CatPadz Review – Top 7 cardboard cat scratcher lounges on the market
Cat Scratchers are a very important part of your cat’s life. It is a normal part of your cat’s natural behaviour. Scratching helps to keep your cat’s nails trimmed, marks their territory by leaving both a visual mark and a scent (they have scent glands on their paws), and helps them to stretch their bodies and flex their feet and claws. If you don’t provide a cat scratcher for the cat or cats in your life, they still need to scratch. That could mean that they scratch at your carpet or at the legs of your furniture.
What is a cat scratcher lounge?
As the name suggests a cat scratcher lounge is a cat scratcher that also serves as a cat lounge. So instead of having two cat furniture pieces in your home, a scratcher and a place for your cat to nap, rest and watch the world go by, you can create double the fun for your feline friends with scratchers that double as lounges. Genius!
In this article we focus on cat scratchers made from cardboard that also double as lounges. Check out our article about the importance of cat scratchers, the surfaces they come in (sisal, sisal rope, cardboard and carpet) and how to choose the best one for your cat. Click here to read that article
The CatPadz Cat Scratcher Lounge Ratings and Comparison Table
We’ve pulled together 7 of the top cat scratcher lounges on the market and compared them head to head, or should we say scratcher lounge to scratcher lounge. It is very hard to pick an overall winner when we know that every cat family has different requirements. So we’ve also given you a CatPadz verdict for each scratcher lounge as we know that no two cat families are the same. What works for one family might not work for another.
So without further ado, here is our comparison table complete with pros and cons, indicative pricing icons, scratcher dimensions and more:
Here is a list of the cat scratcher lounges showcased above
Cat scratcher lounges in the table above:
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CatPadz Buying Advice and Tips for Cat Scratcher Lounges
There are a few things to keep in mind about ALL cat scratchers including those that double as a cat lounge:
There is going to be some mess
Many scratcher lounges are made with cardboard. Whilst this is not always the case (head to our article about cat scratcher materials by clicking here), cardboard is a lightweight and effective cat scratching surface. And when cardboard and cat paws combine…there is going to be some mess.
Liquids and lounges don’t mix well
Sometimes things don’t quite go to plan. We need to talk about “vomit” for a minute – yes we know that’s revolting right? But sometimes cats vomit and usually they don’t mind where. If your cat chooses to vomit on their cat scratcher/lounge there may be tears. And those tears will be yours because you will most likely need to buy another scratcher/lounge. This could of course happen on ANY cat furniture. If you are going to buy something a little more expensive (like the cat lounges showcased here) you may need to be prepared to replace them unexpectedly!
Slip sliding away
Even though many reviewers are very happy with the sturdiness of cat scratcher/loungers, some of them will still slip around a little, especially if you have wooded floor boards or tiles as your floor coverings. You could consider adding a non-slip fabric to the underside of the scratcher/lounge to stop it from slipping on your floor. Silicone floor grippers are usually the way to go.
Scratching can be a noisy business
Some cats are reasonably nocturnal. They sleep all day and they hunt at night. If you have a particularly active nocturnal cat (or cats!) they may throw themselves a bit of a scratching party each night. If you are a light sleeper you may find this a little noisy. Have a think about where you are going to put your cat scratcher/lounge. We would recommend it is placed somewhere away from your bedroom so you are not woken in the night when there is a “scratchfest” going on!
Sizing can sometimes be tricky
Some cats will feel more comfortable if their whole body fits on the scratcher lounge. Others will be happy to have some of their bodies hang over the sides! It is all very well to measure your cat for length and height but a bit harder to measure them at their “laziest”, sprawled on the floor. You will note that the cat scratchers referenced above have slightly varying widths. If you have a particularly large cat (like a Maine Coon for example) you will need to be sure that you have a relaxed “sprawler” who doesn’t mind a bit of their body hanging off the scratcher lounge.
A word about cardboard…and glue
All of the cat scratcher lounges in this article are made with cardboard. Look for scratcher lounges with cardboard that is well “stuck together”. Whilst this might sound like strange advice, a poorly constructed cardboard scratcher will not last long if the layers of cardboard have not been adhered together well. And whilst we are talking about adhering, you will want to make sure that any glue used to form the cardboard scratcher lounge is done so with non toxic glue. Most manufacturers will reference the type of glue they use. You should be looking for the words “non toxic” or “corn starch” or similar glue references.
Cardboard cat scratcher lounges can actually be a good looking piece of functional furniture for your cat. Of course the average price of a cat scatcher lounge does exceed buying a run of the mill scratcher. That is why, if you are going to buy a cat scratcher lounge, you need to take the time to check out the quality of the cat furniture you are purchasing. Afterall, without quality construction, a cat scratcher lounge will not last long or even worse, it will become something neither you nor your cat feel good about. Happy shopping!
Decided that a cat scratcher lounge is not for you or the cat or cats in your life? Click here to check out a range of other cat scratchers including some up and coming brands with some gorgeous contemporary styling.
Have you used any of the cat scratcher lounges mentioned in this article? We would love to hear about your experience in buying them and your cat’s experience in using them. CP.