Have you ever stumbled into your living room and had the feeling you were living with a small Wolverine? Your cat seems to prefer to scratch every piece of furniture in your house, except the thing you bought for them to scratch on. Why do cats scratch and can you teach them not to scratch your furniture? Read it in our new Sunday blog!
Before we can try to change your cat’s behavior, we have to understand why they are scratching in the first place. Here are the most important reasons:
- To keep their claws healthy: Scratching will help them to shed the outside nail husk when needed. Just like humans, cats need to trim their nails as well once in a while.
- To mark their territory: As you may know from previous blogs, cats like to leave their scent as much as possible. Their paws contain scent glands and scratching stuff will release odors. It doesn’t matter if there is only one cat in your house, they will do it anyway.
- Stretching: Have you noticed cats usually stretch when they are scratching? It provides some exercise and is good for their muscles.
- It just feels good: Scratching is a way to relieve stress and it’s just a nice feeling for cats.
Now that we have established scratching is normal cat behavior, it’s time to find a way to save all your furniture. Start with making sure there is a good alternative in the rooms where your cat spends most of their time. You can make it extra attractive by adding some catnip.
Add some plastic or other stuff on your furniture to make it more difficult to scratch. They will eventually go for the alternative.
Finally, reward your cat when they use the scratching post instead of destroying the furniture.
Let the scratching begin!
My Purry Friends
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