Published at Monday, March 19th, 2018 - 10:46:57 AM. . By Meredith Wendt.
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!).
Exercise and Play - Accessories like dangling mice, spring balls and hanging ropes provide hours of entertainment. Some tress with multiple levels, ladders and ramps are aptly labeled "kitty gyms." These are great for homes with multiple cats that love chasing each other and playing hide and seek. Where to Find Them - Basic models of cat tree houses can be purchased at pet stores, but if you want to give your feline a little more to explore, you can find many models available from online stores that specialize in cat furniture. Ranging in price from $40 to $400 you're sure to find a model that's right for you, your cat and your space.
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