“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Cat Equipment „
We have a cat in our family, he was a rescue cat and was scared of his own shadow back then. They advised that he would be much more suited to being an indoor cat because he doesn't possess any sort of 'streetwise' skills and had no confidence at all because of the way he'd been treated as a kitten. As a result, he doesn't go out in the day, he's happy curled up in front of the fire sleeping the day away. This means however that he can't scratch on tree trunks or sharpen his claws by other means outdoors so he needs the use of a scratch post inside to help him keep those claws in shape. He used to have a massive tree-house type one years ago but that got thrown out when we moved house, mainly due to the amount of space that it took up. Since then for the most part, he's used one of these from Argos as it's very compact - the base is around 25cm squared. We've replaced it around 6 times in total, a couple of times with a Pets at Home one (a more expensive one) when Argos haven't had this in stock but we've always gone back to using this eventually because we find it's the best value for money and very good as what it's designed to do. A few years ago it was only £5.99 but is has since risen in price and now can be purchased online and in store for £9.99. As it's an Argos own brand, they are it's only stockists.
Our cat is very big - he's not fat at all, I promise he really is just 'big-boned'. Because of this, I was a little sceptical about buying this scratch post. The picture in the Argos catalogue shows a tiny kitten using it (also in the picture above) and so I really had my doubts that it would be any good for our big cat to get his big claws into! But, I've been proven completely wrong and he uses it at least three to four times per day every single day so don't let the picture put you off. We keep ours at the bottom of the stairs in the living room because before he used one, it was always the stair carpet at the bottom he tried his luck at scratching at, but now we very rarely catch him doing so. If we do, it's usually his way of telling us that his scratch post needs to be replaced and as soon as we buy a new one, he goes back to using it again.
The scratch post comes in a box in two parts - a pole and a base. All it needs is the pole part winding into the base by hand with the screw that the pole has at the bottom. It takes around 10 seconds if that and then that's it, it's ready to use. The pole part has a pom-pom attached to it on a rope for cats to play with but he doesn't seem impressed with this feature and never uses it although perhaps other cats would find it a great toy. The pole part is made of cream rope that is wound around it for the cat to scratch at and it also has a little fluffy top on it, although I think this is only for show. I would say that the pole is around 45cm tall, so it isn't huge. The rope on this pole is very durable and lasts a long time. We find that our cat uses one side, takes around 4 months to wear it out and then we can turn it around for him to have a go at the other side. It's the higher parts of the pole that get scratched away eventually - he never touches the lower parts of it so they always look like new. Eventually though, the rope starts to shed away from the higher part, the more he uses it. The base is in a grey blue colour and made of a carpet material so can also be used to work those claws on too. Even with the tug of his claws on it and the fact that we keep it on laminate flooring, we've never found it to move on the floor very much and it always stays upright. With three to four uses per day, we find it lasts around 8 to 10 months in total before we have to think about replacing it. Even at £9.99 this seems quite reasonable and I don't think I've ever come across one in the specialist pet stores at a similar price, they all seem to be more expensive.
As long as Argos keep making this product at this same quality and don't keep putting the price up, we will carry on buying it every time we need a new one. In fact, I think we'll be buying another fairly soon as I've noticed while looking at it for this review that ours is starting to look a little worn out and he might start making his way to the carpet again!
I rate it 5 stars as it's always been a great purchase, every time we've bought it.
Thanks for reading :o)
One thing you need when you have a kitten/cat is a cat scratching post. Me and my kitten Myrtle own a whopping 4 of them, 3 for our home and one at my mums who we are currently staying with till we can move into our new flat. I bought this one to keep at my mums whilst we are here but to stay here for when we visit and I have to say I like other reviewers are not best pleased with this one as I don't believe it is very good quality at all and after just a week it looked old and had it!
This item comes flat packed and in two parts. You get a square carpet covered base which is a blue colour and then the post which is sturdy and covered in a cream coloured rope which is reasonably thick and the post screws really easily into the base and is reasonably heavy so Myrtle can't just knock it over easily and it measures once put up H45, W29, D29cm. The top of the post is finished with a plush fluffy grey material and then a ball hangs (once again fluffy) on a thin bit of cream string. I was a bit put off by the cheap look of the thing to be honest but thought Myrtle may appreciate it and I was right she actually did.
