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 it 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 Choices May Ease Tension in Your Multicat Household
Even though you can’t direct each individual cat to exclusively use a designated post, it’s beneficial to provide multiple scratching options. One of the best and easiest ways to relieve kitty tension is by providing choice.
Allow for Different Preferences Among Cats
Some cats have very particular preferences when it comes to the type of scratching material most appealing or whether they want to scratch horizontally or vertically. When you provide multiple options in terms of texture, type and location, you stand a better chance of easing tension and satisfying individual preferences.
Provide more than one scratching post and more than one type for multicat homes. Place posts and horizontal scratch pads around different rooms so a cat doesn’t have far to go if she has the urge to scratch.
Observe your cats and you’ll soon learn which one likes to scratch after a nap, which one scratches after playing, after using the litter box, when anticipating dinner, when the doorbell rings, etc. When you learn a cat’s preference you can place posts in the best locations to allow for perfectly timed scratching.
Even Small Multicat Environments Need Multiple Options
Even if you live in a small apartment you can provide multiple scratching options. Scratch pads can be attached to walls. If you have a cat tree in the environment, wrap the support posts with sisal so it can serve double-duty as both a tree and a scratching post. If you have a cat who prefers scratching on bare wood, leave one of the support posts unwrapped.