What are the best cat scratch posts currently available to cat owners? We take a look at some of the best

Scratch posts are an essential purchase for indoor cat owners. Cats love to scratch, not only to maintain their claws, but also as a means of marking their territory. Without a designated area or object to scratch, cats will often resort to items of furniture to satisfy their scratching urges — not ideal for their owners! There are dozens of scratch posts and play towers & trees on the market (click here to see Amazon’s extensive selection), so today we’re looking at the best cat scratch posts available to buy online.

The best cat scratch posts for cats?

There are literally thousands of different scratch posts available for cat owners, in all manner of shapes and sizes. There are scratch posts tailored for all shapes and sizes of cat. ‘Best’ is, to a certain extent, subjective, so in compiling this list we’ve tried to draw from personal experience, suggestions and recommendations, online reviews and owner feedback.

As part of compiling the list of the best cat scratch posts we’ve looked for a combination of the following:

  • Value for money: scratch posts that make a fantastic offering at a reasonable price
  • Longevity: products that stand up to being scratched every day
  • Uniqueness: interesting products that caught our eye
  • Functionality: cat caves, multiple levels, inbuilt toys

It’s also worth noting that both the choice and price of cat scratch posts is vastly greater online. Amazon have a huge offering of play towers and trees at often greatly cheaper prices than high street pet stores.

Update April 2016: This list originally included the Milo & Misty Cat Bed and Scratching Post however this model is no longer available. We’ve updated the list with an alternative we feel offers very similar features at an affordable price.

Update December 2016: This post has gathered more attention than we ever could have expected, so we’ve expanded the list based on further research and feedback. 

Update January 2018: We’ve updated the list, checked prices and availability and included some new picks for 2018!


 

1. Floor to Ceiling Cat Tree Cat Scratch Post by Homes

New for 2018, the floor to ceiling cat scratch post is a brilliantly inventive entry to the cat scratch post market. Rather than just being self-standing like most cat scratch posts, this scratch post from WHomes extends all the way from the floor to the ceiling, with an adjustable height of between 240–288cm.

Floor to ceiling cat scratch post
Floor to ceiling cat scratch post

The mammoth height of the scratch post allows for 3 different levels which all vary in height for your cat. Because the scratch post is also tethered to the ceiling, the footprint is actually quite small, making this perfect if you live in a flat and need to tuck the scratch post into the corner of a room.

What we like:

  • Excellent, innovative design
  • Floor to ceiling height gives cats plenty of levels to sit on
  • Small footprint makes it ideal where space is limited

Price: £54.99 with free delivery for Prime members
Score: 5/5

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2. Trixie Parla Scratching Post, 62 cm, Platinum Grey

Kicking off our roundup of the best cat scratch posts is the number 1 bestseller on Amazon.co.uk in Scratching Posts & Pads for some time now. The Parla Scratching Post by Trixie is a 62 cm tall scratch post suitable for kittens to large adult cats.

Trixie Parla Scratching Post
Trixie Parla Scratching Post by Trixie

The scratch post couldn’t be easier to assemble, with just two main parts (the base and the scratch post) and a supplied bolt to join both parts together. Despite such a simple construction, the scratch post is sturdy and after almost a year hasn’t yet needed re-tightening.

Covered in natural sisal, a course, natural fibre, the Parla Scratching Post by Trixie is durable and withstands attacks from even the most fervent scratcher.

We were sceptical that a product at this price point would last, but the scratch post is still going strong, the soft finished material looks as good as new and the scratch post has yet to come loose, unwind or begin fraying.

What we like:

  • Perfect for cats that like to scratch vertically (for example table legs)
  • Tall but with a large base so very sturdy
  • Simple to assemble, with just two parts bolted together
  • Affordable and durable
  • Available in a number of colours

Price: £13.99 with FREE delivery
Score: 5/5

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3. Cozy Pet Deluxe Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher & Activity Centre

At more than 2 metres tall, the Cozy Pet Deluxe XXL Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher isn’t just a scratch post, it’s a comprehensive cat entertainment system with places for your cat to sleep, explore, play and scratch, spread over five different levels. 

Cozy Pet Deluxe Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher & Activity Centre
Cozy Pet Deluxe Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher & Activity Centre

Made from the very best materials and the highest quality sisal fibres, the Cozy Pet Deluxe XXL Multi Level Cat Tree Scratcher is an investment that’s built to last. Whilst certainly not cheap, the old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ applies here. We were bowled over by just how well-finished the product is.

The sheer size of the scratch post, coupled with the number of levels and variety of entertainment on offer makes this an ideal solution for a multi-cat household, and probably 3 or more cats could entertain themselves at any one time without ever getting in each other’s way.

Whilst this is an expensive product, it really is a well-constructed and finished scratch post and all-in-one entertainment centre for your indoor cats and fully deserves its place own our list of the best cat scratch posts. The product is also available in cheaper, less fully-featured configurations, which start at around £40.00.

