We are thrilled with our M.A.X. Butterfly Scratcher that we received, for free, to review, from Cat Claws!
The M.A.X. Butterfly Scratcher is just a pretty as the real thing, but made sturdy for some serious scratching and relaxing!
M.A.X. Cat Scratchers are better than other scratching posts because:
- M.A.X. Cat Scratchers provide a place to scratch, sleep and play.
- M.A.X. Cat Scratchers come in hundreds of fun shapes, designs and colors!
- M.A.X. Cat Scratchers come with our 100% pure Cat Claws Naturally Nip Catnip for safe, natural kitty fun!
- M.A.X. Cat Scratchers allow for visual scratch marking, a big reason why cats need to scratch.
- Cats will stop scratching your furniture and scratch the M.A.X. Cat Scratcher – They guarantee it!
Harley doesn’t have front claws, so he doesn’t really use scratchers, but he LOVES the catnip that was included. Oliver and Jewel have all their claws and often use various types of scratchers. Jewel was about 3 when we rescued her, and thankfully she never scratched any furniture.
Oliver we took in as a stray, so we had to teach him some manners. It took a while, and we had to use clear packing tape on the edge of our couches, but he finally got the hang of what he was allowed to scratch, and what was a no-no. Oliver usually prefers carpeted or sisal rope scratchers, but will occasionally use corrugated cardboard ones. Jewel uses the corrugated cardboard scratchers almost exclusively.
The DeClawing Controversy
I know cat declawing can be a controversial subject in many homes, and I will say that we are against it with the exception given to certain, limited circumstances. There are so many types of products out there from nail covers, to special tapes, to all kinds of furniture that can help. There products are available at various price points to fit every budget. Our vet trims our cats nails for $5, or for free if they are under anesthesia (like for a teeth cleaning). Oliver didn’t trust me to cut his nails for a long time, in fact, it probably took about two years. Now I check his nails fairly regularly to see if they need trimmed. Jewel trusted me almost right away with cutting her nails. We understand that scratching is part of a cats instinct, and we wouldn’t want to take that away from our cats.
…As part of their daily rituals, cats instinctually pull the claws on their front paws through surfaces that offer resistance. They do this to mark their territory, exercise muscles normally used in hunting, relieve stress and remove worn sheaths from their nails…
…A variety of alternatives exist to manage natural scratching behavior and to prevent injury from cat scratches. These include having a cat’s nails trimmed regularly in order to blunt the tips, providing scratching pads, posts and other appealing structures for the cat to use and employing behavior modification techniques to induce the cat to use them… – From ASPCA’s Position Statement on Declawing Cats
What our Cats Thought
We have had the M.A.X. Butterfly Scratcher about a week, and Oliver and Jewel each use it every day! Usually as soon as one scratches, the other will want to use it to put their scent on it as soon as the first cat is done!
Oliver REALLY likes the 100% pure Cat Claws Naturally Nip Catnip that was included with the scratcher! We often hear him pushing the scratcher around the living room as he rolls around on, and around it!
History of Cat Claws, Inc.
Cat Claws was founded in the mid 1980’s by Bill and Gale Seliskar. Bill owned a corrugated box company, and they noticed that their cats loved to scratch on the samples he would bring home. With that, the Cat Claws Scratching Pad was born. Selling their single product through newspaper and magazine ads, they soon expanded into a catalog of unique cat products sold from a warehouse in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1993, Bill and Gale moved their company to Morrilton, Arkansas to be closer to family. Since then, Cat Claws has continued to expand their line of hard-to-find cat products. The secret to their success is the top-quality certified organic catnip used in all of their products – cats love it, and it keeps their owners coming back for more.
If you are looking for more info about declawing your cats, I urge you to read The Dreaded Declaw: A Veterinarian’s Perspective. It is a short post and it explains in what situations this particular vet will do a declaw.
Me, Him and the Cats received a M.A.X. Butterfly Scratcher for free for review purposes, from Cat Claws. All opinions are our own.