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8 Best Scratching Posts for Large Cats in 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks

Ed Malaker

cats in Kitty City Premium Scratching Post

If you have a large cat that is tearing up your furniture or curtains, one of the best way you can get them to stop is by purchasing them a scratching post. Scratching posts will allow your cat to get the exercise they need and can also sharpen their claws without damaging your furniture. However, with so many brands and styles available, it can be challenging to find the best one for your cat. We’ve chosen ten different brands to review for you so you can learn more about the differences between them. We’ll also tell you about the pros and cons we experienced while using them and let you know how it held up to our cat’s scratching. We’ve also included a short buyer’s guide where we look at the different types of scratching posts and what cats will prefer each type.

Join us while we discuss size, construction materials, extra features, and more to help you make an informed purchase.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Hepper Hi-lo Cat Scratcher Hepper Hi-lo Cat Scratcher
  • Five positions
  • Anti-slip grip
  • Modern design
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Kitty City Premium Scratching Post Kitty City Premium Scratching Post
  • Neutral color
  • Stable base
  • Includes hanging toy
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    PetFusion Wall Mounted Scratching Post PetFusion Wall Mounted Scratching Post
  • Top platform
  • Wall bracket
  • Easy to assemble
  • Dimaka Ultimate Cat Scratching Post Dimaka Ultimate Cat Scratching Post
  • 34-inches tall
  • Eco-friendly
  • Plush ball toy
  • Frisco Sisal Cat Scratching Post Frisco Sisal Cat Scratching Post
  • Wood frame
  • 5 inches tall
  • 360-degree covering
  • The 8 Best Scratching Post for Large Cats – Reviews 2021

    1. Hepper Hi-lo Cat Scratcher – Best Overall

    Hepper Hi-lo Cat Scratcher

    The Hepper Hi-lo Cat Scratcher is a different shape than most others on this list, and our pick for the best overall scratching post for large cats. It provides your cat with a unique, multi-angle scratching surface, and you can adjust it to any of five different positions. The non-slip grip keeps in place while your cats are using it. The 3-inch-thick cardboard scratching surface is durable and satisfying to scratch.

    Our cats enjoyed using the Hepper, and we appreciated the modern design, but our larger cats could knock it over, which would send them scurrying. We tried different positions and settings but weren’t able to completely solve the problem.

    At PetKeen.com we’ve admired Hepper for many years, and decided to take a controlling ownership interest, so that we could benefit from the outstanding designs of this cool cat company!

    Pros
    • Five positions
    • Anti-slip grip
    • Modern design
    Cons
    • Cats can knock it over

    2. Kitty City Premium Scratching Post – Best Value

    Kitty City Premium Scratching Post

    The Kitty City Premium Scratching Post is our pick as the best scratching post for large cats for the money. It features a neutral color, so it will look good in any environment. It has a large 17-inch base that will hold the post in place while your cat uses it, and it stands 32-inches tall, so it will work for large cats as well as small ones. A small hanging toy contains a bell and will help attract your cat to the post so it can get used to using it. It’s easy to assemble, and we had it up in only a few minutes.

    The problem we had with the Kitty City post is that if your cats use it a lot, it won’t last very long. Our cats were able to scratch through the covering in just a few months. It also has a slight odor that takes a while to go away.

    Pros
    • Neutral color
    • Stable base
    • Includes hanging toy
    • Easy assembly
    • 32-inches tall
    Cons
    • Wears out quickly
    • Smells bad

    3. PetFusion Wall Mounted Scratching Post – Premium Choice

    PetFusion 76.8-in Wall Mounted Cat Tree

    The PetFusion Wall Mounted Scratching Post is our premium choice scratching post for large cats, and it will provide your pet with a huge area to scratch as well as a place to lounge around. It stands 76-inches tall and includes wall brackets so you can securely mount it in the corner of the room. The platforms are 24-inches square, so your cat should have plenty of room to lounge around on the bottom, middle, or top platform. It has a sisal rope wrapping to provide your cat with a durable scratching surface and is rated to hold up to 65 pounds.

    The only thing we didn’t like about the PetFusion was that it’s extremely heavy, and you will need to fasten it to the wall, so it may not be suitable for people that rent their homes.

    Pros
    • Top platform
    • Wall bracket
    • Easy to assemble
    • 76-inches tall
    Cons
    • Heavy

    4. Dimaka Ultimate Cat Scratching Post

    Dimaka Ultimate Cat Scratching Post

     

    The Dimaka Ultimate Cat Scratching Post is another post that has a wide base to keep it upright while the cat uses it. The center pole is three inches thick and stands 34-inches tall. It’s eco-friendly and uses a surprisingly sturdy cardboard tube. Assembly was easy, and it only took a few minutes to get it ready for our cats to play with it once we opened the box. It has a soft, plush ball at the top that will encourage playing and climbing. It’s also available in several colors to suit any decor.