What we like:

  • At the top end of the cat scratch post market, this product has everything
  • Very strong construction with 7 durable heavy duty sisal scratch posts
  • 3 hammocks, 9 viewing spots, a play hoop and 3 cat houses make this the ultimate place for your cat to play
  • Available in a number of sizes and configurations

Price: From £55.99 with free delivery in the UK
Score: 4/5

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4. PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge

Slightly different to other scratch posts featured in this review, the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge isn’t a scratch post so much as an all-in-one scratcher/lounger. Not only does it provide your cat with a comfortable place to lay, but the entire surface is one giant scratchable surface, perfect for cats who like to scratch horizontally (for example along carpets or flooring).

PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher
PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher

Measuring 86cm wide, the lounger is perfect for cats of all shapes and sizes, and the attractive curved design and neutral colour scheme would make a nice edition to most living rooms without being too imposing.

Made from eco-friendly compressed corrugated cardboard, we were concerned that the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge wouldn’t last particularly long, especially around indoor cats. But we were impressed with how well it held up, even after sustained scratching/lounging from our large male Maine Coon.

As soon as this was placed in the room our cats warmed to it immediately, preferring to have a quick scratch then enjoyed a long nap on top of it. The stylish curved design has attracted lots of positive comments from fellow cat lovers, and although not a conventional scratch post, this deserves its place in the list. What’s even better is the price has reduced in 2018, and the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is now available for less than £40.00.

What we like:

  • Doubles as a comfortable place for your cat to sleep
  • Made from sturdy, eco-friendly cardboard
  • Comes with a 6 month money-back guarantee

Price: £39.95 with free delivery in the UK
Score: 4/5

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5. BUNNY BUSINESS Cat Bed and Scratching Post with Toys Scratch Posts Tree

At the lower end of the scratch post/activity tree market, the BUNNY BUSINESS Cat Bed and Scratching Post with Toys Scratch Posts Tree is proof that you don’t need to spend a lot for an all-in-one cat scratch post, bed and activity centre.

BUNNY BUSINESS Cat Bed and Scratching Post with Toys Scratch Posts Tree
BUNNY BUSINESS Cat Bed and Scratching Post with Toys Scratch Posts Tree

Finished in an attractive cream material on both the base and bed, the scratch bridge is covered in natural sisal, whilst the bed is extra comfy and the suspended balls are a nice additional feature, not often seen on scratch posts at this price range.

The play bridge on the BUNNY BUSINESS Cat Bed and Scratching Post with Toys Scratch Posts Tree is also covered in sisal, providing another area for your cat to scratch.

We loved how much thought had been put into this product to maximise the entertainment value for your cat at such a reasonable price point. The bed is large enough for a medium-sized adult, the multiple scratch posts with suspended ball are well put together and the play bridge with hidden mouse is a lovely touch. Despite the low cost, this absolutely deserves its place as one of the best cat scratch posts available.

What we like:

  • Simple to assemble
  • Affordable price
  • Natural sisal covered scratching post
  • Plush grey cover on both the base and cat bed

Price: £24.99 plus FREE delivery
Score: 4/5

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6. Natural sisal scratching post from Lolipet

Sitting in the low-mid price range is the Natural Sisal Scratching Post from Lolipet. A multi-level cat scratch post and play tree, the Lolipet includes platforms and beds, as well as a cat cave and charming ladder leading up to the very top.

Lolipet multi-level cat scratch post
The multi-level Lolipet multi-level cat scratch post

Our cats love a cat cave, and the integrated cave along with multiple platforms of varying heights has proved to be a winner with cat owners. The platforms and beds can be rotated to reduce the overall width of the climbing tree, meaning the product has a fairly small footprint for quite a tall and functional scratch post.

The attractive grey faux-fur is a nice finish, and the addition of some hanging toys and rope is a really nice finishing touch. This is a scratch post that really does have it all, and has proved to be a huge hit with indoor cat owners.

What we like:

  • Multiple levels including beds and platforms
  • Tall but with a small footprint
  • Natural sisal covered scratching post
  • Plush, inbuilt cat cave

Price: £39.99 including FREE delivery in the UK
Score: 4.5/5

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7. Happypet CAT021 Cat Scratching Tree

A really popular scratching tree amongst our readers is the Happycat CAT021 Cat Scratching Tree from Happypet. Perhaps better known for their range of cat toys and accessories, Happypet have produced a large, beautifully finished scratching tree with multiple platforms and scratching surfaces.

Happypet CAT021 Cat Scratching Tree
The Happypet CAT021 Cat Scratching Tree

Built around three sisal scratch posts, the scratching tree boasts a thick base plate and platforms which help ensure the tree remains nice and stable, even with more than one cat using it. As well as the sisal posts — including a small, horizontal rotating scratching post on the base which is a lovely touch — a sisal rope is included which passes through the middle platform.

One of the more expensive scratching trees, this is a high-quality product suitable for a cult-cat household, with plenty of platforms and beds to explore.

