Managing Your Cat’s Inappropriate Scratching


Your cat scratches to remove the old, worn layers of her nails to reveal new, sharp ones. She also scratches to mark her territory using scent from glands in her feet. You may never eliminate your cat’s scratching but you can work to protect your personal items such as the sofa, drapes or carpeting. Purchase scratching posts and place them near your targeted personal items. Redirect her to the scratching posts whenever she starts to scratch your personal items. Don’t make a fuss about it. Just pick her up and move her. Praise her whenever she goes to the scratching posts on her own. Cover your targeted items with aluminum foil or double-sided tape when they are not in use. These materials feel weird to your cat’s feet and will deter her from scratching your items. Never yell at your cat or punish her while she is learning. For more information, contact your Isle of Palms, SC veterinarian.

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