Myrtle loves a good scratch and she loves to use these things to stretch on as well. However the ball fell off the first day we had it after she attacked it and had to be thrown as I couldn't secure it back on. The rope around the main of the post moved badly and got frayed looking within less that a week and the whole thing looked older than a week old and looked rather scruffy which really annoyed me!
This was really easy to put up and it is rather sturdy though it looks cheap and didn't wear at all well however Myrtle still likes it and it will do us for now but I will be replacing it very soon. It is sturdy though and of good weight just the appearance lets it down sadly so we are divided on this. Myrtle likes it but I don't and want better quality in future and I'm willing to pay a bit extra to get that for her!
Only available from Argos costing £9.99.
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With three indoor cats, we have to provide plenty of scratching facilities - and I don't mean our two sofas. Currently, we have three scratching posts, a scratching box, and a rug specifically bought for Snoopy who likes scratching carpets, but can't in a flat with all laminate flooring.
One of the scratching posts is an Argos one, and we have had another of these in the past. The Argos Cat Scratching Post is about as basic a scratching post as you can get: it's a rope-covered pole on a carpeted base, with a ball dangling from the top of the pole.
The Argos scratching post that we have at the moment is mainly used by Snoopy. Some time ago I wrote a review of a scratching box that I had bought for him, and explained in the review that he doesn't tend to use scratching posts; he has now proved me wrong, and over recent months has been scratching on his post and sleeping on the scratching box. Snoopy is a pretty big cat, and the Argos scratching post stands up well to his strength. If it is not in a corner when he uses it though, it does migrate across the floor as he pushes on it. The height is perhaps a touch less than would be ideal, but even Snoopy manages to use the post comfortably. This particular post is around 7 years old, and still in very good condition. The main post has rope-like stuff wound around it to create the scratching surface, and it gets a bit fuzzy looking after a short time, but that is to be expected.
The other Argos scratching post that we have owned lasted something like 6 years, and then fell apart pretty quickly. It was mainly used for most of its life by Milly, our youngest and smallest cat. She is very enthusiastic with scratching posts, and will use one several times a day while looking at us to be told what a good girl she is. One day we noticed that the top of the rope on the scratching post had come unstuck, and from then it was only a few weeks before the rope was unwound halfway down the post, and Milly was having to lie down to use it. When we replaced it, we bought a slightly more expensive one which she tore to shreds in a couple of weeks; she's now using a scratching post on the top of a cheese-shaped cat den, which she turned her nose up at for two years before deciding it was actually acceptable.
The ball on both scratching posts lasted very little time, and was a bit of a waste of time. The cats pulled them off while scratching, and were left with a ragged bit of string dangling down the side of the post.
Although one of our scratching posts fell apart very quickly once there was a bit of it unstuck, it had lasted for around 6 years before this happened. We still have one which is about 7 years old - perhaps it will soon fall apart as well, but for the low price, I think I can safely say we've had our money's worth. The scratching post is currently priced at £8.99 - I can't remember what we paid but it was around that. Having tried a more expensive scratching post which Milly wiped out in double quick time, next time we need to replace a scratching post I'm just going to go back to Argos.
And if you're wondering what cat number three uses for scratching, as I've only mentioned the scratching habits of two in this review - she either bites her nails or scratches the sofa when she thinks we're not looking.
(Isn't that kitten in the product picture adorable? She must be teeny, when Snoopy holds the scratching post like that, his ears are above the top.)
When we first purchased 2 kittens in November 2005 I quickly realised that my boys loved to scratch. We hadn't lived in the house long, so while I wasn't that bothered about whether the carpet was damaged as I knew it would be replaced, I was concerned about the number of times they got my sofa. While sometimes it seemed quite accidental, other times I would catch them getting ready for a good scratching session, and I found I couldn't always stop them in time, so it made sense to choose a scratching post and try and get them in the habit of using it.
I noticed that this was a cheap an basic option involving a square base covered in blue felt type fabric. There was then a cylindrical post to screw into the base, which was wrapped in a rope tightly. At the top of the post was a string with a pompom type ball to play with,
This came flat packed at Argos as most things do, so we needed to screw the sections together ourselves but this was very easy to do. Initially, this looked quite attractive with the contrast of blue and beige, and it was easy to capture a playful kittens attention by dangling the pompom ball in front of them.
