SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post – Do You Own One?

| September 21, 2013 | 29 Comments

Do you have the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post?  How does your kitty like it?  I like the idea of it because it’s made of sisal, rather than carpet.  It will last longer as a result.  I have long been interested in reviewing one.  It’s a great vertical scratcher for cats – if your kitty likes to scratch.

SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post

It’s currently on sale on Amazon for $45.49, regularly $74.99. SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. John says:

    I have a SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post. One cat uses it several times a day, the other never touches it.

  2. Jessica says:

    Thank goodness my cats like sisal over everything else (carpet, cardboard, etc). I’ve had this post for over 9 months, but unfortunately, my kitties only use it once a day to “stretch” rather than to scratch. Although they don’t use it as a scratching post, I’m going to keep it because it’s sturdy, looks nice, doesn’t fray (but of course, that’s probably because my cats don’t scratch it!), and it’s going to last a long time. 🙂

  3. Karen says:

    Bought it after seeing review on floppycats. It is large and solid and cats like it. I find moving it around every few weeks keeps their interest in it.

  4. Linda Pletka says:

    Hi, Jenny!

    Yes, I bought one of these for Pekoe. I’ve learned that in every room, she needs a place/bed that’s “hers” in which to snuggle/rest to feel comfy and safe AND place in which to scratch… So, in our loft, the higest place was on top of a TV cabinet several feet off the floor. This little post with its small footprint fit perfectlly into the foot or so at its end… I got the little optional shelf/bed with a red cover that comes with it. Her big cat bed is at the bottom at an angle, and she’ll stretch and scratch this post, as well as use it as a spring board up to the top of the TV cabinet, where I keep another of her favorite little cardboard longes… Sometimes, too, she’ll settle for awhile on top of the red shelf at the top of this post.

    It’s ideal, and takes up no space.. Every home needs to have one.

    Linda & Pekoe (and pug, Ming)

  5. Deb (and Keila and Malibu) says:

    This was a Christmas present for Keila and Malibu last year. They love it and they’ve stopped scratching the Lazy Boy since it arrived. The post is easy to assemble and very sturdy. It’s nice to be able to rotate the post for even wear so that they aren’t always scratching at the same location and they love being able to stretch fully since most posts are a little too short to do this. I’d recommend it.

    They also have the Smart Cat Bootsie Combination Scratcher which hangs on the wall. This is a few years older and the sisal is starting to frazzle. It might be time for a new Scratcher but they still use it every day and it’s much more durable than carpet.

  6. Anna says:

    I bought one in 2006 after I adopted my himi. When I set it up and she saw it, it was like she recognized it. She ran to it and started scratching. Maybe her foster home had one. It was so cute. All the other cats use it too.

  7. Rochelle says:

    i have 2 of these for my 2 ragdolls. they love them and scratch on them many times a day and they still look good they also like to perch on top of them. like others have said, they seemed to immediately recognize it as theirs from the moment i set them up.

  8. Susan Marie says:

    This is a very sturdy & durable post. My cats like to stretch out while scratching. I also use a cardboard scratcher. They use both.

  9. I don’t have one of these but I do have The Mondo model (with the circular bed attachment) from Purrfect Scratch (http://www.purrfectpost.com/mondo.html). This is the largest woven sisal scratching post available according to their website. It’s been a huge success with our previous cat (Sweet Sora, who passed last December) for many years and Pink Sugar also loves it. Plus, it still looks as new as the day we got it (3 years ago). 🙂

  10. Yes I bought this after seeing it on your site. My kitten took to it immediately. I only showed him once how to use it as he started to go after my sisal rugs which is the same stuff on the scratching post. He has never gone after the rugs again and never touched my furniture. It’s an awesome scratcher and extremely sturdy and not bad looking compared to the carpet ones. I love it and so does my kitten! I love your recommendations by the way…

  11. Cynthia says:

    Mine arrived just last week and my 9 mth old kitten is terrified of it. The first 2 days she wouldn’t even walk through the room where it was to get to her food dish. I have placed catnip and some of her toys on/around it to make it look less intimidating and also put it to one side of the room so that it looks less like the monolith of “2001, A Space Odyssey”. She has expressed some curiosity, but no scratching yet. I expect that eventually she will warm up to it, but my big disappointment is that mine arrived with the top compressed board cracked in several layers. The board is poor quality which is a let-down given the price, and the weight makes it impractical to send back.

    • Jenny says:

      I would lean it on it’s side and then bring her up to it and say, “It’s OK” while doing it. I figured out the other day that I say that so much to Charlie and Trigg that they now know it’s really OK!

      Also, do you have a cat wand toy? I would drag the toy up the post and see if she will run up after it!

      Sorry to hear about the top compressed board cracked – have you contacted who you purchased it from to see if they can send a replacement? If you purchased it on Amazon, they might send a replacement. Or contact the manufacturer and explain the problem! It definitely isn’t your job to pay/fix that!

      • Cynthia says:

        Hi,

        I have tried the wand and it was “close but no cigar”. I took the base off and put it on its side (good idea- thanks) used the want and got her to sniff the post. Literally and figuratively “getting closer”. I feel optimistic that eventually she will like the post. I will keep trying. Funny that she has never been afraid of the furniture she likes to scratch on! 😉 I will contact the company and see what they will do. Maybe they will at least send me replacement ends — both ends are separating into their layers.

        • Jenny says:

          Cool – let me know how the company responds.

          Glad that you’re getting closer. I think it’s important. Have you tried putting it in another room – just make it present for her always and see what happens. A pain, but maybe worth it.

  12. Wendy says:

    I purchased this scratching post plus the optional pedestal and pad for the top for my Ragdoll Loki when he came to live with me a couple of months ago. He does love the post and can sometimes actually dig his claws in deep enough to climb it — that’s when I know it’s time to trim his claws. 😉 Just this past weekend he realized that there is a perch on top that he can sit on, as evidenced by this photo: http://wendyknits.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Loli092213.jpg

  13. Tina Eldridge says:

    Our two kitens love this & use it daily. In fact, they climb up & down it. Very sturdy, well built. Thanks for recommending.

  14. Jan says:

    My dsh baby, Mollie, loved this scratching post. She was a 15 lb kitty and the post didn’t move when she would use it. Unfortunately we lost Mollie recently, but we are on a waiting list for a ragdoll kitten. Any tips for how to train a kitten to use nothing but this post????

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