The Best Materials for Cat Scratching Posts: What to Look For

When selecting a cat scratching post, the material is just as important as the design. At Cat Tree Haven, we recommend choosing materials that will satisfy your cat’s natural scratching instincts while offering durability. Here’s what to look for in materials for cat scratching posts:

  1. Sisal Fabric and Rope:

Sisal is a highly durable and rough material that many cats prefer for scratching. It helps them remove the dead outer layer of their claws naturally. Sisal fabric tends to be more durable than sisal rope and provides a flat, consistent scratching surface.

  1. Corrugated Cardboard:

An eco-friendly and cost-effective option, corrugated cardboard is excellent for cats who prefer a softer material. It’s less durable than sisal but can be easily replaced.

  1. Carpet:

While not as ideal as sisal, carpet-covered scratching posts are still popular. Choose a tight, loop-free carpet as cats may get their claws stuck in looped carpet, which can lead to injury.

  1. Wood:

Natural wood can be very attractive to some cats and can serve as a durable scratching surface. Ensure the wood is smooth and free from any splinters or harmful treatments.


The right material can make all the difference in how much your cat will use their scratching post. Visit Cat Tree Haven to explore a variety of scratching posts made from these cat-friendly materials.

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