Destructive Scratching in Cats
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How do I get my cat to stop destroying things?
All cats scratch, but some can become quite destructive, causing a lot of frustration for owners and raising the question of whether it is really possible to share a home with a particular cat. In fact, scratching is one of the main reasons cats get their nails clipped, abandoned, or taken to shelters. Cat lovers are often faced with a dilemma when they also love their beautiful furniture and thick, plush rugs. No one wants to live with tattered, tattered arms and sofa curtains, or upturned carpet cords, but few of us are willing to give up on our cats.
Why do cats scratch each other?
Scratching is completely normal cat behavior and is almost never a sign that your cat is angry or upset. Instead, cats scratch because:
- They mark their territory using both their claws and the scent glands on their paws.
- They exercise their feet and claws (and stretch their bodies at the same time)
- They are full of energy and have fun
- They remove dead layers of tissue called sheaths from their claws.
While it is possible to remove a cat's nails, it has been deemed unnecessary and even `` ethically controversial '' by several well-known veterinary organizations, including the American Association of Feline Professionals (AAFP) and the American Association of Animal Hospitals (AAHA).
This is because nail trimming is optional (unnecessary) and can be painful for cats because it removes a piece of bone from your cat's paws. It can also have long-term repercussions, such as pain, nerve damage, or infection. It is much better to look for alternatives to scratching that can help you coexist with your cat. Cats can be trained to scratch properly while keeping their claws to a minimum length.
- Cut the claws. You can buy cat clippers from your local vet, and they are generally easier to use than human clippers. Start with a relaxed, sleepy cat, sharp nail clippers, and a good light source for best results. Hold your cat firmly on your lap and tie him up one paw at a time. Press down on the paw pad and your cat's claws will stretch out. Simply cut off the sharp, hooked portion of the claw, being careful not to cut through the raw meat.
- Determine where and what your cat likes to scratch. Each cat has its own preferences; By observing your cat, you can determine what type of surface it likes to scratch and where it tends to do the most damage. You can then reproduce similar surfaces and scratchers in similar places to attract your cat to acceptable areas to scratch.
- Eliminate the temptation. Wash, cover and/or move items that your cat normally scratches to make them less accessible and less attractive.
- Consider the rewards and the consequences. It is always better to reward your cat for good behavior rather than offering consequences for bad behavior. Scratching treats in the right places can be very effective. Only if absolutely necessary, consider using a bottle or some other consequence to teach your cat to stay away from certain areas.
About draft posts
Like humans, cats need exercise, and scratching posts are a perfect size. Cats stretch and pull on scratching surfaces to loosen their bodies, as well as to "sharpen" their claws (by removing the sheaths that cover them). Be generous with scratching posts - Cats love it and need a variety of surfaces and planes, so spread some around the house.
Each cat should have several scratching posts of different sizes, angles, and surfaces. Scratchers are essential for cats, for necessary exercise, stress relief, and scratch management, and will also prevent wear and tear on furniture and carpets. With scratching posts, the cost is not necessarily a factor, as inexpensive corrugated pads are a favorite with some cats.
There are many different options for scratching posts and ideally, you will be able to select one that matches your cat's preferences. Some are covered with thick carpet, some with corrugated cardboard, and some with sisal (a natural fiber). Some tips to consider:
- It is good to buy a cheap scraper; There really is no need to buy expensive towers.
- Place the scratching post in the same place your cat scratched before.
- If your cat likes catnip, rub the scratching post a little to attract your pet.
- When your cat uses the scratching post, reward him with treats, kind words, and hugs.
How to avoid scratches
Cats need to scratch; it is an ingrained need to help maintain your primary source of defense and develop strong nerve muscles and connective tissue.
Destructive scratches need not be a problem if you recognize and respect this need for scratching and provide acceptable alternatives to your furniture. You can also trim the claws, use soft nail covers, and use other means to deter destructive scratches.
Enjoy The Video Tutorial about How to Stop Your Cats From Scratching Furniture
Source: Jackson Galaxy
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