The 11 Best Sisal Cat Scratchers 2020 [Cats LOVE Sisal!]

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If you've got a cat then you've got a scratching machine on hand. Cats love to scratch, end of story.

Given this you need a place for them to scratch and sisal is the ideal surface. The best sisal cat scratchers come in tons of shapes and sizes and cats absolutely love them because of their texture.

Scroll on down to find my favorites or pop open the table of contents to find one in specific design.

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The Best Sisal Cat Scratchers

SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post

a tall rectangular cat scratching post covered in sisal

The Pioneer Pet SmartCat Ultimate Scratching post is hands down my favorite cat scratcher on the market.  It has pretty much everything going for it.

It is tall so your cats can fully stretch out. It is stable with the extra large base and the weight it carries. It has sisal all over it and cats love to scratch it. And it comes in at a great price.

Here are a few of the key specs for it so you know exactly what you're getting with it:

  • It measures 32 inches tall which is plenty for even large cats to get a full body stretch/scratch in
  • The post has a large 16" x 16" base for stability and you can easily add weight on it if needed
  • It was super easy to assemble, just screw in the 2 included screws
  • Sisal fabric is wrapped around the post instead of sisal rope, great for cat paw safety
  • It comes in a neutral tone to match with almost any decor
  • The price is excellent, it is usually even cheaper than other high quality posts
"The Pioneer Pet Ultimate Post is an absolute must have for any cat owner. Both Lexi and Beastling use it on a daily basis and they can easily get a full stretch in with it. It has never once tipped over, in fact it barely budges when they use it." -Craig from StuffCatsWant

There is only one item I'd mention about this post for potential buyers:

  • It can slide around on a hardwood floor if you've got an extra large cat, just add small rubber feet to the bottom to stop this

SmartCat Bootsie's Three-in-One Cat Scratcher

a three in one cat scratcher made by Smartcat

If you're looking for versatility in a cat scratcher then Bootsie's has you covered with their three in one system. While the picture shows a standard horizontal scratching post, a closer look reveals more.

On the back of this sisal scratcher you'll find an easy to use mounting system. The system can be  used to directly mount it to a wall or to pretty much anything you'd like. Vertically or horizontally. ​

Mount it wherever your cat scratches or leave it right on the floor on its rubber feet! A few other items worth noting on this model:

  • The front is made of fibrous woven sisal, not sisal rope, perfect for cats to scratch
  • The three in one system provides amazing versatility to you and your cats
  • The rubber feet provide great stability and grip when it is laying on the floor
  • The wall mounting system is super easy, just drill a single screw into a stud and hang it
  • It measures 24.5" in length, 7" in width and about 2" in depth (with the rubber feet)
"Hasselhoff uses it as a combination scratcher and bed. I've left it on the floor with the rubber feet and he scratches it like crazy then when he's done he curls up on top of it for a nap!"

The only additional items I'd call out on this model are:

  • It would be ideal if it had a second mounting hole on the back to secure it more firmly to the wall
  • It is worth noting that this is a one sided scratching post, the back doesn't have sisal on it

4Claws Wall Mounted Sisal Post

a wall mounted scratching post covered in sisal rope

If your cat loves scratching up near the wall then the 4Claws wall mounted post is one of the best in the business. It easily and securely mounts to the wall with two simple screws.

But as an added benefit it isn't a single use item. Once mounted you can easily buy refills and change them out so you don't have to keep purchasing the whole system each time. Go green!

A couple of key items you'll want to note on this option:

  • Super easy to mount on any wall with studs behind it (only mount to drywall with anchors)
  • The post itself measures 18 inches tall and about 2.8 inches in diameter
  • It is perfect for any cat to get a full stretch because you can mount it at any desired height
  • The scratching packs are high quality sisal rope and you can be refills 
  • The frame is made of lightweight and sturdy anodized aluminum so it won't ever rust
  • If you need an extended post you can easily mount two right on top of each other
"Being able to mount the post anywhere was a huge plus for us. Hubby pulled out the stud finder and just drilled the two screws in and we were set to go. Our fluff ball loves it and is scratching daily!"

