and not my rugs or furniture.

  2. My cats love this scratching post! And it keeps them from scratching anything else. In fact, they love it so that it’s time for a new one. We need this scratching post!!!

  3. My cats love this scratching post! And, it keeps them from scratching anything else. In fact, they love it so much that it’s time for a new one. We need this scratching post!!!

  4. My kitty would love to give this a try!

  5. Our cats love our couch a little too much! This looks wonderful!

  6. We have 2 cats staying with us that are scratching everything! I would love this as a diversion to our chairs, sofa and carpet!

  7. My three would love this and all my Foster kittens would go crazy for it!

  8. With 6 cats we need all the help we can get.

  9. My cat cookie would love SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  10. My cats and their mom would love this

  11. Need. Need. Need.

  12. Please

  13. Michelle DefibaughMarch 9, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I’m having the hardest time with my cat clawing up the walls and furniture. We need this!

  14. I have 6 kitties that would love to win this

  15. My three cats would love this!

  16. My cat loves to scratch my recliner, the carpet on the stairs and even on our bed. I hate to fuss at her because I know she needs to scratch so I’d love to have this to give her somewhere she loves to scratch that’s ok!

  17. I have 3 furbabies that have scratched up our door frames, we get the cardboard scratchers but they have no interest in them 😂😂 Thank you for this opportunity!

  18. I have 2 rescue kitty’s.
    One was a feral and I brought her in the house after she was tnr’d. She is an absolute sweetheart but loves to tear up the carpet. This post would be great for her. My other furbaby is still a kitten that I kept after I was fostering her.. she is good most of the time she likes to stretch her claws on my furniture.
    They would love this post and would share it.
    Thank you.

  19. He needs a post on every room!! Please help!

  20. My cats love to stretch up on long scratching posts like this. They’d really enjoy a new post!

  21. I would love to gift this to my fur grandbaby Lotus!

  22. Tina Marie HaymonMarch 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    If I could count the little threads my cat use to leave after shredding furniture, I would be able to make a while outfit LOL.

  23. My cats need this!

  24. My Zulu *~NEEDS~* this; i havent been able to buy him one; and he could really use it! Good luck to everyone!

  25. Jasper would love a new scratch post and I think he would be so happy. Thanks so much.

  26. Both of my Kitties would ❤️ this! What a great idea!

  27. Mama Cat is a feral kitten that was very malnurished and scared when she brought her 4 kttens to my backyard for help. Her kittens taught her how to use the scratching post and an old dead tree in a pot. I showed the cats your scratching post, which they thought was just great and agreed that if we won the nice new post , then I can dispose of the dead tree in a pot. Thank you for the chance to win such a nice post and good luck to everyone!

  28. Kathy KuykendallMarch 9, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Our 5 rescues go through so many scratchers and cat trees. Our 3 legged kitty is part monkey so he climbs up the furniture then hangs there! Better a scratcher like this than my legs when they are chasing and climbing all over.

  29. Our precious baby girl would love this!

  30. My cat would just love this.. She love scratching up everything she sees..

  31. My Oliver needs this. He loves scratching my wooden table and anything else he can find to scratch.

  32. Would love to win this scratching post. My 2 inside cats are crazy and scratch everywhere!!

  33. My new couch would thank you. Plus, it would have really amused my Dad if I won something for the cats. He was the reason I feel in love with cats to begin with! He recently passed on but would get a kick out contests like this. Thank you for a chance at This!

  34. Better than my legs!

  35. My six cats would love one of these! The furniture is already ruined, but it might save it from total annihilation!

  36. LOIS-ANNE NICHOLSMarch 9, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Having a cat is a fairly new experience for me. I have always had dogs, but I rescued this cat, and I love it. Yes, my cat does try to scratch at my furniture, so I would love to be able to try something like this.

  37. I need this because our 4 cats have destroyed our chair, the bottom of our bed and some of our dining room chairs.

  38. So far my new kitten hasn’t been scratching at the furniture. This would really help preventing it from starting.

  39. Wow would love this scratch post for my cats don’t want them to attacking my furniture this post is the best then my kitties could dig away to there hearts content and not making the furniture a target .