What we like:

  • High-quality finish
  • Study base and platforms
  • Suitable for a multi-cat household and designed to be used by several cats at once
  • Plush, inbuilt cat cave

Price: From £33.95, with numerous configurations and colours available
Score: 4.5/5

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8. The PetFusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher

Another popular product from PetFusion, the PetFusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge is their largest offering, and one of the largest scratcher lounges on the market.

As with the Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge featured above, this is ideal for cats who like to scratch horizontally as well as vertically.

PetFusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge
The PetFusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge

The scratcher lounge is constructed from recycled cardboard and a non-toxic corn starch glue, making it perfectly suitable for animals. The jumbo size is great for multi-cat households, and the slightly concave shape makes it super comfortable. The hole running through the scratcher lounge means double the surfaces to scratch, and the product can be flipped over to increase its lifespan. The price has also been reduced by £10.00 for 2018.

What we like:

  • Jumbo size for several cats to use at once
  • Durable, long-lasting due to high-quality materials and construction
  • Reversible design

Price: £59.95 with FREE delivery
Score: 4.5/5

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9. PEDY Cat Bed Hammock with Scratch Post

Combining a bed with a scratch post is winning combination in our eyes, and this scratch post is a great example of this. Measuring 20 inches tall, this is perfect for a slightly smaller cat and the dual pillars mean more surface to scratch! If your cat likes to lounge around but also has a tendency to scratch vertically — furniture legs for example — this might be the perfect solution.

MAGIC UNION 20-Inch Cat Bed Hammock with Scratch Post
MAGIC UNION 20-Inch Cat Bed Hammock with Scratch Post

Grey seems to be the ‘in’ colour at the moment (although there is also a brown option), but the combination of soft fabric with the natural sisal posts makes for a smart looking product. This could also be ideal for flats or smaller houses, saving space by combining both the cat bed and scratch posts. The product comes with great reviews and is suitable for cats of all ages and activity levels.

What we like:

  • Combined bed and dual scratch posts saves space
  • Smart, neutral looks
  • Soft, comfy fabric and natural sisal construction

Price: £24.99 with FREE delivery
Score: 4/5

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10. Kerbl Cat Opal Maxi Scratching Post

The Kerbl Cat Opal Scratching Post, like the Trixie Parla scratch post is a more standard scratch post, but this doesn’t make it any less effective. What we especially like about this is the height — at 78cm tall there’s plenty of surface for cats that like to scratch vertically.

Kerbl Cat Opal Maxi Scratching Post
The Kerbl Cat Opal Maxi Scratching Post

As with the Trixie Parla scratch post, this is also a very cost-effective product. With excellent reviews and a competitive price, this is definitely worthy of its place on the list, and the added ball is a nice touch.

What we like:

  • Very well priced
  • A very tall scratch post, perfect for large cats with plenty of surface to scratch
  • Soft, comfy fabric and natural sisal construction

Price: £19.32 with FREE delivery
Score: 4.5/5

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11. Cat Tree Cat Palace Elite

We couldn’t list the best cat scratch posts without mentioning this. Finally, the Rolls-Royce of cat scratch posts/cat trees. If you have the budget (and the space!), the Cat Tree Cat Palace Elite is the ultimate cat scratch post and cat tree. Weighing in at almost 65KG and standing over 2 metres tall, this is a product that’s built to last!

Cat Tree Cat Palace Elite Cream White cat scratcher
Cat Tree Cat Palace Elite Cream White cat scratcher

Featuring multiple levels and finished in the highest-quality materials, the Cat Tree Cat Palace Elite is a beautiful piece of furniture in its own right. The construction and finish really is second to none, and this Dutch-designed, handmade marvel would make a striking feature in anyone cat lover’s home.

The gigantic size and quality materials and construction make this suitable for even the biggest of cats, and even the top-most beds are sturdy and safe.

This really is one of the best cat scratch posts out there. The price and size will limit the audience, but the attention to detail, quality of construction and design really does make this a standout product. The manufacturer also offers to ship individual parts, so if a certain scratch post does become well-worn, it can be replaced. A premium product in every sense of the word.

What we like:

  • Beautifully designed and finished
  • Huge dimensions and sturdy materials make it perfect for large cats
  • Constructed from the highest-quality materials
  • Super-sturdy base minimises risk of toppling over

Price: £299.00 plus £9.50 UK delivery
Score: 5/5 (if you can afford it!)

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12. PURLOVE® Large Cat Tree Cat Scratcher Activity Centre

Available in a number of different configurations, the PURLOVE® Large Cat Tree Cat Scratcher Activity Centre Scratching Post Climbing Tower Tree is a large, multi-level cat scratcher and activity tree which is ideal for indoor cats.

PURLOVE® Large Cat Tree Cat Scratcher Activity Centre
The PURLOVE® Large Cat Tree Cat Scratcher Activity Centre

What we like:

  • Multi-level cat scratcher and activity tree
  • Includes several places for your cat to sit
  • Built-in cat cave

Price: £41.99 including FREE UK delivery
Score: 4/5

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Does your cat have a favourite scratch post, or is there a brand you go to every time you need a new one? What do you look for in a scratch post? Let us know in the comments below!

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