PetFusion Cat scratchers review | Premium cat scratching posts and scratching pads

Scratching is a normal, instinctive behavior for felines and something that cannot be completely eliminated. Instead of discouraging the behavior, getting an appropriate alternative to prevent your kitty from clawing your furniture, carpet or curtains is the best solution. Enter cat scratchers to the scene!

But picking a suitable cat scratching furniture is important – you need one that is well-built, durable, and rich in features that your kitty would love.

PetFusion, Cosmic Pet’s popular brand, offers a wide range of cat scratchers options that we had the chance to evaluate. In this article, we share our review of these best-selling PetFusion cat scratching furniture options. These cat scratching posts and scratching pads are suitable for both single-cat and multi-cat homes.

We list the key specifications of the most popular PetFusion cat scratchers and share our findings, as well as features to look out for before picking the right one for your kitty (or kitties). So, buckle up and read on!

Disclaimer: The review here is totally independent and is driven only by the actual quality of the products, few personal predispositions, and the bias of Hunter – our resident kitty!

PetFusion Cat Scratching Furniture List

The best PetFusion scratching pads and scratching posts available in the market are listed below:
PictureProductSpecifications 

PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge34" x 10.5" x 10.5", 7.5 lbs.
Reversible sides for 2x use.
PetFusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge39” x 11” x 14.3”, 11.2 lbs.
Reversible sides for 2x use.
PetFusion Cat Scratcher FLIP LoungeStd.: 19.7” x 10.2” x 3.2”, 2.9 lbs.
L: 27” x 10” x 4.5”, 4.4 lbs.
Reversible sides for 2x use.
PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching PostStd.: 18” x 10.5” x 16”, 4.2 lbs.
L: 24” x 10.5” x 21.1”, 4.6 lbs.
Reversible sides for 6x use.
PetFusion Ultimate Cat Window Climbing Perch21" x 21" x 45", 10 lbs.
42" scratching post.
20.5" x 16.5" x 1.5" perch bed.


PetFusion Ultimate Cat Climbing Tower & Activity Tree24" x 20.8" x 76.8", 36 lbs.
72" sisal scratching post.
21" x 20" x 1.5" platforms.


PetFusion Modern Cat Tree House & Scratching Post21" x 21" x 33", 30 lbs.
30" sisal scratching post.
16" x 14" x 1.5" platform.
11.5” diameter tunnel.

PetFusion Cat Scratchers Specifications

PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge (Slate Gray)

The key specifications of the PetFusion cat scratching pads and scratching posts/trees are listed below:

  • Specifications:
Model Material Size & Weight Activities
PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge 100% recycled corrugated cardboard with non-toxic corn starch glue.
Premium Satin Cardboard Siding.
34″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″, 7.5 lbs. Scratching, Lounging Stretching, Perching & Interactive Play.
PetFusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge 100% recycled corrugated cardboard with non-toxic corn starch glue.
Premium Satin Cardboard Siding.
39″ x 11″ x 14.3″, 11.2 lbs. Scratching, Lounging Stretching, Perching & Interactive Play.
PetFusion Cat Scratcher FLIP Lounge 100% recycled corrugated cardboard with non-toxic corn starch glue.
Premium Satin Cardboard Siding.
Std.: 19.7″ x 10.2″ x 3.2″, 2.9 lbs.
L: 27″ x 10″ x 4.5″, 4.4 lbs.
Scratching, Lounging Stretching.
PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching Post 100% recycled corrugated cardboard with non-toxic corn starch glue.
Premium Satin Cardboard Siding.
Silicone floor grippers.
Std.: 18″ x 10.5″ x 16″, 4.2 lbs.
L: 24″ x 10.5″ x 21.1″, 4.6 lbs.
Scratching, Stretching, Perching (small kittens only). Interactive Play.
PetFusion Ultimate Cat Window Climbing Perch E0-grade MDF frame with base.
Sisal rope covered scratching post.
Plush fabric sleeping pad.
21″ x 21″ x 45″, 10 lbs.
42″ scratching post.
20.5″ x 16.5″ x 1.5″ perch bed.
Climbing, Scratching, Lounging, Perching.
PetFusion Ultimate Cat Climbing Tower & Activity Tree E0-grade MDF frame with wooden finish platforms and base.
8 mm. sisal rope covered scratching post.
Zinc drywall anchors.
24″ x 20.8″ x 76.8″, 36 lbs.
72″ sisal scratching post.
21″ x 20″ x 1.5″ platforms.
Climbing & Jumping,Scratching, Lounging, Perching, Interactive Play.
PetFusion Modern Cat Tree House & Scratching Post Furniture-grade MDF frame with base.
Plush pseudo-fleece carpet platforms and tunnel.
8 mm. sisal rope covered scratching post.
21″ x 21″ x 33″, 30 lbs.
30″ sisal scratching post.
16″ x 14″ x 1.5″ platform.
11.5″ diameter tunnel.
Climbing & Jumping, Scratching, Lounging, Perching & Interactive Play.