  40. I little Gizmo would like this and I would love it!!!

  41. I want to win this for Yoshi. He has put up with a lot from the fosters.

  42. would be very nice to have for a new kitten so she will use it instead of a chair or couch.

  43. I could really use one……got some hand me down furniture that does look better than what I had but the scratch post is worn out and my two cats are using the newer furniture…..could sure use a new scratch post and they would love. And I love 800-petmeds and use them whenever I need meds, etc. for my two cats and doggie…..thank you for all you do. Best pet store ever!

  44. My 2 servals and 4 savannahs would just love a scratching post/ maybe this way they will leave the couch alone

  45. We have 3 very active cats in our house and they love to sharpen their claws on scratching boxes and our backyard fence. It would be great to win this scratching post for our house.

  46. I have 5 kitties…and this would help so much!

  47. my cat LOVES scratching posts! would love to win him a new one

  48. We just adopted our first cat! He would love this:)

  49. I’ve never had a scratching post for my cats. They’ve always used trees or wooden fence posts to scratch on. It would be nice to have a scratching post in the house for them.

  50. Would love to win this for our cat Gracie!!

  51. My cat would to have this.

  52. This would be so nice for my cats.

  53. My cats would love this! Thank you 😊

  54. My little guy really needs it!

  55. YES! I was just looking at these on the Chewy website yesterday! My two girls LOVE to scratch on the love seat and I’m trying to break the bad habit. I think a scratching post is what they need! ❤🤞

  56. My Nelson has scratch the sisal right off his scratchers!! I need to replace them often ! We could definitely use a nice strong, sturdy one!!

  57. Cosmo would love this!

  58. I have 4 cats this would work great for them.

  59. Michelle D HarrisonMarch 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

    My cats would love to scratch this post. They destroy the cardboard scratchers that I get them. Thank you for the opportunity!

  60. cole and Pearl would love this scratching post. Maybe it would stop them scratching the couches and the walls.

  61. My cat would love this but my furniture may love it more.

  62. Help, we love our 16lb bengal Sangha but he scratches everything! this scrathcher looks perfect!!

  63. My cats love to scratch and Everyone has their go to scratcher. This would be a nice addition.

  64. We would love to replace our much worn scratch pole! Meow! Meow! Thanks, Oni Blu, Cali & Claus 🐾

  65. We just moved into a new furnished house and the two cats are scratching the throw rugs. Mama Kitty & Sally Ray sure could use that scratching pole ? Save our new home.

  66. My has a scratching pad. She could really use a good post though.

  67. My cat Bentley oddly enough loves to come up behind me and try scratching on my leg when I have pants on. It’s funny but very painful. So he really could use a scratching post

  68. My cat Kobe Beef loves his kitty condo to use as a scratching post. He’s demolished the side!

  69. My 5 cats like to use my couch as a scratching post. This would be better for all of us.

  70. With 5 inside cats and 2 grandkitties that come from Nashville, Tn to visit……….I know this would certainly be a used item in our home.

  71. Great looking scratching post! My two little ones would love it.

  72. My daughter has 2 kittens & would be perfect for her

  73. My 6 definitely need something so they stop scratching my couch!

  74. My cat needs this, thanks for the chance!

  75. I have 4 cats with very sharp claws. They (I) could use this.

  76. Would love to win this for my cat!

  77. my cat Jon Snowy NEEDS this! he is tearing up carpet all over

  78. Thanks for the chance to win, Pootie & Loki would love to scratch that up!

  79. Would love to win this for my two kitties, Marmalade and Candy!

  80. My two babies would love this!

  81. My two kitties would just love this we don’t have one but we do have lots of playtime!

  82. So cute. We would love this.

  83. Our kitties would go to town on this hahah — they love to claw on my dining room table the one leg is ruined now, no matter how you try to correct them they still sneak a scratch or 2 or 3 in unfortunately.

