In this review I’m taking a look at the Emery Cat scratching board. This cat toy claims to not only provide a scratching surface that cats love but to trim their claws automatically while they do it. Does this product really work? What works with it and what doesn’t? Let’s find out…
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Basically, the Emery Cat is an arched, floor mounted, hard plastic base with a specially treated honeycombed cardboard insert. The idea is to create an attractive scratching surface for cats while the special abrasive surface trims the cat’s claws as they scratch. In theory, the board will give the cat a fun place to work out their scratching instinct other than your furniture while giving them a claw tip blunting pedicure.
We have 5 cats and keeping their claws trimmed down with regular pet nail clippers is an ongoing chore. While they’re mostly cooperative with the clipping process, they can get sharp claws from time to time before we notice them. Therefore, the Emery Cat was an attractive option for us. We knew that our cats like the honeycombed cardboard scratchers so it seemed like they would enjoy this product too.
Overall, we found the quality of the Emery Cat scratcher to be quite good. The size is a good size for even our larger cats and the base stays stable enough even from the vigorous scratching by our hefty Maine Coon Cat. The arched cardboard insert holds up well too, lasting somewhat longer than the standard cardboard scratchers we’ve used before. The toy attractor is OK but our big cat tore it up pretty quickly, like he does most toys that have a catnip smell.
So, does the Emery Cat actually trim a cat’s claws? Sadly, based on our experience with it, no, it does not. In fact, it seems to sharpen a cat’s claws rather than blunt them. So, it doesn’t seem to work well for this purpose. I can’t recommend it if you expect it to keep your cat’s claws trimmed automatically.
That said, our cats really like the Emery Cat scratching board. Of course, one of the purposes of a scratching post is to get a cat to scratch on something other than furniture. The refill packs aren’t too expensive, generally about $10-15 for a pack of 3, about the same as regular cardboard scratchers.
Bottom line, the Emery Cat scratching board is a very good cat scratcher that cats seem to enjoy. It just doesn’t live up to the hype of trimming their claws.