Stretch and Scratch Provides Exercise and Entertainment for Shelter Cats

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Animal Welfare, Scratching

Of course, I wish that all rescued cats awaiting adoption in a shelter could spend their days in open, cage-free cat rooms, but unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet. There are still lots of shelters that, due to space and budget limitations, still have to keep cats in cages. Plus, some kitties need to stay in isolation because of health or behavior issues. Luckily, there are companies out there making products specifically for these kitties, because they need exercise and entertainment so they can stay healthy and shine when potential adopters come by to visit them.

One really great product I’ve been meaning to share with you for a while now is Stretch and Scratch. These simple little cardboard scratchers are designed to meet the needs of cats and kittens staying temporarily in caged environments. The Stretch and Scratch cardboard cat scratcher is just the right size to fit in the cage, plus it’s sturdy, easy to install, and most importantly, it’s affordable.

The scratcher attaches to the bars of the cage with twist ties. Attaching it to the side of the cage keeps it out of the way for easy cleaning. Place it up high for older cats to get a good stretch when scratching, or hang it down low for kittens. Shelters are also encouraged to send the scratchers home with cats when they are adopted so they will have something familiar in their new surroundings.

Stretch and Scratch scratchers are available in quantities or 6, 12, 25 or 50. A full case of 50 scratchers is just $58.95, just a little over $1 per scratcher! And shipping is always just $4.95 per case. This is a great item to donate to your local shelter, or if you work at a shelter, consider putting Stretch and Scratch on your wishlist so your supporters will know to purchase them.

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16 Responses to “Stretch and Scratch Provides Exercise and Entertainment for Shelter Cats”

  1. 1
    EMH

    We got our cat, Iggy, from the Anti-Cruelty Society and they had one in his cage. I was very thankful that they let us bring it home with us because Iggy was nervous in his new home and would sit by the stretch and scratcher. It is a great product and one that should be on every shelter’s wishlist.

  2. 2
    Maggie

    What a good idea. We need to get some for PAWS! http://www.pawsct.org

  3. 3
    jess

    Any information or website on the shelter cats in the photos?
    It would be great to have in this post to help them get adopted!

  4. 4
    Naomi and Gromek

    They have these at the shelter where I volunteer-they are great! Cat at the shelter (those who do not live in the 2 ‘colony’ rooms-which only hold a small fraction of the cats) live in 4-level ‘condos.’ But many of the cats love their scratchers! For other shelters-they give visitors the chance to donate a scratcher to their favorite cat for $5, which helps raise funds! They also send the scratchers home with each cat when they leave.

  5. 5
    jen

    Wow. Whoever came up with that is a genius. So simple but meeting so many kitty needs.

  6. 6
    jmuhj

    LOVE this idea and the product.

  7. 7
    CARE Evanston

    We use these at our shelter (C.A.R.E. in Evanston, IL) and they definitely make the cats happier! I highly recommend them for any shelter. Add them to your wish list! We always send them home with the adopter, too.

  8. 8
    WoofTags

    These are great, thanks for featuring them! Wooftags just ordered and donated a case for one of our local shelters.

  9. 9
    Joan Laisney

    Wow!! Thank you MODERN CAT for helping more homeless cats & kittens waiting in shelter cages (often for months) get a scratcher!
    And thaTHANK YOU, on behalf of all the homeless cats, to the donors sending scratchers to their favorite shelters, you are the best!
    Joan Laisney, designer & owner Stretchandscratch.com XOXOXOXO

  10. 10
    Lynn Duncan (Seamonkey)

    We use these or similar at the Irvine Animal Care Center for all the cats/kittens who are not in the group room… really a great product!!

  11. 11
    coolforcatsuk

    What a fantastic idea. We use the cardboard inner tubes from rolls of cleaning towel to help keep the cats amused in the rescue center I help at (celiahammond.org), but these scratchers are much better – thanks for featuring them. I’m going to see if I can find anything similar available in the UK.

  12. 12
    Jennifer B.

    Wow! These are so awesome. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!

  13. 13
    Sam

    A very generous donor and adopter donates these to our shelter regularly and we LOVE them. At first I was skeptical. They seemed too small and we couldn’t get them up high enough for an adult cat to really stretch out. Once we put them in the cages though, my doubts disappeared. I’d say about 80% of the cats that have one of these in their cage do use it at least occasionally. We’ve been very lucky in that we haven’t had to buy any of these ourselves, but they are well worth the investment.

  14. 14
    Teresa

    This a wondeful idea. Thank you for letting me know. It can make it affordable for me to donate this to a shelter. thank you so much. and Bless you.

  15. 15
    Korin

    I Suggested to my Local Humane society abou these, and i just got a message back that they will put it in the newsletter and their Xmas wish list! most likely i’ll donate a bunch to them :) Thank you Modern Cat!

  16. 16
    Gretchen

    My shelter I volunteer at could really use these. They have one old beat up one that the cats don’t use anymore. It would be great if each cat had one in it’s cage so they have some activity to do during the day.
    Thank YOU.


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