Should I buy a cat scratching post? That is a question every new cat owner asks themselves at some point in their new ownership journey. It could be when they come home from work to find their new best friend has the destroyed the bed post, or their favorite drapes are torn to ribbons.
New owners, or those who have not be around cats before, are particular caught unaware by this type of behavior. These are the people who usually do not understand that scratching is an instinctual, inborn activity for those included the feline kingdom. It is part of their very nature, which usually cannot be changed no matter what one does. So, what to do?
First of all, it is important to understand your cat. One reason they scratch is to mark their territory. They scratch for grooming purposes. They scratch to relieve stress and anxiety. It is part of who and what they are. They question is, what can the owner do to make their shared cohabitation more enjoyable for both of them.
There are techniques suggested by experienced cat owners and experts, such as wrapping table legs in aluminum foil, using physical barriers, and the application of sprays and deterrents; but, one thing most experts agree upon is setting up a scratching post in your home for your cat to use.
Running a simple search, one can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of scratching posts available for purchase. Some are very simple, while others resemble high rise apartment complexes. Some are brightly colored, while others are designed to blend into the theme of your home. Some are fairly priced while others are very expensive and use high end materials for construction.
Depending on your budget, you may be able to purchase one of these. If, on the other hand, if you are handy with a hammer, you can make your own. It should be made of wood, with sturdy construction, and covered in carpet.
Designing a scratching post from ‘scratch’ has many caveats. You can use materials, like that left over carpet from your hallway, that you have on hand. Have an odd corner in your house? Measure that space and use it for your cat’s new home. Also, you can make it as fancy or as plain as you would like. There are benefits if you have that DIY mentality and capability.
So, the question still remains, do I need to buy a cat scratch post? The answer is actually two fold, depending on your skills. If you can saw wood, weld a hammer and tack down some carpet, then the answer is no. You, or maybe someone you know, can build one instead.
If the answer is, “I don’t know one end of a nail from the other.” Then yes, you may have to buy one. The important thing to remember is that your new feline friend needs to find a place of their own.