By Amya Greenfield. Cat Scratch. Published at Wednesday, May 09th, 2018 - 03:28:35 AM.
To ensure your pet will actually use the scratcher, many contain scents that cats like which are released when scratched. You can also put a little catnip or catnip scent on the scratcher which will encourage your cat to scratch it rather than your furniture. With this, your kitty will be able to scratch happily to her heart's content and you won't have to worry about your new couch!
DIY scratch prepping screws - Center the log on the top of the base and finish driving the screws home until the log is secured. Your scratcher is ready for action. Consider placing gripper furniture pads on the bottom to protect the flooring in your home. DIY scratch attaching log - Initially, your cat may be tentative to the presence of this new element to your home. So be patient and reward to reinforce positive interactions until he or she gets the hang of it.
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.
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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