Petstages Channel Scratcher Catnip Scratching Post Station for Cats
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- Catnip Blasted improves attractability and playability
- Modern designs for playing, scratching and grooming
- Unique features not available anywhere else
- Keeps nails filed and healthy
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Designer Box Scratchers by Petstages are Catnip Blasted and made in geometric printed patterns elevating playtime with the perfect combo of catnip and scratching fun. The Large Channel Scratcher comes with the Catnip Blasted surface kitty craves, and features 5 sandpaper scratching channels and 6 corrugate scratching channels that encourage healthy scratching and keep kitty's claws clean and strong.
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This is a cardboard-based scratching pad, with strips of emery board between the cardboard. This is not a bad approach and it seems like a good solution for cats to sharpen their claws.
I found two big issues. First, it is extremely light, and unless the cat actually sits on it while sharping claws, the pad slides and doesn’t provide enough resistance to accomplish the goal. However, the cardboard is glued down insecurely so when the cat does sit on it to sharpen claws, the cardboard breaks loose and the whole thing is compromised.
It took my cats a week to pull the cardboard off this scratch pad, and they only occasionally used it, preferring their older scratching post. That’s unacceptable. More care should have been put into construction, even if it meant costing slightly more. I cannot recommend this solution, based on how briefly it lasted. Spend more and get a better-made scratching station.
This scratcher is made of blocks of cardboard wedged into a printed, cardboard box and divided by strips of sandpaper. The size is good - big enough for cats to lay on (and we all know cats love to lay on stuff.) My cats were immediately interested in the scratcher, probably because of the catnip, which my cats adore.
The problem is that the strips of sandpaper between the cardboard blocks came off immediately in little sections and my 22 pound cat was able to pull out some of the clocks of cardboard within a couple of days. All of this is messy, although any cardboard-style scratcher is messy, really.
Because I have so many cats, it was in use almost constantly so this could have contributed to it getting torn up so quickly. Perhaps a one or two cat household would have better luck with it?
I like the way Petstages imbues the cardboard with catnip and I like the cardboard tray base. It's just the blocks and the sandpaper strips that I'm not as happy with since my cats seemed to destroy it quickly.
The scratcher is comprised of a cardboard unit that has long channels of cut cardboard on end, as is common with every cat scratcher, with alternating 1/2 long strips of sandpaper material that sits sightly lower.
My cats sat on it for a few minutes then I noticed they completely stopped. Upon further inspection, it was obvious that several pieces of the ridged cardboard had broken away in little squares. The surface cardboard is only a thin layer of cardboard about 1/4" thick that is glued on top of other cardboard - like a veneer surface of cardboard if you will, rather than it being one thick piece of cardboard.
The saving grace is that if you flip the cardboard it is uniformly cut cardboard on the other side, so at least its not completely wasted.
I think it was a great idea but it was poorly executed because the ease at which the glued on surface pieces break off.
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