Scratching Board or Scratching Post, Which is the Cat's Favorite?

Scratching is a natural expression of cats. Through scratching, cats can sharpen their claws, mark with scents and claws, and stretch their bodies.


However, when a wild cat becomes a domestic cat, the cat's instinctive scratching behavior becomes a problem that bothers the cat owner.


There are a dazzling array of cat scratchers on the Internet, in various shapes and materials, which one is useful and which one is useless?




For this reason, Texas Tech University in the United States has conducted an experiment, which may give you some reference.


Experiment description


A total of 36 adult neutered cats aged between 1 and 14 years old were recruited in the experiment.


By observing the time of each scratching, the duration of each contact, the frequency of daily scratching, and the frequency of daily contact, we can compare the cat's preference index (PI) for these cat scratchers.


In addition to scratching, contact refers to active behaviors on the cat scratcher, including climbing on the cat scratcher, rolling and rubbing around the cat scratcher, tapping and kicking the cat scratcher, etc. For example, sleeping on a cat scratcher is counted as "contact."


Experiment 1: Horizontal cat scratcher or vertical cat scratching post?


18 cats (6 males and 12 females) participated in Experiment 1.


The researchers placed an S-shaped cat scratcher and a cat scratching post side by side in the activity area where cats often stay at home, and observed and recorded the cat's use of the cat scratcher within 7 days. Both are made of corrugated paper.




Whether scratching time or contact time, whether scratching frequency rate or contact frequency, whether each scratching time or each contact time, the use time and frequency of the cat scratching post are higher than that of the S-shaped cat scratcher.


Is there any difference between a male cat and a female cat?


Both male and female cats are more interested in cat scratching posts! Among them, male cats show a clear preference for cat scratching posts, which may because male cats can transmit some individual information through the cat scratching posts, such as their majestic physique.


Experiment 2: Which material does cats prefer?


25 cats (10 males and 15 females) participated in Experiment 2 (7 days).


The researchers placed four cat scratching posts side by side in the activity area commonly used by cats. The order of the cat scratching posts is random.


The surface covering materials of the four cat scratching posts are corrugated paper, sofa fabric, carpet fabric, and hemp rope.


The density of the corrugated cat scratching post is 1cm high and contains 4 layers of corrugated paper; the carpet fiber is 10mm long; the sofa fabric is 2mm thick, and a 10mm thick sponge layer is placed between the fabric and the wooden post to imitate the texture of the sofa.; the hemp rope used in the cat scratching post is 10mm thick.




Cats have different preferences for different materials of cat scratching posts! Whether in terms of the length of claw grinding or the frequency of claw grinding, cats prefer corrugated paper cat scratching posts and hemp rope cat scratching posts!


Probably because corrugated paper has a texture and its smell is similar to wood, since wood is the most commonly used claw grinding tool for cats in the natural environment.


In terms of contact time, cats prefer the cat scratching post made of sofa (such as rolling and rubbing on the side).


It seems that the kitten may just prefer to play on the sofa, not scratching the sofa intentionally.


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