The only item worth noting on this wall mounted sisal post is:

  • Several other owners have complained about the scratching 'tubes' not having enough rope to completely cover the tube which leaves parts of it open/visible, check yours on arrival

Sisal Sofa Shield Cat Scratching Mat

a sisal scratching mat for cats that protects your sofa

If you've got a cat that is going after your sofa or one of your chairs then this might be the purrrrrfect option for you.  This is basically an extended scratching mat that you can lay half of under a couch cushion.

Once you lay the first half under the cushion the half with the sisal hangs down over the side of the couch for your kitty to scratch. This effectively stops your cat from directly scratching your couch.

A few items worth calling out on this model:

  • The mat is about 51" x 18" and the sisal part is about 20" x 18", tons of scratching space
  • It won't slip, the weight of the cushion keeps the scratching mat in place even with large cats
  • Even for larger cats the size of the mat and the height provide a great scratching surface
  • The gray fabric blends in well to most couch colors, obviously perfect if you have a grey couch
  • You can machine wash and then air dry the mat if it is dirty or gets matted in fur
"My leather couch was absolutely destroyed by my cat in my previous home. When I moved my boyfriend and I got a new couch with slip covers just in case, but after laying this down the side we haven't had a single problem!"

The only unfortunate item worth noting for potential buyers is:

  • The sisal mat isn't replaceable, you have to buy an entire new mat when it is destroyed

SmartCat Door Climber

the smartcat door climber

Want to provide both a place for your cat to look down on you from and a place for them to scratch, buy the SmartCat Door Climber. It is perfect for people who don't have lots of shelves or ledges for their cats.

This mounts to pretty much any standard door around and quickly provides 4 steps for your kitties to climb and a massive sisal wall post at the same time.

A few key items you'll want to know before you make a purchase:

  • It'll fit on virtually any interior door between 79 and 82 inches high, the standard size in the USA
  • It uses a spring loaded bracket system for mounting, no tools required
  • It provides 4 carpeted platforms, each one is is 17" x 8.5" x 1" (L x W x H)
  • It is multi use, great for climbing, sleeping and scratching, an all around play place
  • It can also easily be mounted to a wall if you desire, just drill a couple of holes and screw it in
"My super energetic 14 year old cat has been going up and down this thing like crazy since the minute I hung it to the door. So far so good!"

This is a pretty cool use of this model mounted directly to a wall:

You'll definitely want to be aware of the following before you purchase this climber:

  • The shelves are a little tight for cats to come down, some owners have drilled an extra hole and shifted the shelves out for extra space and easy navigation
  • You should note it won't mount easily to exterior doors with weather seals, you may have to make adjustments to it for it to stay on this type of door

Floating Sisal Rope Cat Post/Step

a rope post designed to stick out as a step, covered in sisal

If you're on the creative side and you want to mix some floating wall posts into the rest of your cat's climbing course then these are the perfect posts for you.

Catastrophic Creations is known for their amazing wall related and climbing related cat equipment. To say the least, they make some amazingly cool stuff and these steps are only scratching the surface.

A few things you'd want to know about them before you get started:

  • Each post is wrapped in sisal rope to make it a scratching surface, but also for gripping
  • The post is about 11 inches long (from the wall out) and is about 4.5 inches in diameter
  • The posts come with all mounting equipment and when mounted in a stud hold up to 62 pounds
  • You can create cool and challenging courses for your cats to keep them entertained
  • These posts can be easily mixed and matched with any other scratching equipment or cat trees
"We started a cat wall to entertain our two young brothers. They needed an energy outlet since we live in a high rise. These have worked wonders as part of our cat wall and the cats scratch on them like crazy too!"

You'll want to consider the following before making a purchase:

  • The screws are a full 2 inches long for stability and the product does require a stud or a solid surface for mounting, drywall anchors are not recommended

The QuickSnap Sisal Scratcher

the quicksnap scratching lounge

Looking for something stylish to match your decor? Do you happen to have a darker wood decor in the house? The QuickSnap Sisal Scratcher from Feline Innovations is the perfect fit for your needs.

