Cat scratchers & scratching posts are far more than just a cat toy. They are a cat’s personal gym, and an essential tool for keeping their paws and nails healthy. If a cat is provided a good scratching post, they are less likely to use your couch, upholstered chairs, or leather recliner for personal exercise. Scratchers and scratching posts are often combined with cat trees, a piece of pet furniture that most cats truly enjoy. A good cat scratcher needs to be long enough for your cat to stretch up to full length, and rugged enough to sink in claws.