We found that they would quite happily have a bit of a scratch at this, which would distract them from scratching elsewhere for a bit. The string bit did not last more than a couple of months as they managed to chew through it but they were still quite happy to scratch at it.
After a while I noticed firstly that the blue fabric was looking a bit tatty. One of my boys has ginger fur, and he left traces of this all over the base. I would try to hoover it with my Dyson, and it didn't work and you could still see the fur. I then tried brushing it off, which just made it look even more tatty.
Then as the boys got bigger, they were able to tip this over between them, and they would lie with their legs wrapped round it having a merry old fight with it. I wasn't too bothered by this, but it became clear when they were scratching on it that they were now getting too long in the body to be able to do more than a half hearted scratch on this, so it was no longer any use to us. I invested in a taller tree version for a while, which had its own faults, and eventually we gave up on a scratching post altogether for indoors.
Nowadays we still have just the ginger cat, and he tends to scratch at the bark on the trees in the garden, or if we are really unlucky he goes for the decking posts and trashes them instead. I am just grateful he stays away from my new settee and has only scratched it once.
Scratching posts do have a use when cats are young, but I think that they do outgrow this one as they get bigger because it is at least one foot too short. (This cat post comes up to my knee height, so about a foot and a half approximately in height. I paid £10 for it from Argos a few years ago, price as of 06/09/2011 is £8.99.)
A year and a half ago, this was the first scratching post I bought for my then, new kitten. We had already spent tonnes on an array of toys, a new bed, litter box, collar, identity tag, deflea spot on and worming tablets and still had the injections to come! We knew it was an essential to provide your kitty with somewhere to scratch for their benefit- and your furniture!
However, I didn't want to spend a fortune but I wanted something my cat would actually use. I didn't really have enough time to order online and sure there are plenty of cat scratching posts available from Amazon that are also decent prices but when I saw the basic one from Argos I was very encouraged to buy it. It is the cheapest post from Argos at the bargain price of £7.99!
The price wasn't the only thing that drew me to buy it. I wanted a post that would be large enough for when my kitten grew into an adult cat because they like to stretch to the full height. The dimensions are height 45, width 29 and diameter 29cm. The height is great and one of the tallest I found of the basic structure. There are tall activity centres also available which are great but when space and costs are limited this is the best cat scratching post to go for.
The post is covered in sisal rope, embedded with catnip. It has a strong square base covered in carpet and a furry ball on a string attached to the top.
After my kitten had settled in nicely I was very keen to introduce her to the post and exercise her claws on it. The ball was a great way of doing this and she loved playing and pouncing on it and then unleashing her claws on the post. I think the catnip was what encouraged her the most and she almost immediately started using it herself particularly before meals and after waking from a nap.
The height has never been a problem now she is all grown up. The only thing I can say in a negative light is that she is very strong now and can sometimes pull the thing over. She got through her first one quite quickly and we purchased the exact same one after as she loved it so much. In two and a half months she's pulled off the ball and I had to sew it back on. After six months the rope was coming off and bits of white string were always on the floor. Don't let this put you off though because the wear and tear was because she used it all the time and I don't know what we'd do without it.
I has prevented a lot of damage to the furniture but, of course our sofas aren't completely free from damage as she accidentally scratched them when jumping on to the sides of the sofa when she was not big enough to manage it. We something catch her just about to scratch something else but we simply nudge her away and she uses her post just as regularly as she used to.
This is a great scartching post I really recommend it, it's one of the best decisions I ever made, for me and my cat! I give it a 5 stars all round, it's fab.
When our kitten arrived with us a few years ago, one of the first things I bought for him was a scratching post. I did this because I wanted to encourage him to scratch on one item in the house rather than take a liking to my furniture.
We chose the basic scratch post from Argos which was priced around the £8 mark. Years later the same design is still sold for around the same price which says to me it's a well made design.
The post itself comes sat on a carpeted base, and also includes a small attention toy for the cat to play with that hangs by a cord from the top of the post.
To look at the scratch post, you wouldn't think much of it. In very neutral brown colours, this will fit in to the majority of houses without looking too out of place.