    Our cats liked to use the Dimaka Ultimate, and it’s not as heavy as some of the others we looked at so far. However, the rope did start to pull away after a few weeks, and it frequently needed repair.

    Pros
    • 34-inches tall
    • Eco-friendly
    • Plush ball toy
    • Assorted colors
    • Easy to assemble
    Cons
    • Comes apart

    5. Frisco Sisal Cat Scratching Post

    Frisco 33.5-in Sisal Cat Scratching Post

    The Frisco Sisal Cat Scratching Post has a wooden frame that stands nearly 3-foot tall, and the double-layer base helps keep it stable while your cat uses it. It has a warm, soft, plush material that is as durable as it is attractive and should last a long time, even against fierce scratchers, and it has 360-degrees of the coating so your cat scratch from any angle.

    The only thing that some people might not like when they are using the Frisco Sisal is that it can be heavy to transport between rooms, and the bottom does not have feet, but the hardware is recessed, so it shouldn’t scratch the floor.

    Pros
    • Wood frame
    • 5 inches tall
    • 360-degree covering
    • Double layer baseboard
    Cons
    • Heavy

    6. SmartCat Pioneer Pet Ultimate Scratching Post

    SmartCat Pioneer Pet Ultimate Scratching Post

    The SmartCat Pioneer Pet Ultimate Scratching Post is an attractive furniture-grade scratching post that will look attractive in any home. The square post stands 32 inches tall and has durable sisal covering that won’t snag your cat’s claws. The wooden base is 16 x 16 inches and won’t tip over even when the larger cats use it. It’s also easy to assemble and only requires two screws.

    While the SmartCat Pioneer is one of the more attractive scratching posts on this list, it doesn’t sit stable on hard floors because of the hardware, and it can cause scratches, so it’s only suitable for a carpeted floor.

    Pros
    • 32-inches tall
    • 16 x 16-inch base
    • Sisal coating
    • Furniture grade
    Cons
    • Wobbles and could scratch hardwood floors

    7. Dimaka Cat Scratching Post

    Dimaka Cat Scratching Post

    The Dimaka Cat Scratching Post is a larger post that is well suited to larger cats. It stands 29 inches tall and a wide base that’s just under 16 inches square. It’s lightweight at just over four pounds, so it’s easy to move from room to room. The sisal wrapping is durable, but you can order replacement posts if one should wear out. The carpeted base looks attractive and prevents scratching if you need to use it on a hardwood floor.

    Our cays liked the Dimaka Cat Scratching Post, and it remained stable when our bigger cats were using it, especially if we place it in the corner of the room. However, it was one of the most difficult to assemble of all the models on this list. The base is in two pieces, so you will require an extra pair of hands to keep it in place while tightening the screws. We also pinched our skin while building it, so you will need to be more careful.

    Pros
    • 29-inches high
    • Lightweight
    • Sisal wrapping
    • Carpeted base
    Cons
    • Challenging assembly

    8. PutnPurr Tall Alpaca Cat Scratching Post

    PutnPurr Tall Alpaca Cat Scratching Post

    The PutnPurr Tall Alpaca Cat Scratching Post is a fun-looking scratching post that is well suited to a playroom or child’s bedroom. It stands 32 inches tall and features an extra-wide 18-inch base that won’t tip over even when heavy cats are using it.  The post has a sisal wrapping and a carpeted base, and it includes a hanging ball that will attract your cats to play.

    While all of our children loved the design of the PutnPurr, it is quite heavy and weighs more than 15 pounds. Ours only lasted a few months before the cat’s scratching caused the appearance to deteriorate. The base especially started to lose its coating, but the sisal also worked loose and was difficult to reattach.

    Pros
    • 32-inches tall
    • 18-inch base
    • Playful design
    • Dangling ball
    Cons
    • Heavy
    • Falls apart easily

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    Buyer’s Guide

    Here are some things to consider before purchasing your next scratching post for a large cat.

    Type

    There are three main types of scratching posts available, carpet, sisal, and cardboard.

    cat scratching on Frisco 33.5-in Sisal Cat Scratching Post

    Sisal

    Sisal is a type of plant fiber made into a rope, very similar to twine. Manufacturers usually wrap it around a post or hollow tube, though you can also find it woven into a cloth. We prefer the wrapped sisal because it’s extremely durable, and if it comes off, you can often purchase replacement sisal and rewrap it to replace the used material.

