Scratching is a natural behavior for cats that keeps their nails healthy. Rather than try to battle a cat's innate desire to scratch, redirecting the cat's scratching behavior away from the furniture in your home and towards a designated cat scratching post is a far better idea. And, believe it or not, the best cat scratching posts to file nails can keep your pet's claws tidy, and prevent them from damaging your expensive furniture.
To ensure your cat's claws are filed with every use, you'll want to avoid posts that are covered with carpet and instead look for posts made of durable fibers like sisal or corrugated cardboard. The rest of your decision will come down to your cat's favorite style of scratching.
For cats that like to scratch the corners of sofas and chairs, a vertical scratching post will likely be the best option. Alternatively, a cat that prefers to scratch their claws on the floor may be better off with a horizontal, rather than vertical, scratching spot.
Keep in mind that if your cat has never used a scratching post before, it may take some encouragement before he or she begins using it regularly. Feline experts recommend rewarding cats with a treat whenever you see them using the scratching post in order to encourage the behavior.