What is sisal material?

What is sisal material?

Sisal is a natural fiber derived from the long, green leaves of the ‘agave sisalana’ cactus plant. Sisal is not the same fiber as coir or jute. Sisal is stronger and more durable than other natural fibers. In fact, it is used for rope and twine. These qualities make Sisal a preferred material for carpet and rugs.

Cats Need to Scratch
Scratching is an essential part of a cat’s mental and physical health.

Scratching allows a cat to stretch and work all of the muscles and tendons from her toes to her neck.
A cat marks her territory by scratching. There are scent glands in your cat’s paws that let her claim the space she scratches as hers. The physical scratch marks leave a message for other cats, too. This is an extremely important thing to a cat. Being able to mark her territory will leave your cat more relaxed and confident, decreasing her desire to perform other unwanted behaviors in your home.
It feels good. Cats love to scratch because it just makes them feel good, physically and mentally.

The Benefits of Cat Scratching Posts

Scratching posts provide an outlet for your cat’s normal and necessary scratching urges. They spare your furniture and other household items from being damaged by a cat that is just being a cat. A good scratching post will have the characteristics listed here.

Height: Cat scratching posts need to be tall. Your cat should be able to stand on her hind legs and fully extend her body up the side of the post. That way, she can get a great full-body stretch. If there’s a perch at the top of the post so your cat can look out the window while she’s on it, so much the better.
Sturdiness: Your cat will want an extremely sturdy post. If she rises up on her hind legs, places her front feet against the post in anticipation of a good scratch, and feels the post wobble, she is likely to never attempt using it again. In the wild, trees are the most common cat scratching posts, and they don’t topple over when a cat leans into a good scratch. In fact, wobbly but heavy posts can be dangerous for cats, especially kittens. A kitten that throws her entire body two feet up the post only to have it fall over onto her could be seriously injured or even killed.
Great surface: A good scratching post from the point of view of your cat is one that is covered in a material that’s good for scratching. This means that she can sink her nails deeply into it, it isn’t sharp, and it shreds beneath her nails.
You know you want this satisfying sisal fabric…

Sisal Fabric: The Cat-Satisfying Scratching Choice
Sisal is an excellent choice of material with which to cover a scratching post. It is made from the Agave sisalana plant that is native to southern Mexico but can be cultivated to grow in many places around the world. The material is sustainable and biodegradable. It is also used to make carpets and rugs.

When it is used for scratching posts, sisal is strong and rough, with a similar consistency and feeling for your cat as tree bark, a favorite scratching substrate for wild felines. Sisal is quite durable, and it can last on your scratching post for years before needing to be replaced, depending on how many cats are enjoying it.