** All PetFusion cat scratchers come with a small bag of catnip leaf (spray in case of modern cat tree). The scratcher surface is not pre-infused, and you can choose to use it or not use it, depending upon your kitty’s preference.

  • Suitable for: Depends upon the type, design, and size. Most scratchers are suitable for small kittens and cats weighing from 5 lbs. up to 25 lbs. Jumbo scratchers are also available for larger felines and multiple cats. Cat trees and perches can support up to 50 lbs.
  • Style and colors: Elegant modern design. Some models are available in 2-3 colors.
  • Accessories: All scratchers come with a 1-ounce bag of premium USA organic catnip leaf. The Modern Activity tree comes with a catnip spray.
  • Country of origin: Designed in the US. Made in China under strict quality control measures.
  • Warranty: 100% satisfaction guaranteed commitment for up to six months on scratching pads and up to one year on MDF-board scratching posts and cat trees.
  • Price range: $$ to $$$ depending upon the type of scratcher, design, and size.

Why do cats scratch

Before we delve into the detailed review of the PetFusion cat scratchers, let us quickly look at why cats scratch and what type of scratching surfaces do they prefer.

Cats scratch for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Cats scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws and free the healthier nails beneath.
  • Cats scratch to mark their territory by visual and scent marking. Cats have scent glands under their paws that releases a unique scent detectable by other felines.
  • Cats scratch to flex their feet and stretch their bodies to keep the muscles, joints, and tendons healthy.
  • Cats scratch to exhibit excitement, anxiety, frustration, or anger. This type of scratching is the most “destructive”.

Most felines like to scratch on rough surfaces and hence your household furniture and certain areas on the carpet become an easy target, as do certain types of window upholsteries and drapes.

One of the ways to prevent this destructive scratching is to offer them more appealing options such as scratching posts and scratching pads.

Whether you should opt for a scratching post (vertical scratching surface) or a scratching pad (horizontal scratching surface) is a matter of preference for your kitty. Some cats like to stand upright against a vertical surface while scratching while others like to get horizontal and flex their bodies while scratching.

So, the primary choice of the scratching surface would depend upon your cat or cats. In most cases, you are better off getting at least one horizontal (cat scratching pad) and one vertical scratching surface (scratching post or cat tree) placed separately to give your pet a couple of options.

In the next sections, we will share our review of the PetFusion cat scratching pads and scratching posts that you can consider to prevent your cat from turning into a “kitty from hell!”.

Just a word of advice – Whatever you decide to opt for, ALWAYS SAY NO TO DECLAWING.

PetFusion Cat Scratchers Review

To thoroughly review and evaluate the PetFusion cat scratchers, we primarily focused on the manufacturing material and quality, design features, size, looks, and the price/cost of ownership. Our findings are summarized below:

Material and quality

The manufacturing material and the build quality of the PetFusion cat scratchers is one of their biggest selling points, and we agree. After all, you do not win all these awards for nothing (2015 Eco-Excellence Award, 2014 Consumer Choice Awards, featured on Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell”).

