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The Best Cheap Cat Scratching Post

We already introduced you to some amazing scratching posts, but we know there is plenty of choices out there, and if you cannot afford those quality (yet expensive!) scratching posts, you might be interested in those cheap ones ($5-20)! Of course, you get what you pay for, but let’s clarify something, cheap does not mean bad quality. It just means different materials and a more straightforward design. Our selection is intended to give you the best overview of these efficient and straightforward scratching posts. Let us help you find the best cheap cat scratching post!

Your cat needs a scratching post

Alright, we covered why your cat needs to have a scratching post in our first article about scratching posts. You can find more details there but here is a quick summary of why your cat needs a scratching post :

  • To remove old nail sheaths from the claws
  • To stretch and exercise
  • To mark their territory
  • To relieve stress and frustration
  • To show off their awesomeness 

Let’s not forget it gives your cat something else than your nice furniture to scratch on 🙂

How we selected the best cheap cat scratching post

Regardless of its price, a good cat scratching post should have some essential features. Here are the key points we looked for while selecting the best cheap cat scratching post for our kitty.

Good Size

Look for the right size while selecting the cat scratching post so your kitty can fully stretch it. Choose it according to your felines size and living space. If you have two cats, then we advise you to go with a large cat scratching post.

Quality Material

Make sure the material of the cat scratching post is reliable, and your cat enjoys playing with it. Else your kitty is likely to ignore the post and play with your furniture and belongings.

Great Stability

Cats scratching post comes in different styles and sizes. It is better to choose one that fits your cat’s type, size, and weight. The post should be moderate in weight and stable in nature.

Keeping the above points in mind, we choose our featured posts. They are listed below.

Catit Style Scratcher, Jungle-Stripe Lounge (<$10)

Cheap scratching post catit Style Scratcher with CatnipA simple and beautiful scratching post made of a corrugated scratching surface (cardboard). It is two-sided, so you can use any side you prefer and turn it around when it’s worn out.

We tested the jungle stripe lounge, but it also comes in 2 other designs/shapes depending on what you like best: the animal print s-chaise, and the urban bench. This variety is really enjoyable as everyone has different tastes. It’s efficient, and your cat’s going to love it. The shape is simple, and it does the job.

Why we like it: simple, cheap and efficient

Tip: buy two to make a giant lounge/scratching post, for $8 it’s a pretty good deal for a vast and nice scratching post.


Catit Scratcher with Catnip(<$5)

Catit scratcher with catnipWe hesitated with the Kong incline scratcher, but it’s more expensive and doesn’t last as long. We think there is no need to pay more for something that’s not better. This one is the simplest cat scratching post you will ever find. If you are looking for the cheapest, this will be it!

Of course, it will last shorter than others because it’s only cardboard after all. More than 90% of customers are happy with their purchase. As long as you know that you get what you pay for, you will be satisfied, and your cat will be happy to scratch on it.

Although they do look like scratchers, they are flat, so they don’t take a massive space and are therefore pretty discrete. They also include catnip.

Why we like it: simple and efficient as a starter

Omega Paw Ripple Board Scratch’n Massage Bed (<$15)

cheap cat scratching post Omega Paw Ripple Board3 in 1! It’s the only one of our selection that offers these types of features, which is why we think it deserves to be in this best cheap scratching post-selection.

  • Scratching pad
  • Massaging pad
  • Sleeping surface

Well, we like it mostly for the two first functionalities as the 3rd one can typically apply to almost any scratcher present in our selection.

The design is pretty neat, and the shark bite looking neck scratcher looks awesome 🙂 It’s just a detail, but the design is very helpful for a cheap scratching post.

Why we like it: all-inclusive design your cat will love

Bergan Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher (<$15)

Bergan star chaser turbo scratcher

It’s hip and trendy, and it’s darn efficient. This scratching post has been on the market for a while now, so it has proved its usefulness. The cool thing about this is that you can double your cat entertainment.

It’s made out of a plastic base with a railing that fits a small ball and a replaceable scratching pad at the center. Once your cat figures out how to push the ball in the rail designed explicitly for this purpose, he will not stop playing 🙂 This object will become his best friend!

The scratching pad has two sides, so you can turn it around once one is worn out! They are replaceable and pretty cheap as you can get a two-pack for less than six bucks! Definitely a money saver!!

Why we like it: Small and durable, extra fun for your cat, cheap replaceable pads

Tip: Try not to place this scratching post next to your bedroom or do not forget to take the ball out 🙂


Cat Scratcher From the Meow Mommy (<$20)

Cat scratcher from the meow mommyLet’s face it; this one is the best cheap cat scratching post. It is the most expensive too, but there is a good reason for that… For less than 20 bucks, you get an amazing scratching post with a pretty cool design that offers more than its competitors :

  • It fits every cat, no matter the size
  • It’s thicker and denser than the other scratching posts presented here, so it lasts longer (3″ high)
  • You can choose between a flat or curved surface (just turn it around when one side is worn out)
  • It’s environment friendly and 100% recyclable.
  • The company also trusts its product very much as if you are not fully satisfied, you get your money back guaranteed!

These are just product specifications, but if you truly want to know what this scratching post is all about, click on the picture and check out the outstanding reviews on Amazon! Not sure you will want to get another one after that.

Why we like it: it has everything and is environmental friendly!!!!


4CLAWS Curve Scratching Pad(<$20)

This is a pretty cool cat scratching pad made of premium pressed cardboard, a dense and durable material. It costs just 20$ and comes in a flexible and unique curve style. Here the reasons why you should buy it:

  • It is flexible and comfortable for your kitty
  • Moderately large (10 inches) and ideal for cats of all shapes and sizes
  • Made from recyclable material, hence environment friendly too

Along with impressive specs, this scratching post is also a top-rated product on Amazon.

Why we like it: Good design, reasonable pricing, and environment-friendly product.

Cheap cat scratching post, our conclusion

We presented you with a selection of the best cheap cat scratching post. Though they are more affordable, they can be extremely useful if you don’t want to spend too much on this kind of object. There is so much choice on Amazon and other websites that it can be soooo tricky to decide on which one to buy. At least here, you have an outstanding selection (we’d like to think so 🙂 ) that has been approved by thousands of customers. We hope you like it, and we thank you for following us here at Fluffy Kitty!

If you are a handyman/woman, you might want to try to make your own scratching post/board. We just recently created this DIY cat scratcher project just for you!


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