Furniture Scratching

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Read This Before Declawing Your Cat

Listen to the audio version of this article For many new cat parents, the decision to declaw the cat is made before any attempts at training are done and before gaining a thorough understanding of what this permanent procedure actually involves. Too many people look at the cat’s claws as things that cause destruction and injury to family members, rather than understanding how important claws are to the cat both physically and emotionally. In too many cases, cat parents aren’t given all the accurate information about this surgery and they certainly aren’t given enough  information about how to properly train their cats so declawing wouldn’t even be needed. Any procedure that can never be reversed requires adequate understanding of what’s involved ...

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Multicat Households Need Multiple Scratching Posts

If you live in a multicat environment you may be fortunate enough to have cats who are completely happy sharing one scratching post. In most cases though, one or more of the cats may not feel comfortable using the “community” post. Just as with litter box placement, it may cause anxiety for one cat to have to cross through another cat’s area in order to get to the post. In that case, kitty may find that it’s less stressful and more convenient to scratch on whatever surface is readily available. If that object is a piece of furniture then that’s a not a very good solution at all. Offering Choice May Ease Tension Even though you can’t direct each individual ...

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Scratching Posts: How to Choose the Best One

Listen to the audio version of this article If you don’t want your cat scratching the furniture, you’ll need to provide an object that is more appealing. When I say appealing, I’m not referring to whether kitty likes the way it looks – I’m referring to whether it gets the job done or not. The only reason your cat may decide to scratch on the furniture instead of the post is because the furniture meets his needs. If the post you provided looks pretty but isn’t effective from a cat’s point of view then it will just sit in the corner and gather dust. There are three “must-have” basics when it comes to a scratching post: The Scratching Post Must ...

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Read This Before You Replace That Worn Out Scratching Post

When a cat likes her scratching post and uses it exclusively, chances are, it will eventually start looking a bit ragged. Better the post looks ragged than the furniture, right? Even at that, since the scratching post is probably not one of the more attractive pieces of cat equipment you have in your house (the litter box probably ranks as the #1 least attractive), you may be tempted to toss out the old post and treat kitty to a brand new one. Before you do that, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. From the Cat’s Perspective Imagine it from your cat’s point of view. She spends all this time marking the scratching post and ...

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Horizontal Scratching

Cats are Individuals Some cats prefer not to scratch on vertical objects. These are the cats who scratch on welcome mats, carpets, throw rugs, even sofa cushions. You may have a cat who exclusively scratches horizontally or maybe she enjoys the option of being able to engage in both horizontal and vertical scratching. If you bought or built a sturdy vertical scratching post that’s covered in a very appealing material (such as sisal) and kitty ignores it, you might have a horizontal scratcher on your hands. Think Horizontally When Shopping The easiest way to provide a horizontal scratching surface for your cat is to purchase a corrugated cardboard scratch pad. These pads are readily available at your local pet product store ...

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Furniture Scratching Explained

Furniture scratching. So many people are convinced this is a behavior displayed by cats just for the sheer thrill of destroying the living room sofa or treasured antique chair. If you live with a cat who has turned your upholstery into mere shreds, you’re probably at your wit’s end in terms of whether keeping kitty means abandoning all hope over ever having intact furniture again. The problem is that you might’ve gone at this the wrong way. You were trying to train your cat to NOT do something that is actually a normal and essential part of being feline. Cat Scratching is Normal Scratching is important and more complex than you may realize. You may be under the misconception that ...

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