The base itself is 30 centimetres square and covered in a cord carpet. This is durable and good when the cats like to scratch the base as well as the post itself. It's not big enough for the cat to sit on which is a good thing as it's not designed to be a resting place for the cats, literally a place to scratch.
As for the post itself, it's covered in a thick sisal rope. This is wound around and attached in place on the post which measures around half a metre tall. I think this height is ample for small kittens to be able to attack the base of the post and as the cat grows, they will reach further up as they stretch.
I think this helps the post stay durable as different parts of the post gets attacked at differing times.
We noticed that once we introduced our kitten to the post, he really took to it. Years later he still uses it despite it starting to look worse for wear now. I would expect nothing more after a few years, as nothing will stay perfect forever.
The only flaw we have found on the post is that as our cat has grown to his full adult size and therefore has been reaching the top of the post for quite a while, he has somehow managed to find the edge of the rope at the top and it is wearing away from the post slightly. He isn't bothered by this and still has a good old scratch daily.
As for the toy attached to the post, sadly this didn't last more than around a year if I remember correctly. It's a fun addition to the post, but my excitable cat chucked the poor toy around so much that eventually it fell off after much pawing and biting of the string it was attached to.
Overall, the scratch post has certainly proved its worth in terms of value for money in more than one sense. We have found that if we wanted the cat to stay away from new sofas or table legs then we would just move the scratch post and he would automatically go to this instead of the furniture.
For under a tenner, this is a great addition to any home with a kitten. I would suggest getting it early on in your cat's life so they understand this is how it's to be from the start rather than trying to introduce it to an adult cat.
I have 3 fairly young British Shorthair female cats and hence for this reason I buy cat products on a regular basis. I also work voluntary for Cats Protection and I am often asked for advice about cats and cat products.
Why You Need A Scratching Post!
It is very important for your cat to have a scratching post. Cats sharpen their claws several times a day, it's a natural thing for cats to do. Years ago before cats became pampered pets they would hunt to feed themselves and therefore sharp claws were a must have. If you don't have a scratching post that suits your cat then it is very likely that your cat will find other places to sharpen their claws. Cats are highly intelligent, creative creatures and will quickly find other scratching places like your along the side of your bed, on your wallpaper, on your carpets and on your sofa etc.
The Scratching Post!
My 3 cats have 3 scratching posts. The one they all prefer is this Argos Cat Scratching post. The post costs £7.99 and is available to buy at Argos instore and online. The post is 45cm high so this allows your puss to have a good stretch before she does the claw sharpening for the day. A dual purpose scratching post!
The actual post is wrapped with sisal rope. Sisal rope is made from a hard natural fibre extracted from the Sisal plant. It has excellent resistance to sunlight, little stretch, and good knot-holding ability. Sisal rope works well in this scratching post, it takes a lot of abuse and it is strong and durable. It does not break easily and best of all it is a natural product derived from plants.
The scratching post sits on a square base. The base is made up of plywood covered in very thin carpet. Cats love carpet and will even use the base of this scratching post for scratching purposes. The base is okay for holding the scratching post but the scratching post moves around a lot whilst my cats are using it.
To remedy this problem and to make this scratching post even more rebust my husband covered the base of the scratching post with thicker hard wearing carpet left over from our sitting room. This worked to make the scratching post much more stable as the additional carpet made it heavier. It does not move about now as much as it did before he covered it with the thicker carpet. The post is in our sitting room and as an added bonus it now matches the carpet!
The actual sisal rope the post is wound with has been impregnated with catnip. Catnip is the common name for a perennial herb of the mint family. It is native to Europe and is an import to the United States and other countries. The catnip plant is now a widespread weed in North America.
Catnip triggers strange behavioral changes in cats when they come in contact with it. The aroma of catnip drives cats crazy sending them into a state of friskiness and excitement. Cats react to catnip in many peculiar ways: some cats eat or lick it, others roll in it, some play with it and others will simply just sniff it. All of these reactions release an oil called nepetalactone that stimulates chemical responses in cats causing them to become energized and wild.
This catnip impregnated sisal rope helps attract your cat to the post. The catnip smell on the sisal rope wears off really quickly. The best way to rejuvenate the catnip scent on the sisal rope is to buy a catnip spray and spray the sisal on the post from time to time. Petplanet.co.uk and vetuk.co.uk both sell catnip spray and it costs about £2.50 for 100mls. If you have trouble finding a catnip spray then you could put loose catnip on the base of the scratching post. Most High Street pet shops sell loose catnip and prices range from £2 to £5 depending on the size of the pack.