  84. My 3 kitties would love this!

  85. I’d love to win this for my fur babies, they love presents

  86. Stella would love the SmartCat Ultimate Cat Scratching Post!

  87. My cat definitely would love to win one!

  88. My cats love to scratch on my reclining chair. I think this would be the perfect addition next to the chair to keep them from doing that.

  89. My cat definitely needs this, because they do tear up everything in the house when they scratch, even the walls.

  90. My 3 cats would love a new post to scratch on.

  91. My daughters kitties would love this!

  92. Our 2 babies have destroyed the corners of our furniture, among other parts. We had to get new couch and chair and bought over $60.00 worth of furniture covers, but they still get under and scratch. I know they need to scratch and have purchased scratch pads, but they still prefer the furniture. $1000.00 in furniture and not sure how long it will last. Do not want them de-clawed even though they never go outside, but at a loss at this point.

  93. My three cats use cardboard scratchers, but the cardboard scratchers are so messy! It gets so messy so fast after vacuuming. This scratch her would be so much cleaner and save me some work!

  94. I have 2 cats & my mom has 2. All of them use sisal scratch posts (of varying styles), but one of my two girls. She thinks her paws are too good for sisal. Yes to couches and perforated cardboard embedded toys, but wont even touch the beautiful Brazilian Sisal large post I built for her. I even put her feet right on it and dragged them across in case she’s just stupid. Nada.
    Till this year at my mom’s place. After 9 years she finally “gets it”. Stubborn is more like it. The more I tried, the more she resisted. Now that she’s on board, maybe I can consider other cat furniture, like this scratch post here. A freebie like that would let me know if she will go for it and not just her sister.

  95. My 4 kitty’s would enjoy these

  96. I have one cat scratcher but would love another because my two cats love to scratch. They use the one I have. I know another would help. One of them even started scratching my woodwork on my benches, frames ect.

  97. I have a 1 1/2 year old Polydactyl cat which we adopted last year from Petco. Him and his brothers and sisters were left in a box on side of a hwy. and someone found them. I adopted one and my son adopted 2. unfortunaltley on had to be put down at 11 months due to I believe a liver condition. Very sad. But Ziggy is clawing my carpet everyday. I have tried everything. My furniture he claws at, the stairs. I tried plastic guards and even the catnip spray to spray on his toys, bed, tent,cat nip on A scratching post which he does’t use. Also have a scratching box on the floor he uses it for a short time but back to the things he should not be doing! I hope this will do the trick and maybe I can win this. Thank you.

  98. This would be great to have for my two cats. They like to scratch quite a bit like most cats.

  99. my babies love the kitchen chairs …would be great to try this scratch post

  100. My three cats seem to have a competition going on the walls. I surely need a scratching post they will use.

  101. My couch arm can use a rest!

  102. This would work so much better than the carpet. Roo would love to stretch out on this!

  103. Each kitty needs their own, I need another

  104. Every kitty needs his own.

  105. I have two cats and one of them will not stop scratching on my new love seat. Maybe she would love to have a new scratching post. Sure would be great if she didn’t scratch my love seat anymore.

  106. My naughty cat pepper needs to use this instead of my couch!

  107. My cat could use one of these! Thank you for the chance to win one for him!

  108. keeping paws crossed hope I win!

  109. I love seeing cats enjoying themselves. Thanks for the info too.

  110. Jean Elizabeth KnorrMarch 12, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    My kitties would love this!

  111. My lucky girl needs this!

  112. YASSSSS I need!!!!

  113. this would be great to win!

  114. This would be great for my daughters cat.

  115. i have three , one was rescued from a dumpster as a kitten ,now four years old and loves to scratch I could really use this !

  116. Our new 2yr male *stray* Apache has been acclimated to our home with 3 bulldog-mix members consisting of 2 female sisters and 1 male rescue. Apache now acts like one of them at times especially at “Snack Time with Dad”. Apache (Patch) scratches on lots of things in the house even though he has a scratch table.

