“ Brand: Pets At Home / Type: Hanging Scratch Pad „
We have two cats, one of whom does not have a very active lifestyle due to heart problems, and because of this I am always looking for new ways to entertain my cats, particularly my older one, without them having to go too far away from wherever they may be in our home at the time. This hanging scratching pad was actually purchased for me by my Mum, for £3, from Pets at Home, and she thought it might be ideal to entertain the cats.
This scratching pad is 11cm wide and 41cm long so it is a generous enough length to hang from any door handle to allow adult cats to reach it comfortably. This is basically a threaded piece of carpet which has a loop that I can hang around any door handle in my home. This is then there for my cats to scratch so that they can hopefully leave my sofas, soft furnishings and the corners of beds in my home alone. My particular piece of 'carpet' is a greyish colour and blends in nicely with the colours of my lounge but I've seen lots of different, sometimes hideous ones in store at Pets at Home so there should be one to blend in at least slightly with most decors.
Initially this scratching pad was left on one of the doors in our hallway, so the cats might find it when wandering around looking for something to do, but I found that it kept getting knocked off and brought through into the lounge. Eventually I started hanging it on a door in the kitchen and this has been the place it has stayed for at least the last month or so, which must mean the cats are happy to have it there.
I see my cats scratching this hanging pad at least once a day, which is great, and often more. My eldest cat seems to love stretching herself right up to the top to really flex her muscles and give her nails a workout. My youngest cat, who is a year old, uses this also, despite having three different towers and several stand alone scratching posts to choose from too.
This really is the sort of item that anyone could knock together with some carpet offcuts but my Mum bought me this so I can't complain really. My cats seem to like it, and they use it daily at least, so that is a huge plus point as it definitely helps to save my furniture from getting scratched. Since adding this scratching pad, another tower and a stand alone scratching post I have been able to almost completely stop both my cats from scratching any furniture, including my new sofas. This alone makes this worthy of a purchase in my opinion but because it is just effectively a piece of carpet, with some cord through it, I am rating it 4/5. I would still recommend something like this but perhaps just make one yourself from some old carpet or an offcut. I expect even a carpet shop would sell you a tiny scrap of carpet for less than £3 so really I am rating this product up but suggesting a homemade version!
As the owner of three cats finding things for them to sharpen their claws on other than the furniture is a problem. Two of my girls are virtually house cats and like to use my door frames for a manicure while my youngest thinks the side of the sofa is her nail bar. I've tried various scratching posts, mats etc but nothing really works. Living very close to a Pets at Home I often browse around and spotted this scratch pad that you hang on the door. It was just £2.99 so with not a lot to lose I picked one up.
The Hanging Scratch Pad is 41cm's long x 12cm's wide, it is basically a piece of quite rough carpet on the front with a soft back. At the top it has a piece of nylon cord threaded through it to make the hanger, this adds approximately another 15cm's to the length of the whole pad Pets at Home has this in various colours and patterns, non e of which were very nice, and in the end I chose a pink, purple and grey one as it was the closest I could get to it matching my lounge.
The idea is simple you just use the cord to hang the scratch pad from the door handle and instead of your little fur baby sharpening their claws up the door frame they will use the pad, alternatively it could be leant up the side of sofas or chairs, anywhere where your at scratches. I didn't really hold out a lot of hope for the scratch pad but it wasn't expensive and if it didn't work I could always pass it on to my friend for her cat.
I tried hanging the scratch pad on the door handle first. My youngest cat Layla thought it was something to pat and play with, Daisy is older and totally ignored it choosing another door to sharpen her claws. Poppy who so also older and the biggest culprit took a great deal of interest in the scratchy mat, touching it and sniffing it for sometime before stretching up on her back legs and putting her front paws under the pad and scratching in her usual place on the door frame! This wasn't the reaction I had hoped for but I did expect it.
I then tried leaning it up against the sofa where Layla has her daily manicure, this resulted in a little interest but she just patted it to one side and carried on as normal.
I left the pad in various places for several days and it made absolutely no difference to my girls and their daily routine of sharpening their claws on my wood and furniture. My mum suggested just laying it on the carpet and maybe they would use it like that. I tried this and Poppy did use it a couple of times but only in between using the door frame, they then saw it as a toy and chewed the cord.
I have now given it to my friend who hasn't had any luck with it either. I suspect someone is making a small fortune from off cuts of carpet, it wouldn't be difficult to make your own. All in all the Hanging Scratch Pad is a good idea in principle but in practice it didn't work for us.