Need to know if there is a way of making my cat tree/s last longer than 2 months. I did not buy the most expensive one, at £30, but it all but worn away by kitty enjoying her scratching sessions.

Do I need to spend more? or is sisal just sisal regardless of price? I have already trimmed off the shag, the sisal that sticks out that kitty's scratchings have caused, and now comes the time to replace it.


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Having purchased many cat trees, and even made a few, I believe the durability depends on the thickness of the sisal rope. So you can either repair the tree with a thicker rope, or purchase a new one made with thicker rope. If you decide to repair it, or make a new one, see the link James suggested What are safe materials for repairing a scratching post?.

While carpet is an option, as keshlam suggested, I suggest sticking with sisal for two reasons: 1) your cat is obviously happy with it, and 2) carpet can have glues and other chemicals that aren't necessarily cat-safe. I wouldn't be worried about carpet that the cat mostly just lies on, but if the carpet is going to be scratched to bits, those bits are more likely to stick to fur and be ingested during grooming. But if you do decide to go with carpet, I suggest turning it around so that the backing is what the cat scratches rather than the pile. It will last longer that way.

  • how do I safely secure the new sisal onto the old? worried about glue poisoning or iron nails getting scratched at by mistake? thank you.
    – Joe
    Jul 23, 2016 at 8:53
  • I used a glue gun, with glue that was labeled non-toxic. However, I also keep an eye on the tree, and would replace the rope if it was becoming excessively frayed. But it was a nice thick rope, and likely could withstand decades of cat scratching.
    – mhwombat
    Jul 24, 2016 at 17:21

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