SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post Review

SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post


Attractive Appearance






Quality Material





  • Very Tall
  • Extremely Stable
  • Attractive
  • Not Messy


  • Can't be flipped when top portion wears out
  • Takes time for some cats to warm up to it


The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post is our overall top-rated cat scratcher. This scratching post has it all – Good Looks, Superb Functionality, Longevity, and it doesn’t make a mess!

Description / Specifications

The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post is one of the tallest scratching posts on the market at 32 inches high. The 6 inch square scratching post offers 4 large surfaces to scratch and climb. The top and base are made of furniture quality pressed wood. And the scratching post is made of woven sisal fiber.

Top Dimensions: 7” x 7”

Base Dimensions: 16” x 16”

Post Height: 32 inches

Post Width: 6 inches

Weight: 17.6 pounds


The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post blends in very well with most furniture. The wooden accents and the light beige sisal carpet are much more attractive than your standard scratching post.


Assembly is very easy. The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post is virtually maintenance-free for the life of the product. The woven sisal holds up much better than sisal rope. Even when this scratcher gets worn, it doesn’t shed pieces of sisal all over the place. Our only complaint is that the post can’t be flipped once the top section gets worn out.


The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post has been the go-to cat scratcher in a house of rowdy Savannah cats. The height is perfect even for large cats to stretch on. The stability is excellent. Even with one cat climbing it and another scratching it, there’s almost no wobble. The top is large enough that one of my cats routinely uses it as a perch.


Quality / Longevity

The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post is made of high quality, extremely durable, woven sisal fiber. This scratching post has outlived several inferior cat scratchers and shows minimal signs of wear. In a multi-cat home of vigorous scratchers, we expect The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post to last over 5 years. That makes it the longest lasting cat scratcher we’ve seen on the market.



  • Attractive design
  • Very durable
  • Excellent height and stability
  • Quality materials


  • Can’t be flipped
  • May take time for cats to start using
  • Only 1 color option


The SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post costs between $40 and $50. We think this is a very reasonable price for the level of quality and the longevity. If ours ever wears out, we won’t hesitate to replace it with another.


SmartCat recently introduced the SmartCat Perch which is specially designed to fit on top of the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post. The SmartCat Perch measures 12.5″ x 14″. It consists of a wooden platform with a washable quilted pad on top. The pad is attached to the wooden platform with velcro straps. The entire perch slides onto the top of the SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post and is secured by two tabs that fold down.

As you can see from the picture, Max approves of his new SmartCat Perch.

Original Post Date: 8/21/16

Updated: 1/18/18