In the wild, cats scratch on tree trunks and release a scent to mark their territory. Another reason for this is to stretch their bodies and flex their claws. This instinctive behavior is also carried out in our homes. Getting a cat scratching tree prevents your cat from exercising his or her claws on your furniture.
The textured surface of the sisal wrapped post is ideal for a good scratch while the platforms are great perches to watch the activities of the house from. Cats love cubbyholes to hide in and you may even catch them curled up taking a nap in them. If you have more than one cat at home, these are a great way to get them to entertain themselves. You can watch them for hours just chasing one another around.
If you have just one cat and not enough room for an entire tree, you should consider a single cat scratching post or a cat scratchpad. However, simply bringing a post or a scratch pad home will not entice them to make the switch, you have to persuade them to choose the scratching post over your furniture. This can be done by sprinkling catnip on it or tempting them with toys or treats.
Scratching Posts are great for kittens and adult cats alike. Kittens form an attachment early on and it helps them adjust better to your home. Having toys dangling from the scratching tree tempts them to play with it. Scratching posts and trees aid in expending all the energy they have.
For Adult cats, it’s a great way to relieve stress and exercise themselves. If you have more than one cat at home, the scratching tree acts as a meeting point where all of them come together on ‘common ground’.