Your cats will love this, they will roll about in it and have lots of fun. This will get messy with loose catnip all over the floor but the enjoyment your cats will get it from this will be worth the mess, although my husband is not so sure!
The post has a furry mouse hanging from the top of the post. Don't worry the mouse is not real it is made from fur like fabric. The mouse lasted about one day and then I found my cat Petal wrestling with it on her sheepskin rug. I think she was making sure it was dead, she was having great fun. The mouse was in a bit of a mess so I never even tried to put it back onto the scratching post. It's just an added advantage that comes with this scratching post.
All in all this Argos Cat Scratching Post is exceptional value. It is tall enough for cats to have a good stretch and the sisal rope is a natural, hardwearing product. The added furry mouse is an extra bonus.
My 3 girls have been using this post for nearly 7 months. The sisal rope has started to wear away near the top of the scratching post but this is the part of the post that gets the most abuse. The sisal rope has not torn it is just worn looking. When the rope does tear it will unwind from the post. Because the post is made from one continuous length of sisal rope I will not be able to reattach the torn sisal rope to the post. As I've said at the moment it's just a bit worn and should last for another few months.
So in conclussion £7.99 for a scratching post that is used by 3 cats several times a day, that lasts about one year is in my opinion great value.
Just a tip, don't pay the Argos postage charge to have this item delivered to your home. Reserve this item online and get it delivered to your local store. The Argos delivery charge is £5.95, so added to the £7.99 cost of this scratching post it makes the post become not such a good buy.
Well done Argos!
After having our cat for a few months I have become a lot more conscious about her furniture scratching habits, mainly because of purchasing a new bed. When we had a bed before that was on it's last legs and really just generally knackered I never gave her scratching a second thought but as we have recently purchased a new bed I wanted to nip any opportunities for scratching in the bud by having a second scratching post on hand in the bedroom door just for her to spot before she spotted the corner of the bed. The scratching post that I went with was an Argos one, mainly because I paid just £1.00 for it at a local boot sale, however, this can be purchased (new) from Argos for just £7.99 which is very cheap for a scratching post anyway.
This scratching post is a flat base which has a cheap carpet covering over the bottom of it. Then you have a large scratching post which is covered in sisal rope. When this product is new it's 'impregnated' with catnip designed to encourage your cat to exercise their claws. I must say that the scratching post we purchased was just £1.00 because it had been used by a cat already for a couple of years so I am sure the catnip was no longer present on the rope, however, our cat took a shine to this as soon as we brought it in to the house. As this post had already been used for a couple of years it's fair to say that it had seen a little bit of wear and tear, however, the toy was still firmly attached and as it has a strong rope keeping it attached I am sure it will stay this way for quite some time yet. This is usually an issue in our house as we have a very playful active kitten who loves to chew almost anything and usually toys last just a few minutes or hours if we are very lucky, however, this has stood the test of time so far and shows little signs of wear on it so that's a positive sign. The dimensions of this product are 45cm (Height) X 29cm (Width) X 29cm (Depth) so it's quite sizable but it fits quite comfortable in one of the little nooks in our bedroom hallway meaning our kitten spots it generally before she spots the corner of the bed.
While I must say that this scratching post does not appear to be anything special it is lasting the test of time a lot better than a little set I paid almost £35 for from Amazon. I have been very pleased with the quality of this post and even when it was soaked while walking around the boot sale it shows no signs of damp or damage and has not soaked the flooring underneath where it sits. It has worked quite effectively at preventing our kitten from scratching the corner of our new bed, so far anyway, so I have been very pleased all round with my bargain purchase. If you are in the market for a little more enrichment for your cat/kitten or even just looking for something to try and tempt them away from items of furniture then this should be the product for you. The rope is strong enough that while it may fray a little over time it will not just fall off or shred and it should provide countless hours of enjoyment for your moggy and what more could you ask for for under £10?!
We always tried to make sure that our cat never got the opportunity to scratch the furniture, i.e. he was never left alone in a room with temptation.
