Introducing Natural Scratch Cork & Cedar Scratching Posts PLUS BONUS GIVEAWAY

Sun, May 9, 2010

Giveaways, Green Design, Scratching

Natural Scratch Cork and Cedar Scratchers

In keeping with our scratching theme, I’d like to share with you these elegantly simple and unique scratching posts that offer some different materials for scratching. Natural Scratch is a line of handcrafted scratching posts made of solid natural cork or solid white cedar wood. As we saw in the photos last week, lots of cats like to scratch on wood, so this may be the perfect solution.

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Both the cork and the cedar scratchers have incredibly sturdy bases made of red cedar. The cedar post measures 32″ tall and the cork post comes in both 24″ and 32″. These posts have some really great details, designed to entice your cat to scratch, including the antenna toy made of stretchy string, and a “mouse hole” at the top. You can poke the antenna toy through the hole or hide treats or other toys so kitty will reach up to investigate and then dig her claws into the post.

Natural Scratch

The wood post is made with Wisconsin-grow Northern white cedar. This wood has a nice rough texture that cats love, plus it is very soft, so they can really sink their claws in. The company says that in all the years they’ve been making these posts, no one has ever reported a cat getting a sliver in a paw.

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They sent us one of the cork posts to test, and as you can see, it is a big hit. It took a while for them to get used to the new material, but the toy at the top really helped attract them to the post. It gets a lot of use now, and although some crumbs flake off each time it gets clawed, you can barely see any wear. A little vacuuming cleans-up the cork bits. I think we will get many, many years of use out of this scratcher. And the cats especially love how tall it is, they can really get in a good stretch, as Ando and Theo are both demonstrating above.

Natural Scratch Horizontal Scratchers

Natural Scratch just came out with a line of horizontal scratchers, too, in both cork and cedar. They also have the string toy attached, as well as some holes that you can fill with catnip.

All Natural Scratch products come with a booklet with lots of helpful tips for training your cat to use the scratching post.


Natural Scratch is offering a 32-inch cork post for one lucky winner! To enter, please leave a comment on this post with your thoughts about the Natural Scratch products. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on May 16. One entry per person. This giveaway includes free shipping to the lower 48 states. Readers outside this region may enter if they are willing to pay the extra shipping charges.

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706 Responses to “Introducing Natural Scratch Cork & Cedar Scratching Posts PLUS BONUS GIVEAWAY”

  1. 101

    This is a really clever idea!

  2. 102

    My kitties love scratchers

  3. 103

    hmmm… i think this might save my furniture. I like that it’s not covered in ugly carpet, although I’d have to do something to disguise the big feet.

  4. 104

    Ingenious idea! We once put out a stump for the cat to scratch on, but it was a huge mess. This is much more contained :)

  5. 105

    OOHHH I want this! No carpet fibers/sisal threads to get stuck in my kittie’s nails.

  6. 106

    I just love the cork idea. This product looks eco friendly, assuming the base isn’t made with chemicals. Even so, it’s far more preferrable to the typical carpet cat scratch post. Great find!

  7. 107

    i’m loving the looks of the scratchers but will the cork pieces come off?

  8. 108

    I would have never thought of using cork…these are very cool!

  9. 109

    Very cool products!

  10. 110
    Rachel G

    Very interesting idea with the cork…I think, once any cat got used to the new material, they would absolutely love it. I know my kitties would. And it looks nice too.

  11. 111

    My cats would love this!

  12. 112

    I love the idea of a cork scratcher. I would think having a completely different texture to scratch on in addition to the more traditional cardboard and sisal, would be exciting for any cat.

  13. 113

    The cork is such a great idea. I want to scratch it myself!

  14. 114

    Cork! Wow – would never had thought of that as a scratching post. Sounds cool! Thanks for the offer.

  15. 115

    I really like the idea of cork and cedar. Right now my roommates use sisal covered posts but they look bad after a few days of use. The cork and the untreated cedar probably do not change much even after the cats enjoy themselves.

  16. 116

    My guys could really put a dent in this one!

  17. 117

    I love the idea of a cork scratching post! And I bet the cedar one smells good.

