Why it’s important for your cat to scratch

You have a cat at home and you’ve noticed that she tries to scratch on thing around your living space a lot more often than you thought she would. Why is this an important activity for her to take part in?

Your cat needs to be able to scratch in order to meet her needs. In this case, she is making an effort to keep her claws in good shape. She needs to keep them strong by using them, removing older portions that are no longer in good working order, and filing them down regularly. This can help her be continually ready to use them when needed. Scratching also lets your pet stretch and gives her a chance to mark her territory. She can leave behind scratch marks as well as scent markers to alert others to her presence. For more information, please contact your Murrieta, CA vet.


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