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7 Best Scratching Post for Maine Coon Cats in 2022 – Reviews & Top Picks


Maine Coon cats are well-known for their playful personalities and large size. Maine Coons have muscular bodies, large paws, and can weigh more than the average feline. Female Maine Coons typically weigh between 9 and 12 pounds, while male Maine Coons can weigh up to 18 pounds. Their height and weight mean that a very sturdy scratching post is needed for the scratch-happy Maine Coon. Sturdiness, height, and quality fabric are all qualities to look for when choosing a scratching post for a Maine Coon Cat. Here are some of our reviews of scratching posts to help you decide what post is best for your belove Maine Coon.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites of 2022

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Hepper Hi-Lo Scratcher Hepper Hi-Lo Scratcher
  • Feature iconMultiple positions
  • Feature iconSturdy
  • Feature iconDesign encourages stretching
  • Best Value
    Second place
    SmartCat Cat Scratching Post SmartCat Cat Scratching Post
  • Feature iconTall
  • Feature iconSturdy Base
  • Feature iconHolds up to 30 pounds
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Petique Chateau Cat Scratcher Petique Chateau Cat Scratcher
  • Feature iconMultiple scratching surfaces
  • Feature iconEasy to move
  • Feature iconLightweight but sturdy
  • Best for Kittens
    SmartyKat Incline Cat Scratcher SmartyKat Incline Cat Scratcher
  • Feature iconPerfect size for kittens
  • Feature iconSisal surface
  • Feature iconCatnip included
  • Best Budget Buy
    SmartyKat Scratcher with Catnip SmartyKat Scratcher with Catnip
  • Feature iconSaves space
  • Feature iconCheap
  • Feature iconCatnip infused
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    The 7 Best Scratching Posts for Maine Coon Cats

    1. Hepper Hi-Lo Scratcher – Best Overall

    Hepper Hi-lo Cat Scratcher

    Material: Cardboard, Alloy Steel
    Dimensions: 21”L x 12”W x 24”H
    Weight: 5 pounds

    The Hepper Hi-Lo Scratches is our best overall scratching post for Maine Coon cats. The modern design of this scratching post allows for it to be set up at 5 different angles, so your cat never gets bored. The 3-inch cardboard body has white sides and is attached to metal legs that have a rubber anti-slip grip. Rotating the cat scratcher allows cats to stretch while using this Hi-Lo scratching post. To extend the life of the laminated cardboard, rotate the scratcher to another Hi-Lo position when your cat has started to wear down one section.

    Some Maine Coons have a deep love of cardboard and may scratch this post into small pieces more quickly than other cats. Make sure to frequently rotate the Hepper Hi-Lo Scratcher to get the best value out of this modern scratching post.

    • Multiple positions
    • Sturdy
    • Design encourages stretching
    • Enthusiastic scratchers may shred it quickly
    • No cardboard replacements
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    2. SmartCat The Ultimate 32-in Sisal Cat Scratching Post – Best Value

    SmartCat The Ultimate Sisal Scratching Post

    Material: Engineered Wood, Sisal
    Dimensions: 16”L x 16”W x 32”H
    Weight: 16 pounds

    The SmartCat Ultimate 32-in Sisal Cat Scratching Post is the best value for the money. This scratching post has a 32-inch height that sits on a 16-inch by 16-inch square base that keeps the post steady. The free-standing design holds pets up to 30 pounds so your Maine Coon should have no problem using this scratching post. The height of this post allows your Maine Coon to scratch the sisal surface without catching their claws while stretching their long bodies at the same time.

    It comes in two neutral colors- beige and gray to match any home décor and it is easy to assemble. Some cats may be uncertain about it because it’s covered in a sisal mat instead of a rope wrapped around the structure.

    • Tall
    • Sturdy Base
    • Holds up to 30 pounds
    • Mat surface instead of rope
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    3. Petique Feline Chateau Cat Scratcher Toy – Premium Choice

    Petique Chateau Cat Scratcher Toy

    Material: Cardboard
    Dimensions: 75”L x 21.25”W x 43”H
    Weight: 12.6 pounds

    The Petique Feline Chateau Cat Scratcher is the premium choice cat scratcher on our list. Made from recycled and non-toxic cardboard, the whole structure is one giant scratching post for your Maine Coon. The design of this cardboard cat scratcher is sturdy, but the structure is lightweight enough for you to move it around easily. It has several levels to climb so multiple cats can use the scratchboards situated through the structure or just take a nap while the other cats’ play.

    Assembly is required so be prepared to spend some time putting the cardboard pieces together. You can’t buy replacement scratching pads for this structure but there are multiple scratching pads for your cat to enjoy.

    • Multiple scratching surfaces
    • Easy to move
    • Lightweight but sturdy
    • No replacement parts available
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    4. SmartyKat Sisal Angle Scratch with Catnip Incline Cat Scratcher – Best for Kittens

    SmartyKat Sisal Cat Scratcher

    Material: Sisal
    Dimensions: 15.25”L x 7”W x 7”H
    Weight: 1.34 pounds

    If you’re looking for the best cat scratcher for your Maine Coon kitten, the SmartyKat Sisal Angle Scratch with Catnip Incline Cat Scratcher is your best bet. This cat scratcher has a stable wooden base and a sisal surface that withstand vigorous kitten scratching. It comes with catnip to attract your Maine Coon kitten and encourage it to use the scratcher. The incline of this scratcher allows for your kitten to stretch as it scratches the surface and becomes familiar with the scratching post.

