Clip my nails to make my sisal last longer
Cats love scratching on sisal they are naturally drawn to it.
Scratching is a natural way of marking territory and a great way to have a good stretch, as well as the physical marks made scratching also leaves behind a scent releasing hormones at the same time, this helps mark territory and helps cats feel at ease in their surroundings.
Scratching can also be used as a precursor for play or even as an attention-seeking tool by the more manipulative and social individuals.
Popular areas kitty may want to scratch upon include softwoods (eg, pine), fabrics, textured wallpaper and carpet and popular locations include door frames, furniture and stairs.
Place cat scratchers around the home so kitty does not use your soft furnishings as their work out station.
Sophisticated Scratch cat trees and cat scratchers use a minimal thickness of 10mm sisal, far superior than high street cat scratchers which means they last a lot longer up to three times.
Sisal is a natural fibre extracted from the leaves of the Agave Sisalana, a succulent plant closely related to the plant which brings us tequila, it grows in dry desert climates such as the plains of Mexico and other parts of the New World.
The sisal fibre is traditionally used for rope and twine, and has many other uses, including paper, cloth, footwear, hats, bags, carpets, and dartboards.
Sophisticated Scratch luxury oak cat trees last for kitties entire lifetime but with razor sharp claws tearing at the sisal on a daily basis it will inevitably need replacement at some point in the future especially if you have more than one cat.
Sisal will last one cat on average 9-18 months.
To make your sisal last longer have your cats claws clipped on a regular basis by a vet, never do this yourself unless you have been shown by a professional.
Most cats have light coloured claws, making it easy to see the blood vessels and nerves that supply the claw as a pink stripe at the base of the nail, which is called a quick. If you cut into the quick, the claw will bleed and the cat will experience pain.
When kitties have eventually worn through the sisal Sophisticated Scratch offers a convenient re-sisal service so you never have to buy a new scratcher or lazing tree again.
We also give your cat scratcher or cat tree a complete overhaul as part of the service.
Prices start at just £3.99 a metre
We also do UK home visits to re-sisal larger lazing cat trees and Monster cat scratchers that can not be shipped.
Call out fee £69+ 75p a mile.
We also offer a free drop and collect service £3.99 per sisal metre
Contact us with your unique reference number found on the base of your tree and postcode for an instant quote.
You can also drop your scratcher off to us here at Sophisticated Scratch you will find our address at the bottom of the page.
Please pack your cat scratcher in a robust sturdy box with cushioning so there is no movement and insure it with your chosen courier. We do not take responsibility for broken cat scratchers we receive.
Tip ! Keep the packaging of your Sophisticated Scratch tree when it arrives so you can use the re-sisal service at a later date, this will help keep shipping costs down.
Flat Cat Scratch £3.99 per sisal metre + £15 return shipping
Mama Cat Scratcher £3.99 per sisal metre + £15 return shipping
Papa Cat Scratcher £3.99 per sisal metre + £15 return shipping
Fat Cat Scratcher £3.99 per sisal metre + £15 return shipping
Monster Cat Scratcher Call out fee £69+ 75p a mile
Lazing Cat Trees Call out fee £69+ 75p a mile
Free Drop and collect service on all products £3.99 per sisal metre
Natural oils are used on Sophisticated Scratch trees. Tung, Danish, Boiled linseed and beeswax are the ones I favour because I find they really bring out the beautiful natural grain patterns.
To create a deep lustrous finish a piece can have up to 20 coats of oil applied.
Linseed Oil its hard to believe that from long stems with delicate blue flowers at their ends derive a golden oil.
Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil, is one of the most popular wood finishes in the world.
Like other hand-rubbed oil finishes, linseed oil saturates deep into the wood grain to protect against scratches and changes in humidity.
Tung Oil Tung oil or China Wood Oil is arguably the best natural finish for wood.
In over 100 years of development of synthetic resins and varnishes no one has developed a coating that surpasses the overall performance of natural tung oil.
Danish oil is a wood finishing oil, often made of tung oil or polymerized linseed oil, It can provide a hard-wearing, water-resistant satin finish
Beeswax Polish is a natural wax used to feed and protect bare wooden surfaces, it seals and protects all types of wood and wooden surfaces giving a long lasting, durable and natural looking shine.
Beeswax acts as a protective coating on the surface, enhancing the woods shine and helping keep it looking better for longer.
Working With Oak
All our oak is air dried for minimum 2 years or otherwise known as seasoned before it can be used for a cat tree or cat scratcher.
Air Dried simply means that during the drying out process a large percentage of the movement of the timber has taken place so there is less splitting and movement than with green timber especially with oak.
Oak will always have some movement it's a natural wonder so you must expect this.
We are frequently asked about movement in oak and why does it happen and will it damage the structure or compromise its strength. The simple answer is they are totally natural and nothing to worry about.
Oak wants to be the same as its environment both in moisture content and temperature.
During summer months and soaring temperatures timber starts to exhibit cracks and splits where it further dries out from its original point of FSP (Fibre saturation point), and during the cooler months the cracks can start to close again.
Cracks, shakes and splits are all part of the ageing process you will have probably seen this in old listed buildings (see photo below).
Enjoy it and embrace it as it is part of its charm and warmth, watch it and marvel at it’s behaviour, cracks, shakes and splits will disappear, open up, wander and move.
All Sophisticated Scratch cat trees are complete natural pieces of timber we do not bolt limbs on or together, every tree is exactly how nature intended it to be.
Your cat will love the feel of our cat trees, cat scratchers and will naturally be drawn to the natural sisal and the feel of it on their claws so you don't have to worry about them clawing at the actual tree it will also help to deter them from scratching your soft furnishings.
Sophisticated Scratch products are built to last for years and with the right care a lifetime.
Resin Cat Tree Art
Here at Sophisticated Scratch we often use resin in the oak to fill the natural crevices and cracks giving breathtaking bespoke results that will mesmerise you.
Resin gives your cat tree beautiful shine as a finish and also protects them from damage by external influences or UV light.
Our resin is non-toxic, non-flammable, odourless, no solvents, no vapours and it is also considered food safe.