Sisal And Cat Condos

November 9, 2010

in Cats

If you have done your research, you will see that the highest quality cat condos, scratching posts and cat trees have several posts covered with sisal. But what is sisal and why is it such a great piece of a condo?

To provide some background, sisal is actually a great sustainable product. It is part of the succulent family from the agave. Twine and rope are the typical products that are made from sisal. The plant lives up to 10 years and in that time it produces 200-250 leaves that contain around 1000 fibers inside.

The fibers are taken out and then dried and baled. The primary exporters are South America and Africa.

Sisal made into a rope form is used to create cat condos, scratching posts and cat trees. It is important to check that the sisal is all natural and does not contain any oil that can be toxic to your cat. A reputable company that manufactures cat condos will be able to easily answer that for you.

Sisal can be the best deterrent to scratching that you can have in your house. It is extremely durable, much more so than carpet. It is also irresistible for cats.

Many cat condos will have several areas covered with sisal. Some are upright and some on an incline. The upright posts can help kitty stretch her back and shoulder muscles while getting some great nail maintenance. Some cats will even hang on tightly with their front paws and scratch their back claws on the upright posts!

New veterinary research shows that indoor cats prefer sisal to any other scratching surface! This rough and strong material is actually more durable than carpet: 10 times more durable. Now, we wouldn’t recommend carpeting the house in sisal, but we sure recommend a variety of cat condos with sisal scratchers!

New Cat Condos has been manufacturing quality cat condo for over 25 years. All of their cat condos are made with the finest sisal rope that your cats crave.

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