Published at Thursday, February 15th, 2018 - 07:22:59 AM. . By Alexa Parr.
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!).
Cats also scratch to leave their scent via their paw pads. One problem with most traditional scratching posts is they are not tall enough for the cat to really stretch up while scratching; and even if they are tall enough, the cat would likely pull it over on itself if it tried. Anyone who owns cats knows how much they like to stretch their muscles. Cat climbing trees not only address these issues, but also typically combine textures, such as carpet, sisal, burlap and sometimes unfinished wood. This allows the cat to choose what type of surface it wants to work on.
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