As listed in the specifications, the best-selling PetFusion cat scratching pads are all made of premium, 100% recycled corrugated cardboard with premium satin-finish cardboard siding in the chosen color. The scratching surface is attached to the frame with a non-toxic corn starch glue. The corners are rounded for safe operation and a better decorative look.

These scratching pads are definitely built better than cheaper cardboard scratchers – most pet owners that we surveyed mentioned that the reversible scratching pads last a good 12-18 months (up to 6-9 months on a single surface), even with regular scratching by one or more cats.

The PetFusion cat scratching posts and trees have components made of the following materials. These products also exceed the stricter European REACH standards:

  • Pre-fabricated, E0-grade particle-board (Engineered wood) frame with espresso wood finish on the base and platforms.
  • Soft cushions and covers made of polyester-based Sherpa faux-fleece or plush material.
  • 5mm or thicker cardboard tube ramps and scratching posts wrapped with Natural 6-8mm Sisal rope.
  • Branch-out Add-on kit is also available.

The scratching posts can last for up to 9-12 months before they need to be replaced or rewound with fresh rope (contact the manufacturer for replacement options).

Design features

When it comes to the design features, PetFusion cat scratching furniture products are second to none in the market.

Each product is expertly designed here in the US by experts who know more than a few things about the primary needs of the felines these scratchers can fulfill. The products are made in China under strict quality control measures.

All the scratchers have a smart reversible design which allows them to be used 2x times. The PetFusion 3-Sided Vertical Cat Scratching Post can even be used 6x times by rearranging the sides. The curved surfaces provide several scratching and stretching angles.

These scratching pads can be used for multiple activities – scratching, lounging, sleeping, perching, and even interactive play. And since most of them are generously sized, two cats can easily lounge at one time.

The scratching posts are also smartly designed to serve more than one purpose – they can be used for climbing, jumping, resting, and interactive play. And the scratching posts with platforms can also work well as cat window perches to give the kitty a vantage station to observe the action outdoors.

There is another feature that we loved – the scratcher surface is not pre-infused with catnip, and you can choose to use it or not use it depending upon your kitty’s preference. This meant a lot for us as our expert kitty is not a big fan of catnip.

Size and weight

The size of the cat scratcher that you should opt for is generally governed by the space that you have, and the cat’s breed and size.

Almost all the PetFusion cat scratching furniture are available in a single size with enough space to accommodate a 5-25 lbs. cat.

As mentioned in the specifications, some scratching pads are also available in extra-large and Jumbo sizes for multi-pet homes and bigger pets such as Maine Coons and Bengals.

Style and looks

One of the biggest complaints that pet parents have with cat scratching furniture is their bland, ugly looks. Thankfully, that does not look an issue with the PetFusion cat scratchers, as you would have figured out by now.

The scratching pads are available in modern, complementary designs in different color finishes – Brown, Gray, or White. Similarly, the scratching posts are available in standard Sisal looks with Espresso furniture finish platforms.

So, depending upon your house décor and you and your kitty’s preference, you can pick a color combination of your choice.

Assembly and maintenance

The assembly and maintenance of PetFusion scratchers is not much different from most other cat scratching furniture models.

The scratching pads come fully assembled and can be used immediately. The scratching posts and cat trees come disassembled but come with easy-to-follow instructions to assemble quickly with standard tools (a screwdriver) in less than 30 minutes.

Care and maintenance is also easy. The scratching pads can be cleaned with a wet cloth and let dry in case of an accident. The little mess created by the scratched pieces can be easily broomed or vacuumed.  Any wear and tear can be fixed by using a hot glue gun filled with a pet-friendly cornstarch glue.

Cat trees and scratching posts are also easy to maintain. The fleece cushions and pads that come with the cat trees are machine-washable. You would also need periodic inspection and tightening of screws to ascertain frame stability.

