I posted a couple of weeks ago about a new cat FI and I just adopted (Lady). She's adjusted beautifully, but she's begun scratching up the carpet in our apartment. We don't let her in our room at night because we're afraid we'll step on her when we get up in the middle of the night (and she gets WILD at about 3 am, and we want to sleep), but she scratches at our door for a solid hour or so each night. Luckilly we caught it before the carpet became really visibly damaged - it's visible if you get on your hands and knees and take a close look, but nobody would really think to do that - but we want to attract her with something else.
We've tried the cardboard box things that Petsmart sells - but she doesn't like it, because I think it moves on her. Does anybody have a rec (with a link, preferably) to a very sturdy scratching post that your kitties love? Budget isn't a huge issue as long as it works - if we get dinged for the carpet here it will be waaaaay more expensive than any scratching post we could buy.
Also, if anybody has any suggestions about calming a wild cat in the middle of the night - I'm all ears. We haven't been able to think of anything. She basically wipes herself out so she sleeps most of the day, but at night we hear her running in circles around and around the apartment. We've thought about putting her in the guest bathroom at night, but then she won't have the space to run, and she will probably be wild while we're gone at work. Any thoughts on this?