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Managing Your Cat’s Inappropriate Scratching

Your cat will scratch to remove old worn layers of her nails to reveal sharp new ones. She will also scratch to mark her territory with scent from glands in her feet. Thus, you may never completely eliminate your cat’s scratching but you can manage her inappropriate scratching of your personal items. Trim your cat’s nails to dull her weapons so she does less damage when scratching. Position scratching posts near your targeted items such as the sofa, carpets and drapes. Encourage your cat to use the posts and praise her when she uses them on her own. Cover your targeted items with strips of aluminum foil or double-sided tape when not in use. These materials feel weird to your cat’s feet and will deter her from scratching there. Soon your cat will learn that scratching your personal belongings is not allowed. Learn more from your pet clinic Michigan City, IN.

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