Managing Your Cat's Inappropriate Scratching

Your cat scratches to remove old worn layers of her nails to reveal sharp new ones. She also scratches to mark her territory using scent from glands in her feet. This marking leaves a visual marker too. Thus you may never completely eliminate your cat’s scratching but you can manage inappropriate scratching that could ruin your belongings such as the sofa, drapes or carpets. Place scratching posts near your belongings and encourage your cat to use them. Praise her if she goes to the posts on her own. Cover your targeted belongings with aluminum foil strips or double-sided tape when not in use. These materials feel weird to your cat’s feet and will deter her from scratching there. Be patient and never yell at your cat or punish her while she is learning. Soon she will learn that scratching your belongings is not allowed. For more information, contact your North Redington Beach, FL veterinarian. Or make an appointment here:


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