Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Scratcher Fit for Royalty


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Cats need to scratch! People who choose to live with cats must accept this simple fact and provide appropriate articles for scratching to avoid inappropriate scratching. 




Scratching is a normal behavior for cats and serves many purposes, such a territory marking, filing their claws, and stretching their bodies. Cats need their claws for defense and providing appropriate pieces for scratching helps them survive in a happier and healthier environment (for both the humans and cats). You cannot keep a cat from scratching! Your cat is not doing it to spite you; it's part of her nature. 12% of cats that are returned to shelters are returned because of inappropriate scratching (Patronek, Glickman, Beck, McCabe, & Ecker, 1996; Salman et al., 1998, 2000). Cat owners should provide plenty of scratching areas for cats in their home and make sure the scratching areas are large enough (Finlay, 2019). Providing appropriate scratching areas ensures a large probability that your cat will not damage prized possessions, such as your sofa or curtains. You will need to experiment with various textures (carpet, sisal, or cardboard) to see which your cat prefers.


Truffle stretching and scratching on the MaxScratch from Hauspanther


Hauspanther MaxScratch

I've tried multiple scratching posts and was excited to try out the MaxScratch Oversized Cat Scratcher & Perch from Hauspanther®. This scratcher is the latest addition to the Hauspanther Collection by Primetime Petz®. The scratcher has a 9-inch diameter with extra thick natural jute rope. There is a built-in perch on the top where your cat may choose to sit and survey her world. The scratcher is 29" tall. There are non-slip pads on the bottom to keep the scratcher from sliding and to protect floors. The scratcher is very sturdy with a 19-inch square base. The MaxScratch is available in espresso or white finish. A unique feature of the scratcher is that the post can be flipped if your cat tends to scratch on a specific area and it becomes worn. The MaxScratch retails for $129.99. You can purchase the Max Scratch from Hauspanther or other online pet stores.

Truffle and Brulee claim their MaxScratch scratching post

Our Review

Truffle and Brulee prefer vertical scratching posts made out of rope. I've found they prefer a tall and sturdy scratcher to allow them to stretch to their full body length. This was the first time I've tried a scratcher with jute rope and the girls were immediately attracted to it. There were only 4 major pieces in the box and the screws, washers, and Allen wrench were included. 

It didn't take long to put the MaxScratch together. As soon as I pulled the tower out of the box, both Truffle and Brulee immediately began scratching on the jute rope. They appear to love the type of rope and the length of the pole. Ever since I've set it up in the living room, this is their preferred scratcher of choice. They haven't climbed to the top of the perch yet, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. The design of the scratcher (either white or espresso) blends in with the decor in my home.

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Giveaway

We're excited to announce that one of our readers has the opportunity to win a MaxScratch (choice of color).  No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States 18+ years, except where prohibited by law. The giveaway will run from December 4 - 13, 2019, ending at 11:59 pm ET. The winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim her prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book! 

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References

Finlay, Katie (October 30, 2019). Why an Adopted Cat May Be Returned to the Shelter. Hills Pet. https://www.hillspet.com/cat-care/new-pet-parent/reasons-adopted-cats-are-returned-to-shelters. 

Patronek, G. J. (2001). Assessment of claims of short- and long-term complications associated with onychectomy in cats. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 219(7), 932–7. 

Salman, M. D., Hutchison, J., Ruch-Gallie, R., Kogan, L., New, J., John C., Kass, P. H., & Scarlett, J. M. (2000). Behavioral Reasons for Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats to 12 Shelters. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 3(2), 93–106. 

Salman, M. D., New jr., J. G., Scarlett, J. M., Kass, P. H., Ruch-Gallie, R., & Hetts, S. (1998). Human and Animal Factors Related to Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats in 12 Selected Animal Shelters in the United States. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 1(3), 207. 

32 comments:

  1. Currently, my kitten has a small vertical scratching post similar to this one ... I think this one will "grow with her" so to speak.
    -Tarah

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  2. That looks like a great scratching post!

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  3. That looks like fun but sadly we eat the little pieces of the rope that stick out after we scratch those up good.

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  4. I actually don't have a scratching post..just scratching boxes and a scratch lounge.

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  5. That is one super duper scratcher for sure.

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  6. I've tried various scratchers for my cats. When my daughter's cat was still living with us, he loved the cardboard ones, but my two cats typically ignore them. Moko is old and has health issues, and rarely uses anything for scratching (I keep her nails trimmed). Kotoha uses the posts of Moko's cat tree (I have a new tree for Kotoha that I'll put up when we finish redoing the TV room). Kotoha also likes to scratch on the corner of the couch in the TV room when I'm sitting on it (her way of getting me to pick her up for some loving). I have a new couch going in to the TV room when it's done, too, and I was thinking something like this right at the corner of the couch could really help. I seriously need this!

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  7. My cats love scratching posts and cat trees

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  8. Our Angel is a horizontal scratcher most of the time, but every once in awhile we hear her going at it on the old stand-up speaker that we've placed in the hallway just for her! A speaker left over from The Hubby's hippie days...

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  9. That looks like an awesome scratcher!

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  10. That's a super looking scratcher.

    The Florida Furkids

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  11. What a great scratcher! My kitty doesn’t have one right now, just a pad so this would be amazing.

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  12. None currently (last one fell apart from so much use)...could sure use a scratching post for my 2 cats.

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  13. I LOVE this scratcher! I use vertical scratchers like this one. I have an old one from Hauspanther but I also like to use the posts on my Tower of Power. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  14. They use their cat towers.

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  15. My 3 cats have one very old and worn out scratching post that I've been needing to upgrade. They use to have a cat tree but I couldn't bring it when we moved.

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  16. Our cat is using a card board scratcher right now.

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  17. This is the purrfect scratcher for us! We both love vertical scratching.

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  18. At Casa Wonderpurr, our pawrents are tired of sweeping cardboard bits from the scratch pads we typically use. Okay so they're cheap, bought at a Ross 4 Less store. The MaxScratch looks like it would help us keep our nails trim, and make the house less trashy. Thanks for the great review!

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  19. This looks like a great scratcher. I like the fact that it doesn't slide or tip over. Thanks for the chance.

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  20. I wish in the days that I had cats they would have had scratchers for cats like today, as mine shredded my couch in a couple of weeks MOL

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  21. That looks like a good cat scratcher! I'll leave the giveaway to those who actually have cats, lol. I guess cat scratchers are one pet product I wouldn't have much use for, although I've always, strangely, thought they looked fun to buy haha.

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  22. Can you tell if the center core is wood or cardboard? My furballs went thru a cardboard post from a decent brand in 6 months.

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  23. We have a couple like this but LOVE the size of this. We use the flat cardboard scratchers too

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  24. That looks really good too. And if it is effective also, sounds awesome. My mom now has two kittens and their nails and how they still don't know when to keep them tucked in are quite a challenge.

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  25. We have both scratching posts and horizontal scratchers, but none of them are as amazing as this one!

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  26. People who declaw their cats or whine the cat damages furniture NEED THIS scratcher. It looks robust and so much fun too. A good scratcher is worth its weight in pure gold!

    Good luck to whoever wins, it's a great prize.

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  27. My cat didn't ever seem to like to use a scratcher, but he had a few neurological issues. My sister's cat has a small rope one and I think he would like this one too!

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  28. It's a vertical post.

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  29. They have a scratch lounge and an older basic vertical post.

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  30. Wow! That is a wonderful cat scratch pole! Nice giveaway, too. Some lucky kitty will be getting one under their tree this Christmas!

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