Why your cat needs to scratch

You have a cat in your life who tends to scratch on things around your home. Why does she do this?

It can be easy to think that your pet simply scratches on things in order to mark them up, but this behavior actually stems from a desire for your pet to stay healthy. Your little fur ball scratches to maintain her claws and to help keep them in great shape. It can remove outer portions that are no longer in use, file them down to a working length, and help keep them strong. Your pet knows this, and will take advantage of scratching whenever she can to make sure she is meeting her needs. As a bonus, your pet is able to leave behind visual and scent markers when scratching, allowing others to better understand that the areas that she scratches in are her territory. For additional information, please contact your local Rockville, MD vet.


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