The best materials for your cat tree

The best materials for your cat tree

Choose the best materials for your cat tree

There are many things to consider before you buy a scratching piece of furniture. The question we get most is “which material is best for your Rebel?” Let’s be very clear, when a cat wants to break something, he will break it eventually. No matter how strong the material is. But of course some materials are stronger than others.

So everybody understands that when you use a lightweight plush it will break faster than heavy plush (>500 grams).All cats are different (like humans) and will eventually have their own preference about what they prefer to scratch their claws on.

There are several types of scratching materials you will find when looking for a scratching post. There are posts covered with sisal, sisal carpet, plush, water hyacinth and paperrope.Here you will find the pros and cons to make it a little easier for you!

Sisal Posts

Durability: Sisal is a natural product and is made from plant fibres. Sisal is a natural and sustainable product. It takes a lot of effort for your cat to break it. As a result, your cat tree will be beautiful much longer.

Affordability: Sisal is not cheap. This is because the raw material is expensive and wrapping the rope also takes a lot of time. Nevertheless, we are convinced that the much higher durability of sisal more than compensates for this price difference.

Appearance: Of course there is no arguing about taste, but the Petrebels scratching posts are the most beautiful ones you will find in the market in terms of colour and design. Petrebels designs all models in house and we follow the trends worldwide on a daily basis. The materials and parts used, such as the play ropes, the upholstery and the sisal, are perfectly matched by our design department. And in our opinion sisal is just a bit more chic than carpet or plush logs.

Attractiveness for your cat: only your cat friends can decide what appeals to them more, but in any case, we always see our Rebels very happy with their Sisal scratching posts!

Sisal carpet posts

Durability: Of course there are different quality classes of carpet. But remember that carpet will always be destroyed sooner than sisal. This is due to the weaving, cats have more grip to put their nails between the threads of carpet.

Affordability: Sisal carpet is not cheaper than sisal. The price differences are in the weaving and underlay of the carpet. However, carpet will be worn much sooner, which means that the upholstery will have to be replaced much faster.

Appearance: We do like sisal carpet. Another important thing to consider is that your cat’s hair can get stuck to the carpet….

Attractiveness for your cat: This is simply a matter of your cat’s preference. There is no right or wrong answer for this, but as I said, we have yet to find the first cat that doesn’t like sisal.

Posts of plush

Durability: Posts covered with plush are the fastest to break down. Cats find it far too interesting to look for the beginning and the end and to break them down. Petrebels is absolutely not in favour of sisal posts completely or partly covered with plush.

Affordability: Plush is cheaper than sisal. So you understand that when a lot of posts are covered with plush, this determines the total price of a scratching post.

Appearance: Petrebels opts for quality and design. Apart from the fact that we do not advise plush on poles, we do not like it either, but that is a matter of taste.

Attractiveness for your cat: As mentioned, the ‘playful’ cat will certainly find it attractive to look for the starting and ending point. But the average scraper will certainly not be challenged by plush poles.

Sustainable through longer lifespan

Good quality often comes with a slightly larger price tag. But remember that cheap is almost always expensive. A cheaper scratching post simply breaks down much sooner than a more expensive one because the materials and assembly are of less good quality. And then you have to buy a new one faster and in the end you only lose more money.

Are you looking for a strong and durable scratching post?

There might be one here for you.

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Useful tips about cats and cat trees

In these articles you will find even more helpful information about cats in general and cat trees in particular.

How to teach your cat to use a scratching post
The most common mistakes when buying a scratching post
A cat tree is essential for a cat

DE LUIE REBEL

Katten slapen gemiddeld 16 uur per dag en doen dat vol overgave: er wordt gerekt, gestrekt en schaamteloos gegaapt. Heerlijk. De Luie Rebel is er wel héél goed in. Die laat rennen en spelen liever aan een ander over en ploft met gemak overal neer voor een overheerlijk dutje. Maar het liefst ligt deze Rebel in een lekker zacht mandje of hangmatje.


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DE KRABBEL REBEL

Katten hebben van nature de behoefte om hun nagels te scherpen. Ze markeren daarmee hun territorium en worden er ontspannen en blij van. De Krabbel Rebel weet van geen ophouden als het om krabbelen gaat. Maak van je huis daarom een feestje voor deze Rebel en zet één (of meer) goede krabpalen neer.


