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I'd always wanted to try one of these scratchers, but when Soth was sick, he would often pee on cardboard instead of in his litter box, so it seemed like a silly purchase. Now that Soth is healthy again, we could finally try one out.
OurPets offers a few different styles of scratchers, but Soth likes to scratch at an angle, so we went with the Alpine Climb version. The first thing I noticed is that it is some assembly required.
The back of the packaging gave clear instructions and even if it hadn't, the assembly was really easy: open the box, fold in some flaps, and close it like a shoe box. Rye thought that I needed supervision anyway.
Once the base was assembled, all that was left was peeling off the double-sided table, sticking the scratcher to it, and sprinkling some of the catnip that came with it on top.
Soth was skeptical at first.
And to be honest, so was I. I don't know what I expected, but I wasn't expecting a seemingly flimsy base. Soth is a chunky monkey, so I was not sure that this was going to hold him.
Since Soth wasn't too excited about climbing onto the scratcher, I decided we'd test out the little hole in the bottom. I tossed a hair tie inside and that did the trick. Soth was sold on the scratcher.
It wasn't long before he was jumping on it and tossing hair ties on it and in it all by himself.
The one thing I haven't seen Soth do much of is actually scratch on this. We've had this out for the last week and he's regularly lounging on it.
I've only caught him in action once, but from the look of the scratching pad, he's been using it quite a bit.
Now that he's had a few days to get used to the scratcher, Soth really seems to like this product. There's really only one complaint that I have--if I don't have it pushed up against the wall where it butts up against the air vent, it slides across the floor. That's a small thing, though, compared to how much time Soth spends relaxing on the scratcher.
Another feature I really like is that the scratcher part is reversible, so you can take it out and switch it to a brand new side. Since Soth only seems to be scratching at the top, I think I could probably take it out, switch the top side around so the unused bottom part is at the top and we'll get lots of use out of the scratcher. These scratchers are reasonably priced, too, so when the whole scratcher gets used up, it will be easy to replace. We might even try one of the other styles, too!
Disclaimer: We received one OurPets Alpine Climb Cat Scratcher from Chewy.com as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program in exchange for our honest review.