Warranty and support

The PetFusion products in general, and the cat scratching furniture in particular, are all backed by excellent satisfaction guaranteed commitments and after-sale support. Trust us, almost all the pet parents that we surveyed mentioned this as one of the major positives for all the Cosmic Pet Products brands – PetFusion, OurPets, Hyper Pet, and more.

Specifically, each PetFusion cat scratching board or lounger is backed by a six-month warranty against manufacturing defects and each cat MDF scratching post and tree by a one-year warranty against manufacturing defects. All purchases are supported by a dedicated customer service network.

If you’re not completely satisfied with the product, you can contact their friendly customer service for an exchange or refund – a big testament to the quality of these products. The customer support service follows the “get it right” mantra – customers have reported that the support executives even provide assistance outside the warranty period.

Just make sure you make your purchase directly from PetFusion or its authorized resellers to avoid any fakes or defective products.

Price

When it comes to the price of ownership, PetFusion cat scratching furniture modes are not the cheapest options in the market. We would consider them as mid-range to premium products.

The cat scratching posts, specifically the best-selling PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is about 10-15% costlier than most other options in the market. Similarly, the cat tree models cost more than 100 USD, which is about 15-20% more some similar cat tree models in the class.

But you do get what you pay for – high-quality construction, smart multi-surface design, and superior versatile operation making your purchase worth the price, especially for multi-pet homes.

You can always time your purchase perfectly and get more discount, especially during festival season and online retailer sales events.

The Verdict

Based on our evaluation and review of the product specifications, design features, and the usage and performance, we found the PetFusion cat scratchers to be excellent cat scratching products.

While all the options are perfectly designed and versatile, the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge is our standout recommendation, especially if you have a single or two cats.

To summarize, the major positives and negatives of the PetFusion cat scratching furniture that we observed are listed below:

Pros
  • Premium, high-quality cat scratching pads, loungers, posts, and trees made of best-in-class materials – 100% recycled corrugated cardboard for scratching pads and E0-grade MDF board for scratching posts.
  • Versatile and rich in features. Can be used for Scratching, lounging, stretching, perching, and interactive play. Smart reversible design features offer a longer active life by adjusting the arrangement.
  • Suitable for single or multi-pet homes for one or more kittens and cats weighing up to 20-30 lbs. All products come with a small bag of US-made premium Catnip leaf (or spray for the modern tree).
  • Available in elegant designs that complement the home décor. Some models are available in multiple modern color combinations.
  • Easy to set up and assemble. Scratching pads do not require any assembly while scratching posts can be assembled in less than 30 minutes. Replacement posts are also available.
  • Easy to clean and maintain. All removable fleece cushions and pads are machine washable.
  • Backed by 100% satisfaction guaranteed commitment and warranties – six months on all cat scratching pads and one year on all MDF scratching posts and trees.
Cons
  • Slightly costlier than similar products in the market, though you get what you pay for.
  • Some customers have reported issues with the missing hardware and damaged parts for the cat trees. Recommended to contact the customer service for a quick replacement.

Final Thoughts on the PetFusion Cat Scratchers

Scratching is a natural, instinctive behavior for cats, something that you as a pet parent would have to plan for. Cat scratching furniture is a viable alternative to prevent your indoor kitty from ruining your carpet, furniture or drapes. But picking the right cat scratcher (or set of scratchers) is important.

In this article, we reviewed the most popular PetFusion cat scratching furniture options offered by Cosmic Pets, a worldwide leader in pet products. We listed the key specifications of these cat scratchers and presented our in-the-field assessment of the products, ably assisted by Hunter – our in-house resident kitty.

Overall, we found the PetFusion cat scratching posts and scratching pads smartly-designed, extremely well-built, and a perfect choice for both single and multi-cat homes.

So, if you are looking for a high-quality, elegant-looking, and functional cat scratcher for your kitty (or kitties) that lasts longer than a few weeks, then you definitely consider one of the PetFusion cat scratchers as an option.

For any more questions or comments, feel free to share them through the comment section below and we would be happy to answer them. And if you are looking for additional cat scratching furniture options, you can check out our review of the Frisco Cat Trees and Scratching Posts.

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