By Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, D.V.M., Medical Director for Animal Care & Control of New York City
You should provide your cat with several different scratching options to see which he likes best. Good surfaces to start with include cardboard, sisal rope, wood, and upholstery or carpet, and you should present them in a variety of formats. As mentioned earlier, most cats prefer vertical posts but others prefer horizontal posts and still others favor slanted posts.
Provide as many scratching posts around your home as you can. If you can only have one or two, the best places to strategically locate these would be in areas where your cat spends most of his time and wherever he is currently scratching inappropriately (if that’s the case). Once you have determined what you cat’s favorite scratching post is, provide more of these posts in various locations.