  117. I would love this for my cats!!!! They need this instead of my furniture…

  118. I would like to win this for m cat.

  119. My kitty hasn’t liked the last 3 scrathers i got him….he’s started scratching my door frames in the House!

  120. I absolutely, could use this. I have adopted another Kitty from a shelter and she is a nervous mess, and my other kitty wants to now scratch everything she can. This would be a lot of help for them both.

    Thank you for the chance to win.


  121. I absolutely could use this. I have adopted another Kitty from a shelter and she is a nervous mess, and my other kitty wants to scratch everything now, since I got a new kitty she too is a mess. This would be a lot of help for them both.

    Thank you for the chance to win.


  122. My cat Moses loves to claw anything wooden. He has destroyed the door frame to our bedroom. He really would love a big scratching post.

  123. Took Maya in off the street, so she’s pretty savy. In warm weather she’s content to attack the trees in the yard, in the winter, not so much. My chairs appear to be much more interesting than any of her scratching posts.:( would love to ry something new!

  124. My kitties scratch at the door frames. They have dug through the wall at the back door and I swear they scratch to “knock” on the door …. especially when I happen to be on the other side of that door! 🐺🐱

  125. Cindy Benson-ClarkMarch 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    My kitty, Garfield, is tearing up carpet and the outside of my back door! My husband built a scratcher but…..
    So we and Garfield would appreciate winning this one!

  126. We have recently adopted a stray cat, or should I say, she adopted us finally. It only took 4 months to give in to the warm house and snuggles. Sage would love this post.

  127. My fluffy kitty would love this🤗

  128. Would love to win!

  129. My two cats would love this scratcher!!!

  130. With 3 cats, I can always use another scratcher. They’d love this one!

  131. Help save my furniture!!! We have 90 sharp nails that need to scratch.

  132. Need his, new cat mom still learning her quirks!

  133. Oh, we are going to have to try this one! I just purchased a smaller sized one for Ms. KitKat and she honestly doesn’t like it. Bummer. This one isn’t as carpeted so maybe she’ll love it! 🙂 Awesome giveaway and good luck everyone!

  134. Cassandra ConfortiMarch 16, 2018 at 6:59 am

    I need this in my life ❤️😺😺😺😺

  135. Buddy and Holly, brother and sister, love scratching carpets, sofas, and rugs. They even use a scratching post on occasion! They’d love to use this wonderful tall scratching post!

  136. With the expense of 5 inside cats, and 1 outside cat, I would not be able to just purchase the scratching post, even though I think our cats would love it (it would be considered a luxury item). We rescued 2 of our cats, and brought them in from the outside, so they can get a little out of control! I think they would love the upright post, and it might even calm them down (ok, maybe a little bit?). All of our fur babies would probably enjoy the post – a couple of them are getting older, and would probably benefit from the stretching and exercise. 🙂

  137. My little Russian blue would love this! He is a wild child and loves climbing everywhere!

  138. 5 cats to many 😉

  139. My kitty Sheba would really enjoy this!

  140. My lil Bryzzo would love this!

  141. My kitties would love this scratching post.

  142. Debra Lynn WohlhuterMarch 17, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    How purrfect to help my crew as well as being able to own a couch again!! TY for the chance!!

  143. It’d be great change less worry and expenses in long run

  144. Our two cats would love this!

  145. Would love to get one of our cats to stop scratching our door frames!

  146. six cats all prefer the chair to the post. they do like the round ball chaser with center scratcher but still like to stretch and scratch. help me with a new post to ease the scratching mob….

  147. This would make for some very happy kitties!

  148. My cats love this scratching post! And it keeps them from scratching anything else.

  149. We just had ne den furniture delivered this week and our boy Sully is already scratching on it. I would love to see if this distracts him from my new chair and sofa (and my door frames and anything else he can find to scratch on.)

  150. would be much tidier than what she uses now – me!

  151. Harley and Davidson would love this.

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