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    Question Scratching post ideas

    The triangular seagrass post is so wodrn out Daiisy scratches the carpet in front instead of the scratcher itself. (She is strctly a horizontal scratcher.) The vet told me she should have variety, including vertical posts she wuld never use.



    So here are my questions before I shop for a new thing for her to scratch on that does not break the bank.

    Rank your preferences: Sisal (rope), seagrass, carpet, and corrugated cardboard.
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    sisal rope and seagrass, the cardboard doesn't last, she'll destroy that quickly
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    It seems everyone except one Petsmart employee thinks sisal is the most durable material out there. That lady said her cat distroyed sisal. Depends on the cat I guess.
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    I don't like the sisal at all, my cat isn't even an intense scratcher, but the sisal started coming apart and making a mess all over, I had to keep cutting pieces off because it always unraveled. I'd never get sisal again. The cardboard is okay, but I had two of them for him and he used them a little but quickly lost interest. The old tried and true carpet seems to be best, IMO. You can probably make your own with a small carpet remnant and some wood to attach it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha1 View Post
    I don't like the sisal at all, my cat isn't even an intense scratcher, but the sisal started coming apart and making a mess all over, I had to keep cutting pieces off because it always unraveled. I'd never get sisal again. The cardboard is okay, but I had two of them for him and he used them a little but quickly lost interest. The old tried and true carpet seems to be best, IMO. You can probably make your own with a small carpet remnant and some wood to attach it to.
    Daisy loves carpet. As a kitten, her favorite thing to scratch was a tiny machine-washable rug in the kitchen. She treated it like a toy - scratching, biting, and kicking it. (I had to cut threads off it a few times.) Later, she lost interest and started scratching carpet instead. So my question is how can i make sure Daisy knows this carpet is OK but that carpet is not?
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    try to retrain her as if she were a small kitten, when you see her scratch the carpet pick her up, say "no, scratch here" as you put her where you can scratch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda2147 View Post
    try to retrain her as if she were a small kitten, when you see her scratch the carpet pick her up, say "no, scratch here" as you put her where you can scratch.
    I agree, bring them to the scratching post and re-teach to scratch there. But it should be done in a positive way, not scolding. Also, if they scratch immediately on the post, they should be given a tiny treat and praised until the training is over and the new good habit is formed.

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    Hey Everyone,
    I'm new here. I tried looking through some threads for an answer but couldn't find anything.
    I'm looking to buy some Sisal rope (my cats love it) for a scratching post I need to re-rope.
    I'm reading that a lot of cheaper Sisal ropes are treated, and not to use them. Is this correct? Is it actually harmful?
    Some of them are crazy expensive, especially to ship to Canada. I found this one for cheap, it seems to be good. Any thoughts would be appreciated!!
    https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.3...000799685.html

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