By Aliza Seals. Cat Scratch. Published at Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 - 04:47:42 AM.
Cats also use scratching to communicate and as a way to mark territory. Unfortunately for cat owners, carpets, chairs and couches are perfect for scratching - so how can people have cats in the house yet still protect their furniture? Declawing will prevent a kitty from scratching furniture, but this is an extremely cruel practice. Some people mistakenly believe that claws serve no more purpose than a person's fingernails. In reality, because a cat's claws are an integral part of their paw, removing them is similar to cutting off a person's fingers at the first knuckle!
If you notice that your cat is still using your furniture as a scratching post, you will need to modify this behavior. One way to do this is to sharply and firmly say 'scratch' as you are redirecting your cat towards the acceptable scratching post. If this does not seem to work, you can use a spray bottle. Putting the bottle on mist, one squirt should do the trick. Your cat should take off running away from the unacceptable location. As soon as he or she goes back to your furniture, again squirt once and firmly say 'scratch' as you are pointing in the appropriate location.
Cats love to scratch. This is a well-known fact amongst cat owners and can be a source of headache for people who are tired of having their living room furniture destroyed. But why do cats scratch and what can be done about it? Scratching is a natural and instinctive behavior for cats and it serves several purposes. First, it helps to keep the claws in good condition as it helps to remove the dead, outer layer of the claw - think of it like exfoliation for cats. Also, by digging its claws into something, this enables a cat to fully stretch it muscles (which is, apparently, very important after a long, hard day of lying around doing nothing!).
A Carpet Square or remnant at least 16 inches square – You can get either from a home improvement or flooring store. A pencil, A staple gun or strong double-sided tape, Two (2) 3-inch wood screws, A straight edge, An electric drillscrew driver with bits and driver heads, A saw, Sand paper, Eye and ear protection. Optional: Sisal cord rope from a home improvement store. Sisal comes in a variety of widths. The wider the rope, the longer it will last. You’ll need approximately 50 feet of rope.
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