By Eve Woodall. Cat Scratch. Published at Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 - 20:57:33 PM.
There are almost innumerable shapes, colors, styles, height and additions. They may have built in swinging platforms, hanging ropes or other toys, stairs, tunnels and the number of 'trunks' and 'limbs' can vary widely. Obviously, the more cats you have the more places on your tree you will want. (Or you may opt for multiple trees.) Colors can be chosen to offset or compliment your color scheme; and shapes can even include looking like an actual tree or the castle at Camelot.
Cat trees also have shelves or hidey-holes from which your kitties can watch the world. If you have a clowder [or 'herd'], they will each usually pick their favorite spot on the tree, with the more dominant ones mostly at the top. Cat climbing trees also allow the daily 'crazies' to go vertical as well, with the added benefit (at least in my experience) that they burn off more energy and the crazies don't last as long.
Next, you are gong to need to entice your cat to use the scratching post. To do this, you can rub catnip all over it. The scent will spark your fur balls curiosity. Soon after he or she shows interest, the scratching should begin. If your cat is not fond of catnip, you can put some other treats on top of the post and get the same outcome. For the first week or so, every time you notice your cat is using the post, be sure to positively reinforce the behavior. Give him or her a treat, and verbally praise him or her. A quick stroke is also a great way for you to show your cat that the behavior is acceptable to you.
All cats and kittens are compelled to scratch as part of their natural behavior. Scratching is beneficial because it allows them to shed the sheaths of their claws and to stretch. You must provide at least one good quality scratching post. If your cat does not have a scratching post to use, he may resort to scratching your furniture or cabinets. In a multiple cat household, each cat should have his own scratching post.
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