Multifunctional Scratching Posts

 

Stylist cat scratching post

Scratching is an instinctive need for cats. All cats must be provided with areas to scratch.

When I first got my cat I was nervous he was going to scratch my 30 year old vintage emerald green velvet sofa that I just adore. So I researched different scratching posts. I live in a smallish typical European apartment so its not like I could put a big ugly tree scratching area in my basement. And I know cats want to scratch in socially significant areas. I knew I did not want an ugly obtrusive scratching post in my home. I found some beautiful inspiration for scratching posts like this one

Dog Shaped Cat Scratching Post

 

I didn’t want to invest in something so expensive (any still beautiful) But I also didn’t want to buy something cheap and ugly.  So I offered him cardboard as well as different tree trunks/logs to try out which he still uses but only on the terrace. He quickly showed me that he preferred my wicker bins. I was so happy! This bin contains all IT cords from our internet setup that I would rather hide. He loves laying down next to it to scratch and attack it.

Stylist cat scratching post

It’s great because I spend a lot of time at the computer so every time he comes to say hello he scratches.  After a year of scratching there is only minimal damage. I do have to vacuum up the pieces that fall off. I am more than happy to replace it every couple years or so as needed.

Stylist cat scratching post

He loved it so much I bought two more to use around the house. 3 in 1! Its storage, visually appealing and fulfills his scratching needs. This one houses all of our maps and travel guides.

Stylist Cat Scratching Post
 
While I still have dreams getting some of the more designer modern scratching posts I have stalked online, for now my family, my sofa and my cat couldn’t be happier. :-)
The first one is from IKEA and made of sea grass and is all natural.
Various Rattan Baskets – These baskets are easy to find in most home stores.
Check out this DIY scratching post I made from an old large vase.
What are your favorite scratching posts that do not clash with your home style?

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2 Comments

  1. August 22, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    I have a large sisal rug in my living room that I replace every 2-3 years or so, which is pretty much indestructible (or at least it takes a lonnnnnng time to destroy!), a bit like your wicker bins, and I let my cats use this to their heart’s content. :)

  2. December 8, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Have you tried getting a cat condo/cat tree for your cat? If you have an active cat those are perfect for keeping them engaged.