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Emery Cat Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line


  • Includes cat toy and catnip bag
  • Might keep your cat from scratching other things


  • Many cats don't like it
  • Can be rough on cats' paws
  • Prone to tipping
  • Refills can be hard to find
Our Analysis

Amazon.com users overwhelmingly dislike Emery Cat; out of 120-plus user posts, half give it a 1-star review. Most users say that their cats simply don't like it, and speculate that this may be because it's way too rough for Kitty's paws. Likewise, Grand Rapids, Mich., affiliate station WZZM shows a video where Emery Cat is tested with three cats: two use it once and then never go near it again; the other cat never touches it at all, a scenario mentioned repeatedly in Emery Cat reviews. Reviews on other sites mainly echo those on Amazon.com, with as many low ratings as high ones. In the end, it's a 50/50 bet whether or not your cat will use the Emery Cat.

Another complaint comes from those who've ordered the Emery Cat through its website. Customers say that the Emery Cat web page won't let them review their order total before it goes through. In addition, customers complain that it's too easy to accidentally order multiple sets, for which it is hard to get a refund. These complaints are detailed on sites such as ComplaintsBoard.com and ConsumerAffairs.com.

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com,

Out of more than 125 user reviews, the majority of Emery Cat owners aren't happy with the product, saying their cats tried it once and never went back or never tried it at all. Others say they suspect the Emery Cat was painful for their cats to use. Of owners who are mainly happy with it, some credit it with saving their furniture.

Contributors to Does-the-Product-Work.com,

There aren't too many reviews here for Emery Cat, but one poster who fosters cats in her home claims that only one cat in 20 would use it. However, users who get their cats to use it claim that the product is a fun way to dull a cat's nails.

Matt Campbell, July 1, 2010

This local news report features a video where the Emery Cat is tested with three cats: two use it once and then never go near it again, in spite of the fuzzy toy; the other cat never touches it. The report concludes that "felines are finicky" and that there is no way to know if your cat will use it or not. The owner of the tested cats states that she is happy she didn't waste her money, since her cats are still clawing away at her steps.

Contributors to TheCatSite.com,

This cat-oriented message board features 12 pages of discussion about the Emery Cat. User posts are extremely negative. One poster tried to donate their unused Emery Cat to the local vet, who wouldn't take it after hearing complaints that it pulls out cats' claws.

Contributors to ComplaintsBoard.com,

Posters on this consumer board complain of Emery Cat's confusing ordering process, and claim that they were misled as to what they were ordering and how much it would cost.

Contributors to Walmart.com,

About half of the 30 user posts recommend Emery Cat, with users saying that their cats love it and use it often; for some users, however, locating refills is a problem. However, the other half say that their cats won't use it and don't like it; these users speculate that it may be too rough for Kitty's paws.

Contributors to ConsumerAffairs.com,

Many of the negative posts about Emery Cat have to do with the ordering process, but several posters mention that their cat ate part of the included cat toy and got sick, while others complain that the surface is too rough for their cats' paws.

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