Back in early 2020, after several readers asked me if we had reviewed the Scratchy Ramp, I finally researched to find the company behind it. I asked if they could send us one to review – not knowing they had two sizes. They were kind enough to send us both sizes to check out.
In April 2020, we received the two Scratchy Ramps. They were working on a Scratchy Ramp with a replaceable ramp at that time. But it was not out yet. The Scratchy Ramp is a 2-in-1 cat ramp and incline cat scratching pad.
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After seeing how much the cats used the ramp, I realized that waiting for the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 with the replaceable ramp was important.
You can grab one on Alphapaw and use the Scratchy Ramp discount code FLOPPYCATS20 to save 20% – that code also works as an Alpha Paw promo code or coupon code and also works on the Paw Ramp.
And so, in November 2020, we got the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 – which looks no different than the smaller two we initially received.
And the cats took to it straight away as usual.
Oh, and I LOVE THE SCRATCHY RAMP 2.0.
Packaging of the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
The Scratchy Ramp 2.0 will arrive in a large cardboard box that’s quite flat – the ramp itself folds flat. It’s well protected with Styrofoam and bubble wrap to keep it secure and is really easy to open up for the first time. There’s nothing fancy here; the box is just large enough to hold the ramp, so there’s no unnecessary packaging.
Scratchy Ramp 2.0 Product Review
The box contains the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 itself and a free feather toy that comes with it. There’s also a single sheet of instructions, but you’ll barely need that. It’s a really simple product, so that’s it.
What’s great about the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 is that it’s already fully assembled. Even the feather toy that’s optional comes pre-attached to the end of the ramp. There’s zero need for tools or any complicated manuals – it just pops up, and you slot the wooden bar into the right hole for the angle that you want the ramp at.
Size of the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
The Scratchy Ramp 2.0 is 32.5” long and 14” wide. It has two recesses in the wood which you slot the wooden bar for the ramp into, which lets you adjust the height between 12” and 16”. When not being used the ramp folds completely flat to a height of just 3.5”, making it easy to store away.
Best Benefit of the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
There are some great benefits to Scratchy Ramp 2.0, but I think the best benefit is just the main design of the product. The fact that it’s a 2-in-1 ramp and scratcher means your cats can get a lot of use out of it.
They’re able to enjoy both horizontal and vertical scratching, and because it’s a ramp it’s ideal for cats who have mobility issues but still want a little help getting to higher surfaces.
Pros of the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
- No assembly required – ready to use immediately
- Replaceable carpet – no need to buy an entire new ramp each time
- Adjustable heights make it great for helping elderly cats
- Inclined Scratching
- Horizontal Scratching
Cons of the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
- One size only, while the original came in two versions
- Red mouse toy that comes with it – I find it dangerous and do not like that it’s included (however, it’s super simple to remove).
Unique Features Compared to Other Scratchers
A lot of scratcher toys are designed to be single-use. There are others that have replaceable surfaces, but many of those are corrugated cardboard. The Scratchy Ramp 2.0 is one of the few carpet scratchers that has a replaceable surface, which is great for extending the life of the product. Once your cat has scratched most of the rough carpet away, you can swap it out, and it’s like new.
Scratchy Ramp 2.0 vs. Original Scratchy Ramp
The Scratchy Ramp 2.0, as the name suggests, is the second version of the product. The reason it was revamped was to add that replaceable surface – the original couldn’t be swapped out.
However, the original Scratchy Ramp did come in two different sizes, with one that was longer. The 2.0 model is pretty much the same size as the smaller of the original versions.
Durability of the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
While I did love the Scratchy Ramp, my cats did manage to tear up the carpeted surface in just a few months. It was actually when I called Alpha Paw to ask about the surface and what they could do that they mentioned they were developing the 2.0 model.
I’m not saying that the carpeted surfaces will only last a few months for everyone – it will depend on your cats and how much they use it. But if you have cats that fall for it immediately like mine did, and that keep using it, don’t expect the carpet to last you more than six months. But if they scratch the top of it only, you can always remove the replacement pad and flip it so that the bottom is at the top to get more use out of it.
As for the actual wooden frame, it’s made using lightweight materials so it’s easy to move around, but it’s really solid and well-constructed.
Troubleshooting for the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
Because the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 is such a simple product that’s fully assembled, the only troubleshooting is when changing the carpet. All you need to do is remove the ends of the ramp and then the carpet can slide out, with the new carpet just needing to be slid into place once done.
This is also how you can remove the feather toy, if you don’t want to leave it for your cat to play with.
Video of the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
Ease of Cleaning
There’s not a lot of cleaning needed for the Scratchy Ramp 2.0. As the scratching surface is made from a tightly-woven carpet, when scratched it doesn’t crumble and so won’t leave a huge mess that needs vacuuming. It’s a really easy product to maintain.
Provided you use the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 as intended, it’s very safe. The wooden frame is a really solid structure, and even though it only weighs 8 lbs, it’s designed to hold weights up to 70 lbs, more than enough for any cat. It also has feet on the bottom of the frame to stop it from slipping around when your cat uses it.
Jenny’s Personal TakeAway
I love that it’s a 2-in-1. I love that it’s an incline scratcher, but can also be a horizontal scratcher. My cats have horizontal and vertical scratching options, but not incline ones – and when given the choice – they will scratch on the ramp, then go up it to the cat tree or couch – wherever I have placed it. So they do want to use the ramp, even though they could easily jump.
And as a bonus, if you have a dog that has trouble getting up onto a bed or something, it can help them too. The new one-size can be a little short for beds – but would provide a higher level to jump from.
Price for the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
I don’t like to add the exact price in my reviews since I know it can change, but as a guide you can expect a maximum retail price of around $270 for the Scratchy Ramp 2.0. It is often heavily discounted by more than 50%.
Where to Buy the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
The best place to buy Scratchy Ramp 2.0 is from Alpha Paw, the manufacturer. They offer a 30-day risk-free guarantee so that if your cat doesn’t like it, just ship it back to the company for a full refund, minus a restocking fee.
Discount on the Scratchy Ramp 2.0
Use the Scratchy Ramp discount code FLOPPYCATS20 on the Alpha Paw website to save 20% – that code also works as an Alpha Paw promo code or coupon code, and so works on the Paw Ramp too.
How to Replace the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 Replacement Carpet Video
This is how to replace the ramp:
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What is the frame made out of?
The frame is made from pine and marine wood. This gives it reliable strength without weighing huge amounts.
Are there any wall mounts included?
There are no wall mounts included, but the rubber feet should prevent the ramp from moving once you have positioned it.
How often does the carpet need replacing?
There are no guidelines on how long the carpets will last. It depends on how much your cat(s) use it. With heavy use, expect it to last no more than six months before it probably needs replacing.
I think the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 is a great product, and my cats love it too. I think it’s really simple but manufactured to a really high standard, and it has a lot of different uses for cats, both as a scratcher and as a ramp.
They usually have a bundle deal where you can buy a ramp with an additional replacement carpet. If I were to buy one, I would buy one with the ramp and extra replacement carpet. If your cats love the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 as much as mine, you’ll need the replacements within a few months.
We received the Scratchy Ramp 2.0 for review from the manufacturer. Receiving the free ramps did not influence this honest 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,