Our beloved Siamese, Brutus (Boo, for short) and T-Rex (Rexy, for short), have worn out their cardboard scratching post. They loved it to near death; maybe it’s the catnip I sprinkle on the corrugated cardboard that makes it so lovable.
Today I had to make a cat food run to our local pet supply superstore. My first mistake was short cutting down the scratching post aisle. My second mistake was stopping to check out the sheer variety of scratching posts available for our boys. And my third mistake was bringing home a new post, but in my defense the old one is pretty grody.
Now Boo and Rexy have a terrific scratching post. It has three different levels, places to lounge out and rope-covered verticals to scratch on. They love that condo-sized scratching post. But I found it tough to sprinkle catnip on it without the ‘nip flying all over the place once Rex and Boo started to partake. I mean, if you have cats you know how they get when it comes to having a little ‘nip; they get messy. Okay, they get sloppy. And a bit drool-y. And sometimes a bit fierce. It’s all part and parcel of partaking in a little ‘nip, but it also means catnip kinda flies around the room.
The cardboard scratching post basically inhales the ‘nip into its cardboard corrugations and is much neater. That’s why I bought one years ago. And that’s why I passed up all the other fancy cat scratching posts in the superstore and brought home the same kind we already had.
Once I put the new post onto the kitchen island to remove the plastic and all Boo and Rexy were on it like it was a fresh cooked chicken. They sniffed it. They pawed it. They gave it a few test scratches. Then they sat and waited. In their well-trained cat minds they knew, just knew that where there is a cardboard scratching post, there is ‘nip. They were right.