    Pros
    • Easy to replace
    • Durable
    • Eco-friendly
    • Won’t snag the cat’s nails
    Cons
    • Can come apart

    Cardboard

    Many modern scratching posts have a cardboard base that the cats can use to scratch. These scratching pads are suitable for all cats and often used recycled materials to better the environment. It’s the least expensive of the three types but also the least durable. One major downside to some of these pads is that aggressive scratchers can make a mess as they shred the cardboard.

    Pros
    • Inexpensive
    • Eco-friendly
    • Won’t snag cats nails
    • Durable
    Cons
    • Can be messy
    • No repair

    Carpet

    Carpet scratching posts often closely resemble sisal posts, though they can be any shape, and some can be quite attractive. Like sisal posts, carpet can be quite durable and will usually last the lifetime of a single cat though there are also a few problems associated with it. You can’t replace a carpet that gets worn out unless you are skilled in upholstering. Some carpet fibers can also snag the cat’s nails, which mich injure the cat and might make them resistant to use it. Carpet can also use staples and glues that could be harmful to a cat.

    Pros
    • Durable
    • Attractive
    Cons
    • Can snag on cats’ nails
    • No repair

    Size

    If you are going to use a carpet or sisal scratching post, the next thing you should consider is the size, and there are two things to consider when choosing a size, height and base width.

    Height

    Taller scratching posts will allow your larger cats to stretch, which is important for getting the muscles in the shoulders and back as well as sharpening the nails. Taller scratching posts also have more surface area, which means there is a better chance it will last longer. We recommend getting the tallest post you can find for a large cat. We tried to list the height on the posts in our review.

    Base

    The base is the square at the bottom, and it’s responsible for keeping the post in place while your can is using it. If the base is too thin, lightweight, or small, your cat will easily knock it over, which can scare the cat, and your cat will be less likely to use it. We recommend always choosing the wider base when possible, to make sure it’s stable.

    One thing to worry about when choosing a scratching post with a base is that the hardware the holds the post in place is recessed. If the screws are sticking out on the bottom, it can cause the post to wobble when your cat uses it, and it won’t be able to dig in like it wants to. Screws that tick out can also cause scratches on a hardwood floor. However, if you have a carpeted floor, you may not experience the wobbling and won’t get any scratches.

    Weight

    One more thing you will want to consider when choosing your next scratching pad is the weight. Heavier posts will be less likely to tip over, but they will also be more difficult to move around your home. You will need to find a good balance while you are shopping. We recommend the heaviest one that you can still transport around your home.

    Tips:
    • If you own the property and want a post that won’t fall over, get one that screws into the wall for added stability.
    • If you are having trouble getting your cat to try out the post, try rubbing some catnip on it.
    • Multiple scratching posts are better than one. Once the cat gets the idea, it will likely use them all over the house.
    • You can try using pheromones to prevent your cat from scratching your furniture and curtains. Spraying these areas with pheromones and rubbing catnip on the post is a great way to get your point across to the cat.
    • It might be unsightly, but temporarily affixing aluminum foil to the furniture and curtains that your cats are scratching will convince them to go elsewhere.
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    Image Credit: husnerova, Pixabay

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    Conclusion

    When choosing your next scratching post, we highly recommend our pick for the best overall. The Frisco Sisal Cat Scratching Post features a durable all-wood frame and a post that stands more than 33-inches tall, which should be suitable for most cats. The wide 16-inch base will prevent the base from tipping over even during aggressive scratching. It’s attractive and features a sisal covering that should last several months. Another smart choice is our pick for the best value. The Kitty City Premium Scratching Post is inexpensive yet still provides your cat with a 32-inch-tall post with a wide base and a hanging cat toy that your pet is sure to enjoy. The wooden base is attractive and will look good in any room, while the sisal covering is durable enough to last for several months.

    We hope you have enjoyed reading over these reviews, and you found a few models you would like to try out in your home. If we have helped reduce the damage done to your furniture and curtains, please share this guide to the best scratching post for cats on Facebook and Twitter.

    Related Read: 10 Best Cat Carriers for Large Cats in 2021: Reviews & Top Picks

    Ed Malaker

    Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who has contributed to a wide range of blogs that cover tools, pets, guitars, fitness, and computer programming. When he’s not writing, Ed is usually performing DIY projects around the house or working in the garden. He’s also a musician and spends a lot of time helping people fix their guitars and composing music for independent films.