Scratching Barrels

A scratching barrel makes a great addition to your cat's environment. These barrel-shaped scratching posts have hideaways and den areas as well as a large area of scratching surface for your cat to manage its claws. Scratching barrels with a number of dens work well in multi-cat households and are available in different sizes and colours. These scratch barrels are a great place for your cat to play and relax, without using your furnishings and curtains as scratch pads, so it’s a win-win situation for both you and your cat!

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Medium-sized scratching barrel with removable snuggle bed, 3 dens, high-quality & robust natural sisal, offers lots of ways to play and relax, dimensions: 85 x 39cm (H x Ø)

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Tunnel-shaped den for cats, soft Oeko-Tex® cushion inside, natural sisal for scratching, large area ideal for sharpening claws, tunnel made from stable wood, already assembled, colour: cream

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41 x 30.5 x 32.5 cm (L x W x H)
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Medium-sized scratching barrel with removable snuggle bed, 3 dens, high-quality & robust natural sisal, offers lots of ways to play and relax, dimensions: 85 x 39cm (H x Ø)

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Sturdy scratching barrel with robust sisal matting and large real-wood platforms from sustainable forestry, with 3 artificial-felt-lined dens to hide in and a large cuddly bed.

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 £109.99
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Stylish piece of scratching furniture for small cats, with a large scratching surface, two dens and lookout platform, thick Oeko-Tex®-certified cushions, birch wood from sustainable forestry, height: 76cm

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Sturdy scratching barrel with robust sisal matting and large real-wood platforms from sustainable forestry, Oeko-Tex® certified, with 3 artificial felt-lined dens to hide in and a large cuddly bed.

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 £70.39
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A stable cat tower for cats with 3 levels, ideal for multi-cat households. With multiple dens and a large scratching surface. No assembly required. Dimensions: 100 x 48 x 48 cm (H x L x W)

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Elegant scratching barrel for cats, ideal for heavier cats or multi-cat households and with 3 separate dens and a cuddly bed, with diagonal entrances and large scratching surface, Oeko-Tex® certified .

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 £91.99
Cream
£91.99

Medium-sized scratching barrel with removable snuggle bed, 3 dens, high-quality & robust natural sisal, offers lots of ways to play and relax, dimensions: 85 x 39cm (H x Ø)

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Scratching barrel with a large, diagonal opening and a trendy design, removable snuggle bed, machine washable, robust sisal for scratching, dimensions: 75 x 36cm (H x Ø) 

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A premium, foldable cat tower, with a sisal scratching mat on the side and a soft sheepskin plush bed at the top! The perfect place for your cat to chill out. Dimensions: 39 x 39 x 77 cm (L x W x H).

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Cat tower is coated in sisal & woven material, with a cosy hideaway den on two levels & a lookout platform, ideal for climbing, sharpening claws, cuddling up & dozing.  Dimensions: H 78 x L38 x W 38cm

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Large scratching barrel covered with high-quality, durable sisal for your cat to sharpen its claws, with 3 dens, lookout platform with snuggle bed, removable & washable, dimensions: 97 x 45cm (H x Ø)

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Large scratching barrel covered with high-quality, durable sisal for your cat to sharpen its claws, with 3 dens, lookout platform with snuggle bed, removable & washable, dimensions: 97 x 45cm (H x Ø)

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Sturdy scratching barrel with robust sisal matting and large real-wood platforms from sustainable forestry, with 3 artificial-felt-lined dens to hide in and a large cuddly bed.

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A cuboid scratching barrel made from stable real wood and with robust scratching mats made from natural sisal, with a spacious den & cosy cuddle bed with high border, which can be removed for washing.

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Scratching barrels for cats

Does your cat scratch furniture, carpets or doorframes? This behaviour is normal, but of course irritating for you. Scratching barrels offer a solution to the problem that meets a cat's needs. These are barrels with two or three entrance holes and corresponding levels, which may be connected or separated. Whilst the interior provides a place to play and hide, the exterior offers cats a large surface to scratch and sharpen their claws to their heart's content.

What makes a good scratching barrel?

Good scratching barrels have to be the right size. Cats love stretching out properly when scratching. The height is sufficient if cats can't touch the upper edge of the barrel from the ground without jumping. The texture of the scratching surface is also important and is made of sisal on many scratching barrels. These are resistant natural fibres made from agave leaves. The barrel should feel soft and fluffy on the inside. Plush-lined barrels meet this quality criterium. Cat barrels can be fitted with removable cushions, which is beneficial in terms of hygiene. If play mice or balls are included in the delivery, cats have an additional incentive to engage with the scratching barrel.

The right choice: Scratching barrel or cat tree?

Scratching barrels and trees should prevent cats from scratching furniture and walls. Cat trees are generally more expensive and give cats more opportunities to climb, although there often isn't enough space for one in smaller apartments. Here more compactly built barrels with a typical diameter of 35 to 40cm are advantageous. You can also put a cat tree in a bigger room and a scratching barrel in the kitchen or a smaller room. In this way, you can combine the benefits of both products in your home.

What is the difference between scratching barrels, boards and posts?

Scratching barrels give cats the chance to scratch and a hiding place at the same time. Some models also have an upper platform so that cats can also use it as an elevated resting place with a good view of their surroundings. There isn't an option to stay inside scratching boards or posts – they are solely for sharpening the claws. There are scratching boards and posts with baseplates as well as versions for hanging on the wall, which require very little space.

What makes a scratching barrel stable?

Ideally, scratching barrels are stable simply from their own weight. Stability depends primarily on the material and strength of the baseplate. Many reach between 9kg and 13kg in weight, although there are also heavier models weighing more than 30kg. If scratching barrels prove to be too light in practice, they can be fixed to a baseplate, which should be both heavy and much wider than the barrel. Although it's possible in principle to attach scratching barrels directly to the wall, this then blocks part of the barrel.