Curtailing Your Cat’s Inappropriate Scratching

Your cat will scratch to remove the 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. This marking leaves a visual sign too. You may not completely eliminate your cat’s inappropriate scratching but you can reduce the destruction of your personal belongings. Trim your cat’s nails regularly to lessen the damage she can do when scratching the curtains, sofa, carpeting, and other items. Put scratching posts near your targeted items and encourage your cat to use them. Praise and reward her if she uses them on her own. Don’t make a fuss if she scratches inappropriately. And never punish or yell at your cat while she is learning. Just redirect to the posts when needed and eventually your cat will get the message that scratching your things is not allowed. Contact your veterinarian Eau Claire, WI to learn more.


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