However, when we took in my daughter's cat following her re-location to a London flat where pets were not practical it was a different story. Her black and white "Tuxedo" cat already had a well developed furniture scratching habit and would go for anything that he could hook his claws into without warning.
Immediate action was required so I scouted about for a quick solution.
I remember years ago that my daughter bought a "pyramid cat house" which was intended to be a scratching post come toy house type of thing that the cats at the time didn't even so much as glance at. With this in mind I was wary of spending too much money on something that would possibly never be used.
My friend already had one of these scratching posts that her cat was happily ripping to pieces so that seemed a pretty good option. We set of to Argos and found the post still available and at £6.99 I didn't hesitate. After all if the cats didn't take to it then it wasn't going to break the bank.
Basically consisting of a carpet covered flat base with an upright post entwined with string, it was very quick and easy to assemble, simply screwing the post into the base. There is a pom-pom like toy attached with a length of string to the top of the post.
I must admit that I did think it a little flimsy, but at the price I didn't really expect much.
Initially both cats totally ignored it. I tried it in various locations throughout the house but they showed no interest whatsoever and I had almost given up on it. I had rubbed it with some cat nip treats to no avail but after some weeks decided to give it another go and voila! Jimmy the black and white cat went for it and has never looked back. He scratches on it regularly and we thankfully no-longer need to watch him so carefully when he is around the furniture.
Strangely though, our mackerel tabby, while happy to watch Jimmy going mental at the post shows no inclination to use it himself. Perhaps the rule of no scratching allowed indoors has been far more deeply imbedded, him being the older (and some would say wiser) of the two.
So after a delayed start, yes, I would highly recommend this post in terms of price and efficacy, for after 3 months, despite its somewhat flimsy appearance it has stood up to the fairly ferocious "Jimmy" attacks extremely well.
Argos Cat Scratching Post
Description: Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Cat Equipment.
I share my home with 2 lovely Siamese cats but unfortunately, they like to scratch! They are indoor cats so this obviously means they have less places to indulge this scratching habit and in order to keep them from attacking my sofa or rugs, I have to ensure that they have a scratching post.
When I first bought a scratching post, I paid quite a bit more for it than I did for this one and also struggled to get the cats to use it. In fact, it sat for a good couple of weeks with the cats looking puzzled when I attempted to entice them into using it. Finally, I solved the problem by buying some catnip spray from my local pet shop and liberally spraying the post. This gave almost instant results and now, they adore their scratching post. This one actually comes inpregnated with catnip so they are delighted though we do still give it a spray now and again as a treat!
The cat scratching post costs just £6.99 and measures (H)45, (W)29, (D)29cm. It is easy to assemble and consists of a square carpet base and a sisal rope covered post which your cats can get their claws into easily.
Now don't get me wrong, this is quite a basic version and there are loads of bigger, posher ones on the market but for my 2 cats, this is all they need and it offers excellent value for money. Unfortunately, they do tend to scratch the carpet base too so it has to be replaced every 9 months or so, but that is all the more reason for paying less for it.
Despite not being the biggest cat scratching post on the market, this one is pretty sturdy and takes the punishment that my 2 inflict upon it quite easily. It has a little fluffy bobble attached to the top that they can chase around and despite their best efforts, the cats haven't managed to dislodge this yet so it is pretty robust.
5 stars from me, a decent economy cat scratcher that offers excellent value for money - with added catnip, what more could your cats ask for!
Right off the bat I will tell you straight away that this product gets 5 out of 5 for me. We have a house cat who gets easily bored and is more than happy to rip curtains, carpets and anything else he can get his paws close to, we have tried other products which didn't really do it for him, but this has been a snip at the price and really has given our frustrated feline somewhere to scratch out his boredom, its a cheaper version than our other scratching post but with two in different rooms he really has no excuses now for his disgraceful behaviour.
Availability: Its from Argos, so you can buy it from Argos, there are stores all over the uk and on the interweb thingy too, so no excuses for those of you living in the back of beyond.
Price: £6.99, for under £7, you get something that not only works with your cat but also adds an adventure playground element to the living room, cheap at half the price.
Looks: Well its not pretty, its a scratching post with a hanging toy on it, it looks exactly as described, its hard scratchy material and the toy allows any feline pugilist the opportunity to test their southpaw (Sorry!!) skills by punching the thing about.
