Discover the Healthy Benefits of Intergrooved Wood
Do you know why cats scratch?
Cats scratch in order to remove the outer layer of their nails. It's a normal and natural behavior, and it is important for their overall health.
Much like the layers in an onion, cats' claws are made of a series of layers that continually regenerate. As new layers emerge, the older layers must be shed, causing cats to seek out materials that will aid in this process by providing gentle resistance to the nail.
Scratching also serves another purpose. On the base of the cat's paw are scent glands. When cats scratch those scent glands "mark" the material, effectively allowing the cat to claim it. This is why cats frequently return to the same place to scratch and why you'll often see two cats compete over the same scratching surface.
What materials are best for scratching?
It should come as no surprise that wild cats choose tree trunks as their preferred scratching surface, and it's not because carpeting isn't an option. Tree bark is tactically pleasing with it's rough yet soft texture, and it provides soft resistance to the cat's claws.
Carpeting and sisal mimic the textures found in the wild, but they fail to meet all of the cat's scratching needs. Thus, it is not unusual for cats to seek out other surfaces including door frames and furniture legs.
Intergrooved Wood was designed to meet the specific needs of cats when it comes to scratching. It provides perfect resistance to the claw. The wedge-shaped divots follow the contour of a cat's nail, allowing the nail surface to fully embed in the soft wood. The texture of the patterned wood is pleasing to the cat, offering both a soft surface for the claw to dig into and a porous material for their scent to easily absorb.
Try an Intergrooved Wood scratching post today. We guarantee your cat will love it!