Just because pets are a part of your family doesn’t mean that you need to let them get away with scratching the furniture. Follow these guidelines to keep your cats happy, and your furniture scratch free.
Give Your Cat Options
Your cat may only dine on imported salmon from the West coast, but this pickiness does not extend to stretching their nails. If your furniture is the only area suitable for scratching, then your cat is more likely to leave its mark. Providing alternatives is the key to getting them to kick the habit.
Size is an important consideration when choosing the perfect scratching post. Cats prefer to stretch out when the scratch, so a tiny pole half the size of your feline friend won’t curb bad scratching etiquette. Pick something that is large enough for them to climb up onto their hind legs when they scratch. Or, if you don’t want an oversized carpeted post in your living room, try a cardboard scratching box found at any pet store. These scratch boxes are generally sold with catnip, which has the added benefit of getting your cat interested in the new scratching box immediately.
Location, Location, Location
As tempting as it is to store the scratcher in an out of the way place, your cat will not appreciate it. Since your cat is an exhibitionist, it does him no good if his hard work is hidden away in a closet somewhere. Put your scratching post in high traffic areas where your cat likes to hang out. At first, you may want to put it near the furniture that you are trying to spare, and then move it away as your cat acclimates to it. Additionally, it is in your best interest to give your cat more than one scratching option. Woe is the cat that has to walk into another room to relieve their scratch, so if you can, put an option in every room your cat spends time. Then the next time your cat is looking for something to claw at, the answer will be right in front of them!
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