CAT SCRATCHING SOLUTIONS

Tired of your favorite couch being covered with claw marks?  There are cheap and easy options to save your furniture.  It is important to understand that you cannot and should not prevent a cat from scratching.  Scratching is a normal and necessary behavior for cats.  It allows them to shed the outer layer of their claws and provides a great way for them stretch out their muscles.  Cats also scratch to mark their territory.  When scratching on items such as furniture or scratching posts, cats leave scent from the sweat glands on the pads of their paws and between the pads.  This scent says, 'I was here, and this is my territory.'

MAKE YOUR FURNITURE UNAPPEALING     


To prevent unwanted scratching, start by making the area unappealing by applying a double sided tape like Sticky Paws.  Cat's paws are extremely sensitive to touch, having evolved to detect the slightest vibrations of prey rustling through leaves and brush. This acute sensitivity makes "sticky" surfaces exceptionally annoying, and cats will avoid scratching any place so uninviting.  And don’t worry about having unsightly tape stuck to your favorite couch - Sticky Paws are nearly invisible to the human eye.


SUPPLY A GOOD SCRATCHING POST


You also need to provide your cat with an acceptable place to scratch.  A good scratching post provides and ideal alternative to your furniture.  Cats love to scratch right when they wake up, so place this lightweight, portable scratcher next to your cat’s favorite sleeping spot to encourage use.

To encourage scratching in appropriate places, praise and reward your kitty with treats every time you see her using her scratching post, and not your furniture.


WHAT ABOUT DECLAWING?


Declawing is a surgical procedure, also called onychectomy, in which the animal's toes are amputated at the last joint.  Most people do not realize that a portion of the bone - not only nail - is removed. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications. It is actually illegal in many countries. For more information about declawing, please go to www.pawproject.org.


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