Scratching Posts - why your kitten needs one and which one to choose

Are you asking yourself whether your kitten needs a scratching post? Well, the answer is: yes, they do. And you will want one, too, at least if you don´t like your furniture to be torn into shreds. But why do kittens actually scratch certain pieces so frequently and which type of cat tree is the best for my pet? 

Kittens scratch furniture and other items as a way to sharpen their claws and to mark their territory. They use their claws to stretch their muscles and keep them strong and healthy. Scratching also helps to remove the old outer layer of the nails and keep them at a manageable length. It can also be a form of play or a way to relieve stress and boredom.

When it comes to cat trees, there are many different types to choose from. The height and different levels of a cat tree can provide multiple perching and scratching spots. Cat trees can come with a variety of features such as toys, ramps, scratching posts, and platforms for cats to rest on. Some cat trees are made from durable materials such as carpet, wood, or sisal rope and can come with a variety of colors and designs.

The pros of cat trees include providing cats with a safe place to climb, scratch, and rest as well as providing them with outlets for their natural behavior. The cons trees include the fact that they take up a lot of space in the home and the price, which can range anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars depending on the size and features.

Choose a scratching post that is made out of durable material and has a stable base (if your in a shop, jolt it a bit to see whether it tips over easily). For hygienic reasons the cat tree should also be easy to clean.