Putting it together, really quick and easy, takes two minutes without instructions, it is as simply as looking at where parts go and putting them together.
Overall: Overall i'm happy with this, its a welcome addition to the house, although we are spending more money on cat toys than stuff for ourself, but its worth it if the little blighter stops damaging things. This is a step forward, the toy has catnip in it, the post is durable and invites further scratching and its not big enough to ugly up the room and not small enough to be useless for your cat. Its cheap, useful and popular in our house.
When I first got Booty my cat for my 16th birthday I literally had no idea on how to look after a cat or anything about them at all really but with a cat like Booty I had to learn pretty quickly especially when it came to things like toys. Before I bought this he (yes his name is Booty and he's a boy!) would scratch the hell out of anything near to him including my face a good few times while I was asleep so something like this was a necessity if only to save my poor face from getting any more claw marks! But as I said I had no idea what made a good toy for cats so I really did buy the first one I looked at which happened to be this "Argos Cat Scratching Post" and Im very happy I did because this saved all the furniture & my face from getting clawed to death for a very long time!
Stockists: Argos & argos.co.uk
Other Info: H - 45 W - 29 D - 29cm - Also has catnip for extra encouragment!
It has to be said this probably isnt the most attractive cat scratching post available because it is quite basic. The long scratching bit is covered with what it basically rope, there is a small grey ball attached to the top and a quite thick carpeted base on the bottom. So not the most attractive thing in the world or the most colourful but if the cat likes it who cares!
Now as for the little grey ball Id say thats a great added feature if your buying this for a kitten like I was because they will sit there for hours trying to grab at it but for an older cat who obviously doesnt play as much it might be a bit pointless as Booty got bored with that part quite quickly but for kittens its great. The actual pole is very good because even older cats will still get some use out of it and scratch it for ages without any obvious damage happening for ages. The rope seems to be pretty high quality because it was a really long time before Booty needed a new one and he was constantly playing with this so it is great value for money.
This is suitable for both kittens and older cats because not only will they use it a lot the base means no matter how big the cat the whole thing wont just fall down as it is very sturdy. Its not that big so it can be kept in anyone's house without falling over it all the time and from the minute we got this my cat didnt scratch another piece of furniture again and Im even happier to say my face also remained scratch free!
I am very happy with this purchase and I would highly recommend it to others. Okay its not the nicest thing to look at but it saves the cat scratching elsewhere and they do get loads of enjoyment out of it so I think it's worth every penny.
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As you will see from a previous review when we got our third cat Layla we wanted to buy her something to scratch and shrpen her claws on without her using the furniture, and purchased cleo Cat Scratcher. When we got our first 2 cats Poppy and Daisy we want a similar thing, soemthing to deter them from using the furniture as a scratching post, so we brought them a proper scratching post from Argos. I wish we had known about the Cleo Cat Scratchers then because whilst we were very pleased with the scratching post itself, Poppy and Daisy were less than impressed!!!!
We bought our scratching post from Argos a few years ago, it came in 3 pieces, a base, a thick stem and a top panel, it was very simple to assemble, the base and top panel simply screwed onto the stem with the screw already inserted into either end of the stem so all you had to do was line the hole up (one on the base and one on the top panel) and twist untill they were securly in place. The base and top is covered with a strong durable carpet material nad the stem is Sisal Rope covered and impregnated with catnip to encourage your cat to sharpen its claws on it. There is also a small ball on a strong attached to the side of it for you cat/ kitten to play with. The scratching post when assembled is not too big that it takes up a large space in our lounge but is big enough for you cat to use what ever age and size, the dimentions are Height 45cm width 29cm and depth 29cm. Personally I thought it was the perfect size not too introusive but ideal for cats and kittens. With our scratching post I think the top panel was slightly bigger than the one shown in the picture.
Now the idea as you know is the scratching post is to encourage you cat/ kitten to sharpen its claws on the post rather than your furniture, it also provides them with something to keep them entertained, thats the theory anyway. From day 1 we never had any real problems with Poppy and Daisy sharpening their claws on the furniture but we still left the scratching post in the lounge to give them something to play with. Once the post was assmebled and placed in the corner of the lounge they did walk up to it and showed a little bit of interest, they stretched up with and played with the ball on the side, so I was hopeful it was going to be a success. However the novilty soon wore off, afer a couple of days neither of them would sharpen thier claws on it or play around it, it was as if it wasnt there!!! The only use that our scratching post got after the first few days of having it was they would sit on top of it so that they could see in my dads fish tank.
