Inappropriate Scratching and Your Cat

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Your cat scratches to remove 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. Thus you may never completely eliminate your cat’s scratching but you can work to prevent damage to your personal belongings such as your sofa, drapes or carpeting. Provide your cat with scratching posts and position them near your targeted belongings. Encourage your cat to use these posts. Whenever she goes to scratch your things, move her to the nearest scratching post without fuss. Reward and praise her if she goes to the post on her own. Cover your targeted items with aluminum foil or double-sided tape when not in use. These materials feel weird and will deter your cat from scratching there. Never yell at your cat or punish her while she is learning. For more information, contact your Niagara, ON veterinarian.

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