LOL, are you trying to distract them from finishing off that carpeted step? Ours really like the x-shaped cardboard scratchers.
Actually, I am hoping they finish off that carpeted step sooner rather than later. Then I will be forced to rip up that nasty carpet and put down some lovely tile (and a hardwood step that matches the beautiful oak floors in the rest of the house) instead!
Ginny liked the scratching post, too. I didn't realize it was a recent addition. I've been impressed with Ginny - at home she uses the expensive scratching thingy that I bought for her predecessor (who disdained to use it), and I take her to another house and she uses the appropriate object for scratching there, too. Most cats are not so obliging. (Ours, of course, are exceptional!)