    This is sturdy for kittens but is too lightweight for larger cats. It is on the smaller side so any older cats in the home will likely knock it over if they try to use it.

    • Perfect size for kittens
    • Sisal surface
    • Catnip included
    • Not for large cats
    • Lightweight
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    5. SmartyKat Scratch Up Hanging Cat Scratcher with Catnip- Best Budget Buy

    SmartyKat Scratch Up Hanging Cat Scratcher with Catnip

    Material: Cardboard
    Dimensions: 20.25”L x 5.33” W x 7”H
    Weight: .18 pounds

    The Smarty Kat Scratch Up Hanging Cat Scratcher is our best budget buy of these reviews. This hanging cat scratcher is made of durable cardboard and can be hung from any doorknob within your home. It is infused with catnip to encourage your Maine Coon to attack the scratcher with its claws instead of your furniture. Hanging the scratcher from our doorknob also encourages stretching, muscle toning, nail growth, and helps to alleviate any stress your pet might be feeling.  The best part of this cat scratcher is that it is ideal for small spaces as it doesn’t take up a large part of your living space.

    The Smarty Kat Scratch Up Hanging Cat Scratcher may end up being too high on the doorknob if your Maine Coon is on the shorter side. It is also made of cardboard so be prepared to clean up bits of paper from your floor after your cat uses it.

    • Saves space
    • Cheap
    • Catnip infused
    • Could be too short for some cats
    • Messy cleanup
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    6. PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching Post- Best Multi-sided

    PetFusion Vertical Cat Scratching Post

    Material: Cardboard
    Dimensions:  24”L x 10.5” W x 21.2”H
    Weight: 7.98 pounds

    The PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching Post is the best multi-sided scratching post on our list. The vertically curved design is attractive to Maine Coon cats as it allows stretching and scratching all at the same time. This cat scratcher is made of recycled, eco-friendly cardboard and non-toxic glue made from cornstarch. The design features a cubby hole in the middle for your feline to curl up in when they are done playing. The dense, recyclable cardboard has silicone floor grippers to help keep this scratcher steady as your cat scratches it. It also comes with catnip to help encourage your cat to play and scratch with this vertical scratcher.

    No assembly is required- just pull it from the box and let your cat go to town! The scratcher can be rotated to get the best life out of the cardboard scratcher. The company does not currently offer replacement parts.

    • Three sides for scratching
    • Silicone floor grippers
    • Middle cubby hole
    • No replacement parts
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    7. PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge Toy with Catnip- Best for Loungers

    PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge

    Material: Cardboard
    Dimensions: 34”L x 10.5” W x 10.5”H
    Weight: 7.98 pounds

    If your Maine Coon likes to take lounging breaks while it’s scratching, then the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge Toy with Catnip is the best option for your cat. The curved, modern design of this cat scratcher is also ergonomic for your cat as it cradles your kitty while it naps. This scratcher is dual-sided so when your cat starts to wear down one side, you can simply flip it over so your cat can continue scratching. The Ultimate at Scratcher Lounge Toy is made of ultra-dense, recycled cardboard and non-toxic cornstarch glue. This cat scratcher also comes in three colors, so you’ll be able to find one to match your home décor.

    The PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge Toy with Catnip is made of cardboard so there will be some mess as your cat scratches away at it. It is also very large so it might now work in a small apartment.

    • Ergonomic
    • Lounger
    • Recyclable
    • Large
    • No replacement parts available

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    Buyer’s Guide: Selecting The Best Scratching Post for Maine Coon Cats

    Scratching posts and their surfaces are very important for the nail growth of your Maine Coon cat. Cats have an outer layer to their claws that must be periodically shed to help reveal new claws underneath. Cats scratch at surfaces that catch their claws to help them shed this outer layer and keep their nails sharp (although anyone who has ever had a cat digs its claws into their lap may wonder at the wisdom of encouraging this behavior). Cats also use scratching posts to stretch and tone their muscles, as well as marking their territory because the scent that is released from their paws as they scratch lets other cats known they’re in your cat’s territory.

    Now that we’ve covered why your Maine Coon likes to scratch, we’re going to talk about a few things to consider before purchasing a new cat scratcher.

    Vertical or Horizontal

    One of the first things you should consider before buying a cat scratcher post is whether your Maine Coon is a vertical or horizontal scratcher. If your cat prefers to reach upward to scratch (your couch may be able to speak to you as to whether your cat likes to scratch vertically), you should look into purchasing a vertical scratching post. If your cat is a horizontal scratcher, you should purchase something that lays along the floor, or has many flat surfaces of your pet to scratch.


    Some Maine Coons love to scratch at scratch posts made of sisal material while others prefer cardboard surfaces. If you already know what surface your cat likes, you’re all set. If you’re uncertain, you might want to purchase a couple of the cheaper options on this list to see which your cat is drawn to before you purchase a more expensive scratching post.

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    Searching for a cat scratching post can be intimidating with so many options on the market. The Hepper Hi-Lo Scratcher is our best overall pick because it offers 5 different angles for your cat to scratch. If you’re looking for the best value, the SmartCat Ultimate 32-in Sisal Cat Scratching Post offers you the tallest scratching post on our list for the best price. Our premium choice is the Petique Feline Chateau Cat Scratcher Toy because it has multiple cardboard scratching surfaces for your furry friends. It can be difficult to determine what the best scratching post option is for your Maine Coon cat, but we hope our reviews make your purchase a little bit easier.

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