The material that covered bother the base, stem and top panel seemed pretty durable, and after the little bit of use it didnt have a mark on it, obviously I cannot comment on how it would fair over a long period of time but I was pleased with how robust it seemed. This scratching post seems like it would be ideal for both small and large cats aswell as kittens, from the appearance and feel of it it is in no way flimsy in that if a larger cat used it it would fall apart or break. Once assembled the whole structure if very stable.
The scrachting post cost me £6.99 which I thought was very reasonable and good value for money. This product would last your cat a veyr long time (if they like it) We bought ours from Argos however I ahve seen similar items in varius other pet shops.
Overall personally I would recommend this scratching post if your cat/ or kitten likes this sort of thing, it is cheap and hard wearing. I was just a bit disapointed that Poppy and Daisy were not as impressed as me!
As much as I love my kitty and want the best for him when it comes to certain things that every cat should have but nearly all of them are the same with just mark ups in the price like scratching posts I usually go for the cheaper version.
I bought Dashiel's scratching post from argos as I was already ordering some things from the website.
The argos scratching post come in at a bargain price of only £6.99 and my reasoning for buying this instead of a more expensive one was that for something that is designed to be scratched I wasn't paying a lot of money for it.
He is a little git for climbing up and down the curtains and scratching the couch and I thought this would help with that. He was a few months old when I bought this and I really believe everyone should get one when their cats are just little so they are used to using one from the start. I urge anyone else not to make the same mistake as me and get one as soon as you get your kitty.
The post comes in two parts but before anyone panics it is simply a case of screwing them together and takes seconds.
The base is covered in a carpet material and the post is covered in tightly wound rope that your kitty will have great pleasure in dragging their claws along.
On top of the post it is covered in fur for some unknown reason to me. There is also the added benefit of a pom pom type ball that is attached for your cat to swing at.
The whole thing is very good quality for the price and feels sturdy and well made with the exception of the toy which lasted about two minutes before it had come off. However this isn't why I had bought the post in the first place so it wasn't a big deal to me.
It is amazing how instinctive cats are, Dashiel was straight over and seems to know within seconds this post was for his very own use and no one else's and was happily scratching away within minutes.
I have had the post for a little while now and it has stood up to constant use quite well. The fur on the top is ruined as he loves to jump up and perch there and the rope is coming away slightly from the post but this is to be expected.
I would definitely buy it again as I think that any scratching post is going to come under some heavy use and this has lasted quite well and other than it not being indestructible I really can't fault it as it has gone some way in making sure my couches take a little less abuse than before. A more expensive one might have lasted a little longer but I'm sure it wouldn't have been that much.
Rescue your furniture! Argos Cat Scratching Post
Everybody with a cat will experience the problem that the cat will scratch the furniture in your house. A friend of mine saw her chairs being attacked and also her couch. They are simply ruined now. My cat discovered the couch and suddenly to heard this awful noise of him scratching along the couch. I knew I had to handle right away and bought this Argos Cat Scratching Post. Almost a year later and he's still enjoying his little post.
The Argos Cat Scratching Post comes around the price of 6,99 pounds and thought that was really cheap. It isn't really a big scratching post and he is about 45 centimetres tall which is tall enough for a kitten but sometimes I wonder if it's not a little bit small now when he's more than one year old. It still does the trick but I think I might buy a new bigger one.
The Argos Cat Scratching Post comes is two pieces and is really easy to assemble. You simply screw the pole to the base and that's it really. It's done in 2 minutes. The post feels quiet light and the base of the post is light wood which is covered in some kind of carpet and the pole with some kind of rope. The rope is covered with catnip which the cats love to play with. Also there's a little ball attached to the post where the cat can play with.
The post was straight away a big success. The cat looked a little funny at the beginning but after 10 minutes he was playing and scratching straight away. He was been jumping on it and even a little pole dancing! He really enjoys it and he left my couch alone since then. I think he only touched my couch twice since them but only for a minute. Probably just to check it out. He doesn't really play with the little ball attached to it.
The Argos Cat Scratching Post has been really worth the 6,99 pounds!