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Cats And Their Claws

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

cat-scratching-carpet-floorIf you haven’t already, you’ll want to get a regular routine going so your kitty knows where she’s supposed to put her claws. You can even reward her when she scratches where you want her to scratch.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for any “bad behavior” climbing and scratching where you don’t want her to be. And if she gets a bit too loose with her scratching and climbing, you may need to do some redirection by picking her up and taking her to where you want her to scratch. Be consistent with your redirection and make sure to praise her or to give her some treats for using the post like you want.

Some behaviorists suggest that you confine your cat while you’re waiting for her to “get with the program” where she’s doing your bidding by scratching where you want her to. Of course, the confinement would not be without play, food, water, litter box activities. And you’d be supervising the activity so you can gradually release your kitty from the confinement.

I have also come to realize that two of my kits are ground dwellers (Brody and Christopher) and two are tree dwellers (Hope and Phillip). Cat trees and cat perches are especially useful for cats that like to climb. The ground dwellers are more inclined to like the floor toys and scratchers.

Thankfully, so far, none of my four even looks at the draperies! Brody even finds it difficult to get up onto the couch; although he can jump up and I’ve seen him walk across the back of the couch. It just isn’t a common activity for him, thankfully.

Yours in directing your kitty’s claws,

and “The Boys and the Gurrl”

P.S. While we’re talking cat scratchers and where the claws ought to go, here’s a scratcher with catnip that might interest your kitty.

Photo source: Commons.Wikimedia

Cat Claws Go Here!

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

cat-scratching-carpet-floorWith the addition of my “new furmily”, all with claws, I have had to make some adjustments in how I interact with them. (My arms and legs, especially, are looking like road maps so I suppose I ought to consider more changes where the “kits” are concerned. Even the top of my head and my face have not been exempt from a claw scratch or two!)

While I do have numerous objects around the house they can use for their scratching activities, like the corrugated cardboard track toy (with a ball in the track), and the sisal rope scratcher, and another corrugated cardboard post, it seems the carpet and the sides of the living room couch are more of a draw for them.

Hope does like to reach out and stretch up to scratch the side of any cardboard box that happens to be in her sight.

So I’ve taken to just leaving a box or two around so she has easy access to them.

Of course, you can also purchase a cat tree as most of them have the carpet or rope as part of their design.

For your part, you can put the cat tree or other scratching device near where your kitty hangs out when sleeping so she’ll have easy access when she awakes.

More tips on how to guide your cat’s claws are here. Take a look. (more…)

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