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We purchased this Armitage Cat Scratcher a couple of years ago when we had our other cat, Belle. We picked it up in ASDA for around £3.99 (I think it was on offer at the time). Belle wasn't overly a play about cat. She much preferred the sleep, eat, stroke, sleep method of living. But she was a little so and so for clawing at the door frames to sharpen her claws. There was no deterring her from it. We were forever having to sand down the door frames, fill the scratch marks with polyfiller and then sand that down again and finally paint over it. It was definately a job we could do without! So we thought this Cat Scratcher would be the answer. The Armitage Cat Scratcher is about 1ft long. It is a strudy board with with what I can only describe as coiled sisal rope wrapped around it from top to bottom. The rope is beige in colour for the most part but the two ends of the scratcher is bright orange. Hanging from the top of the scratcher is a purple mouse with bright red ears made from the same sisal material with a long tail to entice your cat towards the scratcher. Underneath the scratcher is a roll of whie sisan which is attached to the underside and this elevates the scratcher off of the floor and makes the scratcher look as though it is on a slight tilt. The scratcher gives the appearance of a well made scratching mat. The sisal rope was wound tightly on the board and did not give any indication that it would come off easily during a cat's scratching session. To be simple, Belle hated this Armitage Cat Scratcher. It didn't matter where I put it, how it was stood she just looked at it like it was a piece of junk and she would return to the door frame. I tried standing the scratcher up against the door frame but she didn't even attempt to scratch at it. She just looked severely put out that this product was in her way. I came to the conclusion that Belle didn't like this product simply because it wasn't a stand up scratch post. I think cats prefer something they can stand up against and scratch on. This just was not tall enough for Belle. We still have the scratcher as we threw it in the cupboard when Belle decided it was just beneth her to use and we recently tried it out on our new cats and it had the same reaction. Neither would touch it and they looked at us as though we had insulted them with it. Absolutely rubbish and from my experience of it with 3 cats I cannot recommend it at all.
With two cats, one of whom believes we own a sofa only so she can sharpen her claws on it, a scratcher is a must. This seemed cheaper than most of the scratching posts so we picked it up for them. The problem is, they won't use it. It got a few interested sniffs and a test scratch and then they never went near it again. Even rubbing it with catnip didn't help. Having watched their scratching habits, I think the problem is that it just isn't long enough for them. They like standing on their hind legs, stretching their forelegs out and scraaaaping their claws all the way down something. Possibly this would do for a kitten who didn't have a very long reach, but for larger cats it's just no good. Get a scratching post instead - and make it as tall as you can. It might cost more, but they'll actually use it.
We brought this for our cat tizer when she was about 6 months old, i brought it from pets pyjamas and payed £7.99 for it. The whole idea of me buying this was to stop tizer scratching my sofa as she had gotten into a realy bad habbit of sharpening her claws on the corner of the sofa. Upon first giving this to tizer she had a quick sniff at it, wandered around it, tapped at the mouse with her paw a couple of times then never payed any attention to it again, she continued to scratch my sofa. When tizer had her kittens we still had this lying around so i put it back out for them, the kittens loved it, they used to run up and down it, chew at the mouse and actually used it to scratch for a few weeks but then copied there mother and turned to using my sofa instead. If you are going to use a cat scratcher with you cat i think it needs to be introduced as a kitten and would probably have worked with my kittens if tizer hadnt been a bad influence. This cat scratcher is about 11 inches long which is quite small so is easy to store and is made of a corce rope material so will last you quite a while. The mouse is attached to the board so the cat cant realy play with it, the only piece not attached is the mouses tail. Most cats scratch at walls, due to the shape of this it is not realy attachable to walls so wouldnt be any good for this. I have tryed everything to get my cat to play on this board and use it as a scratch post but nothing worked. The size of this is quite small as i have previously said so is better suited to kittens than a cat.
I bought this product before I got my cat. He is an indoor cat only so I was keen for him to use a cat scratcher to sharpen his claws rather than shredding my furniture. Price ==== I bought this for £5.99 in ASDA, its around the same price from other retailers. Appearance ======== The sturdy appearance of this product was what caught my eye originally. It is just over a foot long and has some kind of orange and brown sturdy rope like material wrapped around it. It has a purple mouse made from the same sturdy strung material at the top of the scratcher and I was hoping that the tail would attract the cat and he would then scratch it. There is a coil of sturdy rope like material under the main scratcher to elevate it around three inches from the floor. Did It Work ======== No, I'm afraid the cat showed no interest in this product at all. I even tried standing it up against the wall at his favourite scratching place and he simply reached past it and continued shredding the wallpaper. Spraying with catnip didnt help either and I eventually gave up and put it in a bag to take it to the charity shop. Upon researching cat scratchers further, I realised that they need to be tall enough for the cat to stand up to use them for them to work, a product this small will not interest them. Overall ===== If you need to buy a cat scratcher, save your money and buy a bigger product that your cat will actually use.
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