Oliver & Nubia: The Charley and Billie Cat Scratcher

Hi everyone,

It’s Nubia here! Today we would like to show you this great Cat Scratcher from Charley and Billie!

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Nubia: As you can see the first thing my brother thought was “How do I get up there”

Oliver: What’s wrong with that???

Nubia: Nothing! Just saying. 😉

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Oliver: But I want to get up there! :O

Nubia: Let me show you how it’s done silly brother!

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Nubia: Stretch upwards!

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Nubia: Pick a good location and start SCRATCHING. 😀

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Nubia: Now swap to the other side!

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Nubia: Focus ALL of your energy in one singly paw strike!!!

Oliver: You are only saying that because you can’t use two!

Nubia: Meany! Of course not! It’s just much more effective. :p

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Oliver: OMG!!!! Look there are treats up there!!! How am I going to get to them!

Nubia: Will Oliver die of starvation? Will he throw me up there to get them for him? All shall be revealed tonight haha! For now let’s pass over to the hoomin to tell you more about the review.

Product Review:
Thanks Nubia! Right let’s take a look at The Scratcher from Charley and Billie. This fantastic scratch post is available in various sizes and for this particular review we used the tall version. We thought this is especially cool as it doesn’t look like it’s a scratch post! It looks more like a contemporary piece of art that fits well as a centerpiece in your living room.

The way it works is that the cardboard gets compressed by screwing the wooden nut on top in place and pushing down on the cardboard. As you can twist and move the cardboard to your liking you are able to create unique looking alterations of the original design. Such shown on their website – see the example below.

Of course more importantly the scratcher has also been designed with the natural behavior of cats in mind! What many people don’t realise is that they LOVE stretching themselves out as long as they can before starting to scratch on objects. This is where many of the box standard scratching pads fail in their design and Charlie and Billie lead the field by offering a “cat ergonomic” design!

As mentioned previously for this particular review we got the tall cat scratcher:

This is the full size of the tall one with Charley!
This is the full size of the tall one with Charley!

 

Our Overall verdict?:
We love it! This has been one of the most fabulous cat scratchers we have tried with our cats and not just because of it’s stylish design that fit right in with our wooden furniture. To date we have never seen Nubia stretch out to her full length while using scratch pads with her missing arm it is often a bit of a struggle for her to get proper use out of the pads we buy for the two. This scratcher has resolve that issue as she can safely lean against the stable scratch post before digging right in!

While the price tag may appear high on this item we would like to point out that these are hand crafted in the UK using ethically sourced stone and sustainable timber.

Also the replacement packs of cardboard are priced very well at £15 for the original and £25 for the tall version in comparison to many of the single use cardboard scratchers we all buy for our little ones. Replacing old used cardboard sleeves is very easy and is explained on the refill pack pages.

Where to get it:
You’d like to get one for your cats? Head right over to their online shop! Prices start at £95 for the classic version and they can be delivered worldwide.

And don’t forget later today we shall reveal if Oliver managed to get up or not haha!

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Thanks,

Marc

About Charley and Billie:


The story of Charley and Billie began in 2013 with the arrival of their two British shorthair cats, Charley (blue) and Billie (chocolate)!  Donna struggled to find a high quality and functional cat scratcher which would compliment the traditional and contemporary surroundings of her home.  Therefore, She had the idea to design and make her own.  A cardboard cat scratcher was chosen because of the cat’s natural magnetism for this material (Dougherty, 2014).  Shortly after designing the first prototype cat scratcher, the Leather-eared Mouse cat toy followed as a means of using up left-over cardboard and so – along with the leather – utilising upcycled materials.

As a result of the comments and encouragement received from family and friends, in 2014 She opened an Etsy shop to offer for sale theCharley and Billie Original Cat Scratcher and the Leather-eared Mouse cat toy.

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34 thoughts on “Oliver & Nubia: The Charley and Billie Cat Scratcher

  1. No price is too high if it saves the furniture and fittings. Kara always used her scratch pad, attached to the wall. MM, being MM decided the bottom step of the stairs was better. Only switched to the wall fixed scratcher when we recovered the pad with an off cut of the stair carpet!

    1. 🙂 she knows how to get on without letting her “disability” be one. In fact she used it as advantage in play fights with her brother as she can snake out of his grab haha

  2. I love your news about things for cats… This is amazing piece. Did they reach the top 🙂 But as I said before too, your lovely cats are so innovative (I hope I used correct word),…. my Princess is always afraid anything new… You know, still we don’t have any agreement between us, about my camera!!!!! Thank you dear Marc, Blessing and Happiness to you ALL there. Love, nia

  3. What a great looking scratch post!
    Diavolo would have it ripped to shreds in no time at all though. I’m always vacuuming up bits of cardboard. That’s “hoovering” for folks in the UK.

    1. Haha I say vacuuming too being from Germany originally and completely confuse the Britisher population. ;). And Oli usually tears things apart pretty quickly. This one seems far more sturdy due to it being compressed cardboard! I’ll do a follow up in six months. 🙂

    2. Thank you! Charley and Billie’s own cat scratcher (the original prototype) is still going strong after 2 & 1/2 years use. They use it many times throughout the day and they’re still on the same cardboard sleeve. I imagine it will last a few more years yet!

  4. That’s about the coolest cat scratcher I’ve ever seen. I’m keeping that in mind for the time when one of our cat trees ages out — the house is full of them! We live for the convenience of the cats!

  5. I have had a Charley and Billie cat scratcher for around a year and a half now and in that time it has had no change of cardboard. We have 3 cats who all use it regularly, which shows just how effective compressed cardboard can be for a scratching medium. Once one side begins to look a bit worn, we just turn around the cardboard inserts to even it out.

    We also have a sisal rope scratcher in another room which we’ve had for the same amount of time, and they have destroyed a large portion of it. It looks tatty and worn, whereas the Charley and Billie scratcher still retains its style.

    In addition, for those people whose cats have a thing for wallpaper, this scratcher has solved the issue we had with one of our cats who used to enjoy clawing at the wallpaper and shredding pieces off all over.

    Would highly recommend one of these scratchers. Will look good in any house and your cats will love them.

    1. Bless you, dear Brother!

      I visited Andrew a few weeks ago and one morning I was stood washing the pots in the kitchen when the said destructor of wallpaper cat, Barbara, came in through the cat flap from outdoors. Even I was amazed to watch her walk straight over to the cat scratcher, have a good scratch then exit again through the cat flap. She obviously loves it so much that she’ll break off from her outdoor adventures for a scratch!

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