This upside down U-Shaped Scratching mat is designed specifically to look great and be totally functional as a scratching surface. On top of this you can easily snap in and out replacement Sisal (carpet and seagrass are also available).

A few key items to note on this model before purchasing:

  • The QuickSnap technology makes putting in new sisal pads as quick as snapping your fingers
  • The dimensions of the product are about 20 inches long and 10 inches wide and high
  • The scratcher can easily support large cats, up to 30 pounds, sitting on top of it
  • There are various other materials available for scratching, sea grass and carpet
"It is a very modern piece of cat furniture. Our cat loves to sleep on top of it and scratch on it too. The hammock is currently being used for toy storage since the cat doesn't sleep in it!"

The only consideration worth noting on the QuickSnap scratching lounge is:

  • The hammock is quite small and can't support anything larger than kittens or small adult cats

The Corner Couch Sisal Scratcher

a sisal scratcher designed to attach over a corner

If your cat is destroying your couch corners then the Corner Couch Sisal Scratcher is going to save the day. It is designed specifically to protect your couch.

Simply choose the right color, there are about nine to choose from, and slide it right under the corner of the couch and voila, your couch is now protected and you've provided an enjoyable scratching surface for your kitty!

This really is the perfect solution for 90 degree corners, and couches are the most common corner type! A few other things worth noting:

  • It is corner-shaped and covered in the industry's finest, premium quality, woven sisal fabric
  • The base is ultra-thin and slides under legs easily anchoring it for stability
  • There are 9 different colors to choose from so you can match it closely to your sofa
  • It measures 24 inches tall and each "side" is 5.5 inches wide, the base is 9 inches long
  • There's also a rounded corner version available in case a 90 degree angle isn't want you need
  • 100% hand made in the USA & it has carpeted backing to protect the couch
"The cats loved it so much that I bought a second one to protect the corner of the couch that they only scratched once in a while! Talk about win win, I love it and so do my little devils!"

The only item worth noting before purchasing is:

  • The base can be a little bit wobbly on carpeted floors, especially high pile squishy carpet

Door Knob Hanging Sisal Scratcher

a scratching pad designed to hang from a doorknob

If you want a scratching post that is super easy to move from room to room and door to door then this is a great option for you. Just loop it over a doorknob and you're good to go!

This product is made using durable sisal rope wrapped tightly around a piece of wood and then stapled at the ends. There are no glues or adhesives used to keep the rope wound around it.

A few other features worth calling out:

  • It measures about 19 inches long and about 5 inches wide
  • It easily hangs on a doorknob anywhere in the house, just be sure to close the door
  • It uses high quality sisal rope that will last for an extended period of scratching
  • It is one of the most affordable options on the market for a sisal scratcher
"My 10 year old cat loves it. He isn't the least bit afraid of it when it swings around, in fact he treats it like a game as he scratches."

You'll definitely want to consider the following before purchase:

  • Many owners have noted that the swinging nature isn't ideal and many cats won't use it after a first try, some have found screwing it directly to a wall or laying it on the floor is far better

SmartyKat Sisal Scratching Mat

a sisal mat with a catnip pouch

If your cat goes after your carpet or rugs in a particular spot then a scratching mat can be a great way to redirect them onto an appropriate surface.

The SmartyKat Sisal based mat is a great option for this. Not only is it made of high quality sisal, it is a solid 18 inches long by 14 inches wide which gives your cats lots of space to scratch!

A few other key items worth noting:

  • This mat is the perfect fit to place over a rug or carpeted area your cat is scraching
  • It is made of durable sisal fabric and includes a catnip pouch to encourage use
  • The catnip pouch is 100% refillable whenever you want to add more, keep Fluffy engaged easily
  • It also comes equipped with a snap in feather toy that your cat will love to bat at
  • There are 2 other shapes available if you don't like a traditional mat: a wave and an incline
"My cats absolutely love these mats. I have four of them spread throughout the house and I occasionally add new catnip to them to keep my 3 ladies entertained!"

You'll want to be aware of the following before making a purchase:

  • Large cats will probably not love these mats as they are on the smaller side for scratching

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