PRODUCT CATEGORY: Solo Play Cat Toy
PURPOSE: Satisfies A Cat's Need To Scratch and Exercise
Before Britches could begin her transition from outside stray kitty to indoor family cat, I knew a few things had to be in place.
One of those things was an appropriate cat scratching surface...either a cat scratching post or cat scratching pad. I felt it better to provide her with a place to scratch, rather than to leave it for her to decide.
Therefore, my first task at hand was deciding on the type of cat scratcher I would buy. There are many types and styles to choose from:
As well as deciding on the actual scratching "material":
Prior to making my decision, I had to take a few things into consideration:
Since you've already seen a picture of the product up above...
It probably isn't a big surprise that I selected the incline scratcher with cardboard scratching pad!
My decision to purchase an scratcher on an incline was confirmed when I read the back of the SmartyKat Scratch Summit box. I liked what it said:
In addition to liking the design of the incline cat scratcher, from past experience I know that I trust Smarty Kat products.
This company's products are designed to fulfill a specific "need" of the cat...and as the box says:
"A happy, healthy cat is one whose physical, emotional and instinctual needs are fully satisfied. The Smarty Kat Complete Needs system helps you understand more about your cat's needs and provides products to meet those needs."
The cat scratcher was simple to assemble and the box provided clear instructions. The base is made of glossy, heavy cardboard and the scratching pad is a sturdy, double-sided rectangle that slips easily into the base...unfortunately, it can also easily slip upwards and out of the base when the cat really "diggs in" with sharp claws for an aggressive scratch.
A few pieces of wide transparent tape along the edges easily resolved any problems.
As a double bonus, when the cardboard cat scratching pad becomes worn, just flip it over to expose a brand new surface...and if that wasn't enough, included with the SmartyKat Scratch Summit is a snap on feather toy that can be dangled from a port-hole in the base.
Not only does this port-hole provide an additional element of fun for kitty playtime, but it allowed me to place a clean brick inside the scratcher for added "weight". It would be unlikely that the scratcher would slide or tip over during use, but the additional weight helps me have confidence that the unit will "stay put" so Britches has a solid scratcher to scratch!
When preparing to present the scratcher to Britches for the first time, I sprinkled the incline surface and her "mousey toy" with some of the dried catnip flakes which were included with the product.
As Britches approached the cat scratching pad, I scratched my own nails on the surface of the pad to make noise and draw her attention...as soon as she sniffed the incline scratcher I offered praise.
Once Britches stepped on the pad and took the first "scratch"...I knew we had a hit!
The SmartyKat Scratch Summit Incline Scratcher
Should Appeal To:
Cats of most any age, temperament and scratching-material preference.