Scratching Posts For Cats


A cat’s claws on both the front and rear paws have several important functions. Front claws are used to scratch on surfaces as well as hold their prey. On the other hand, rear claws are mainly used for climbing and scratching itchy parts of the body. Both its front and rear claws are also excellent weapons of offense and defense.

Like fingernails, a cat’s claws don’t stop growing throughout their entire lifetime. Scratching on surfaces is one way of keeping them trimmed. While running their claws on surfaces, old claw sheaths are removed or pulled off to reveal sharp new claws underneath.

Cats scratch instinctively on any surface. Having a scratching post or two will give your indoor cat a ‘legal’ surface to scratch on and encourage him to engage in this natural feline behavior, while saving your furniture, carpet, etc. from your pet’s sharp claws.

Your Fox Chapel, PA veterinarian is an important source of information about your pet’s health and wellbeing. Learn more here.

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