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DE OUTDOOR REBEL

Buitenkatten houden van hun vrijheid en van avontuur. Ze verstoppen zich vaak in struiken en houden de hele buurt in de gaten. Ze kunnen zich uren vermaken met rondvliegende insecten en nemen – als het even meezit – een echte muis voor je mee naar huis. De Outdoor Rebel komt thuis om gezellig met de baasjes te kroelen en rustig te eten. En stelt het op prijs als er een fijn plekje is om uit te rusten voor het volgende avontuur.


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DE INDOOR REBEL

Sommige katten blijven liever binnen. Of het baasje wil dit graag. Indoor Rebels vinden het heerlijk om naar buiten te kijken – naar al het spannends wat zich daar afspeelt. Je maakt deze katten blij door het binnen net zo spannend te maken als buiten. Prikkel hun instincten met speeltjes en krabmeubels waar ze lekker in kunnen klimmen, want dan blijven ze gelukkig en gezond.


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THE LAZY REBEL

Cats sleep up to 16 hours a day with full commitment: lots of stretching and shameless yawning… Mhmm, delicious. The lazy Rebel masters this trait like no other and prefers to leave the running and playing to someone else. This lazy napper is able to lie down anywhere to take a well-deserved rest, but they prefer a nice and soft hammock or basket.


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THE SCRATCHING REBEL

Cats naturally have the need to sharpen their nails. This way they mark their territory. It also makes them relaxed and happy. The scratching Rebel will never stop when it comes to this. Transform your house into a “scratching paradise” for this Rebel and supply it with one or several good cat trees.


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THE OUTDOOR REBEL

Outdoor cats love adventure and freedom. They often hide in bushes to keep an eye on their surroundings. They can entertain themselves for hours with bugs flying around and they might even take home a real mouse for you! The outdoor Rebel will come home to cuddle with its owner and to eat peacefully. This adventurer would appreciate it if there is a nice spot in your house to rest before the next adventure.


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THE INDOOR REBEL

Some cats prefer to stay inside, this can also be a decision made by the owner. Indoor Rebels enjoy watching the outside world – and everything exciting that happens there. You can make these cats happy by making the indoor world just as exciting as the outdoor world. Stimulate their senses with toys and cat furniture in which they can climb. This way they remain healthy and happy.


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DER FAULE REBELL

Katzen schlafen durchschnittlich 16 Stunden pro Tag und tun dies voller Hingabe. Sie strecken sich, dehnen sich und gähnen unverhohlen. Herrlich! Der faule Rebell ist sehr gut darin. Er überlässt das Toben und Spielen am liebsten jemand anderem und macht stattdessen lieber ein kleines Nickerchen. Am liebsten bevorzugt dieser Schläfer ein weiches Sofa oder ein gepolsterte Liegefläche.


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DER KRATZENDE REBELL

Katzen haben von Natur aus das Bedürfnis, ihre Nägel zu schärfen. Damit markieren sie zum einen ihr Territorium und verhindern zum anderen, dass die Nägel zu lang werden und einwachsen. Kratzen, wetzen und schärfen macht sie entspannt und glücklich. Der Kratz-Rebell kennt dann auch kein Halten mehr, wenn es ums Wetzen und Kratzen geht. Mach dein Zuhause also zu einer Partyzone für diesen Rebellen und stelle einen (oder mehrere) gute Kratzbäume mit viel Wetzmöglichkeiten auf.


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DER OUTDOOR-REBELL

Freigängerkatzen lieben die Freiheit und das Abenteuer. Oft verstecken sie sich im Gebüsch und behalten die ganze Nachbarschaft im Auge. Sie können sich stundenlang mit fliegenden Insekten vergnügen, streunen herum und bringen im schlimmsten Fall eine Maus als Geschenk mit nach Hause. Der Outdoor-Rebell kommt nur nach Hause, um mit den Besitzern eventuell zu kuscheln und sich sein Fressen servieren zu lassen. Und er schätzt es über alle Maßen, wenn er einen schönen, gemütlichen Platz am liebsten auf einem Kratzbaum zum Ausruhen für das nächste Abenteuer angeboten bekommt.


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DER INDOOR-REBELL

Einige Katzen sind reine Indoor-Rebellen. Entweder, weil sie es vorziehen in einem warmen und gefahrlosen Zuhause zu leben oder weil der Besitzer dies so möchte. Indoor-Rebellen lieben es nach draußen zu schauen – und das aufregende Leben draußen aus sicherer Entfernung zu beobachten. Diese Katzen sind glücklich, wenn man drinnen die gleichen Abenteuer simuliert, die sie draußen beobachten können. Stimuliere deren Instinkte mit Spielzeug und Kratzmöbeln, in denen sie herumklettern und toben können, damit sie gesund, agil und glücklich bleiben.


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