How to choose the best cat scratchers in Australia


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Cats have a natural instinct to scratch vigorously - it helps them to remove old materials from their claws, keeps them sharp and marks their territory. This is something every cat does naturally as it is part of their behavior. Therefore, if you do not want scratch marks on your furniture, get them a cat scratching lounge so that they can satiate their scratching urges on their own place and not anywhere that they feel like it,  ie on your furniture. When buying a cat scratcher for your cat, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. Try to find the right sized scratcher for your cat. There are a lot of scratching beds of different sizes, from 30 cm to as big as 90 cm. Therefore, you need to buy a large scratcher that will accommodate your pet with the ultimate comfort. It is a good idea to buy 2 scratchers especially if you have more than one cat. Place the scratchers in different rooms for variety.

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There are a lot of varieties of cat scratchers in Australia.  These range from standard flat boards to big upright poles, ugly cat trees to deluxe couch style scratchers - there are huge varieties of product available in the market for you to choose from. Some are made from carpet, sisal or corrugated paperboard.  Larger Pet stores  (big box stores) or discount pet supplies often sell on price and margin….therefore their products are not necessarily a quality item nor do they look good – they may not last and are often not attractive in your home. Small cat scratchers or vertical ‘pole’ scratchers are only used occasionally plus they often look ugly…especially those made from carpet or sisal.  The best modern cat scratchers are sculptured out of recycled paperboard. Paperboard has added benefits as the material is made from trees so it reminds cats of the outdoors – cats have an acute sense of smell, so they feel comfortable with paperboard scratchers. It is best to buy a large paperboard scratcher which allows your cat to stretch out and lounge around. This has the added benefit of building a bond with your cat as it knows that the scratcher is their ‘special’ place for rest and play.

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Large paperboard scratchers are contoured to make your cat feel comfortable. The corrugations in paperboard help to aerate in summer to assist with cooling and retain  body heat in winter to help keep your cat warm. We as humans think that cats like a ‘soft cushioned bed to sleep on but research has shown that they prefer a firm surface. Paperboard provides such a surface as it is firm whilst being slightly soft. Recycled paperboard will not harm your cat’s claws and they will not get stuck in their fibres. Elegantly designed paperboard scratchers are just that – elegant in your home…they look like sculptures. That is the beauty of working with the ‘Art of paperboard’ Large paperboard scratchers made from recycled material and are reversible for extended use. Pets are like the little children of the family as we as pet parents have a duty to take care of them the best way possible. As cat parents, we only want the best for our babies.   At D&C Lifestyle we import reputable brands of cat scratchers and design our own styles to suit even the fussiest of cats. If you would like to see our exclusive range of modern cat scratchers and cat furniture visit and get the best variety ever. Sign up to our newsletter and receive a 15% discount!

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