  18. 118

    This would be great for my little ones!

  19. 119

    Yes yes yes, the cork post seems great! Right now we have siszal and cardboard scratching surfaces at home that my cat is allowed to use… I wouldn’t encourage her to scratch directly on wood for the sake of my furniture, but cork seems like a nice alternative surface that kitty would love to scratch on!

  20. 120

    Interesting idea.

  21. 121

    My kids would really enjoy road testing this one!

  22. 122

    This is great. I love it’s simplicity. Curious to see how it holds up.

  23. 123

    it looks great! would fit in perfectly with my furniture

  24. 124

    What a neat idea, using cork as a scratching post. My kitties would love to give this one a test drive.

  25. 125

    What a great scratching post! Love that it’s all natural. My kitties would love trying to get the toy at the top.

  26. 126

    I don’t think the cork would last long with my Angel, but would love to try it! It’s a different idea than I have seen before.

  27. 127

    this scratching post is gorgeous and just what we need to help out cats not hit up our couch so often!

  28. 128

    My cats always scratch our firewood when we bring it in so I am sure they would love this too.

  29. 129

    Finally – a cork scratching post! Mine love to scratch on my cork bulletin board so this is perfect. I would love to be able to give my cats something they are supposed to scratch on.

  30. 130
    Woodgie's Gramma

    We could always use another scratching post around here…

  31. 131

    I love that it is natural and it must smell nice too!

  32. 132

    I’ve never seen cork used as a material for scratchers. I’d definitely like to have my cat try it!

  33. 133

    I’d love to get one of those for my girls! They love reaching up high to stretch-one currently tries to do it on my walls :) They really like the currogated cardboard ones-but those can be messy. This sounds like a great alternative! Great article!

  34. 134

    These look VERY sturdy, with an excellent base to withstand a tall, 22 pound Maine Coon, or any other big, active cat. My big guys could easily scratch about on it without knocking it over. It bugs me when cat furniture is created for kitten sized cats. I have noticed that my cats prefer real wood to carpeted, or sisal covered posts.

  35. 135

    Another great idea! If a little cork comes off…who cares? Our cats have literally shredded 2 of those carpeted covered round pedistals with the holes in it…EVERYDAY there’s a lot of the carpet fibers from that little cat cave!

  36. 136
    Shadie Kaye's Mom

    These are really nice … loved reading the history of them. My houseful of furkids would love one of these >^..^<

  37. 137

    I would love one of these for my cats to try. I like the mouse hole at the top!

  38. 138

    These are awesome! I really appreciate all the thought that clearly went into the design of these.

  39. 139

    Our family of furrys are big time scratchers! We are constantly re-sisaling their posts. I would love to let them give one of these a try. Nicer looking than shredded sisal, too!

  40. 140

    This would be great for our cats, especially the cork version.

  41. 141

    My cat is in need of a new scratcher, and these look awesome! I like how they are made of materials that will definitely last longer than the cardboard scratcher that I have at home. they look great!

  42. 142

    I love having products that are Earth friendly for my kitties. This is a good idea. Cork? Who knew??

  43. 143

    These products look awesome! I have four kitties that love to scratch on wood – they haven’t encountered cork yet – I bet they’d like the cork as well.

  44. 144
    Robin Fiedler

    I love the idea of a natural wood scratching post! Maybe it would stop my cats from scratching up the legs of my settee at the end of my bed.

    I am very curious about the cork. I would like to test it out. I was thinking about getting a cork floor for my kitchen. This would be an inexpensive way of testing whether that would work or not! LOL

  45. 145

    I’ve been searching for an attractive scratching post — here it is! My two cats would love it.

  46. 146

    Wow! These would be wonderful for my little scratchers! Great design!

  47. 147

    I have a sisal scratching post, which the cats do use and requires replacement at least twice a year. It would be great to have a product that is more eco-friendly and durable.

  48. 148
    Tammy Botzon

    My kids would love to get their claws into this!

  49. 149

    These are really interesting! I would love to see how my cats react to the different scratching options :)

  50. 150

    interesting material for a scratcher!


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