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Scratch Lounge Review 2024: Pros, Cons & Verdict

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on July 2, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

Scratch Lounge Review

Scratch Lounge Review 2024: Pros, Cons & Verdict

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Scratch Lounge a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Editor Rating: 4.5/5
Build Quality: 4/5
Features: 3.5/5
Price: 3/5

The Scratch Lounge is a three-sided scratching surface that gives your cat a place to nest and scratch, deterring them from your furniture. It’s constructed of sturdy, dense honeycomb pads that are designed to last longer than other scratchers. To entice cats to try it out, there’s a bag of catnip that comes with the lounge.

For peace of mind, the Scratch Lounge is made of non-toxic corrugated cardboard with wheat-based glue to hold it all together. Though simple, the design provides security for cats and holds all the cardboard flakes inside. Once your cat is finished, you can recycle the pads and get refills.

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Scratch Lounge – A Quick Look

Scratch Lounge Cardboard Cat Scratcher & Lounger for Large Cats

  • Unique honeycomb design
  • 100% recyclable materials
  • Non-toxic materials
  • Sturdy for indoor or outdoor use
  • Less mess
  • May not stand up to rough cats
  • May be too small
  • Expensive


Dimensions: 22”L x 13”W x 5 »H
Recommended use: Indoor
Material: Cardboard
Features: 100% recyclable, non-toxic, catnip included

Dense Honeycomb Construction

The Scratch Lounge has a high-density honeycomb construction to ensure it lasts longer than comparable scratchers. In fact, the design has its own U.S. utility patent. The design not only ensures that it will last but it helps to keep cardboard flakes from scratching. According to the company, the honeycomb material is designed to last up to 10 times longer than comparable scratchers.

Indoor or Outdoor Use

The Scratch Lounge has a sturdy design that can be used indoors or outdoors. However, it’s constructed of corrugated cardboard, so it shouldn’t be left outside in damp conditions or used on rainy days, as it may not hold up.

Scratch Lounge Cardboard Cat Scratcher & Lounger

Non-Toxic, Recyclable Materials

The Scratch Lounge is constructed of 100% recyclable materials, including a non-toxic wheat-based glue. Once your car wears out, you can recycle the cardboard to avoid adding more waste. Another feel-good feature is that a portion of profits go to animal rescue and free spay and neuter clinics.

Limited Sizes

Though the Scratch Lounge is designed to fit cats of all sizes, consumers have asked for extra-large size options for larger cat breeds. The company explained that even large cats prefer the small size because it’s cozy, but it may not be big enough for larger breeds to be comfortable.

High Price

The Scratch Lounge has a patented design and is intended to last longer than other scratch pads, so it is more expensive than some competitors. Pad refills are available when cats destroy the cardboard, but they may not be worth the price for all cat owners.

Recall History

Since its launch on April 1, 2013, the Scratch Lounge has not had any recalls. Despite some mixed reviews, there haven’t been complaints about the Scratch Lounge harming any cats.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is the Scratch Lounge made?

The Scratch Lounge is made in Chicago, Illinois.

Does the Scratch Lounge contain any materials that may be harmful to cats?

No, the Scratch Lounge is made of 100% recyclable materials without any harmful or toxic ingredients. The structure is corrugated cardboard that’s held together with non-toxic, wheat-based glue.

Will the Scratch Lounge deter scratching of furniture or carpets?

While the Scratch Lounge may satisfy the cat’s desire to scratch and redirect them from scratching inappropriate items, such as sofas, drapes, and carpets, it’s not a guarantee.

Image Credit: Rosa Jay, Shutterstock

What the Users Say

Overall, users are happy with the Scratch Lounge and praise its unique honeycomb design that contains flakes that are caused by scratching. They’re also pleased with the non-toxic, recyclable materials that are safe for cats. Many reviewers had good results with the scratcher for their cats, but others said it wasn’t as sturdy as they expected. It didn’t last long with rough cats, and some reviewers are unhappy that there aren’t multiple size options. It’s also a bit expensive, especially if it doesn’t hold up.

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The Scratch Lounge is an innovative scratcher for cats with a simple but effective design that encourages scratching while limiting the mess for you. Its sturdy design and non-toxic construction with added catnip earn praise from cat owners, but the Scratch Lounge may not be ideal for all cats. It doesn’t come in larger sizes and may not hold up to rough cats.

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