Is your feline buddy using your sofa as a manicure station? Is Fluffy shredding your carpet? Kitties are adorable and lovable pets, but these cute furballs do have a few habits that aren’t very popular with their humans. Read on as an East College Park, Saskatchewan vet offers tips on teaching your kitty better scratching habits.
First things first: if you don’t want your furry little diva scratching up your carpet or furniture, you’ll need to provide her with a suitable nail care station. In the wild, trees make perfect scratching posts for cats. (They also make great lookouts and napping spots, but that’s beside the point.) For indoor kitties, you can get a scratching post or wall tower. Pick something that is tall enough to let Fluffy stretch to her full length when she’s doing her nails. Make sure it’s nice and sturdy: your feline pal may become wary of a wobbly tower or post, and avoid it. If you want to save money, look online for great DIY ideas.
If Fluffy is scratching the corner of a wall, chair, or sofa, put clear two-sided tape down in that spot. Your pet will hate the sticky feeling! You can also block your kitty’s access to her chosen spot by putting something there.
Never punish your feline friend for scratching improperly, even if she did just mar your new sofa. Kitties have a strong instinctive urge to take care of their claws, so Fluffy may not understand that she did something wrong. Instead, if you see your furry pal scratching where she shouldn’t, clap your hands, tell her no, or squirt her with water. It’s also important to reward your furball with treats, praise, and compliments for using her cat tower or scratching post.
No luck? Consider clipping your pet’s claws, which is a painless and temporary solution. (We only recommend this for indoor cats, as cats that go outside need their claws for defense.) You can also ask your vet about using claw caps, which are basically fake nails for kitties. Fluffy can even sport fashionable colors, like red or purple!
Please reach out to us, your local East College Park, Saskatchewan pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to providing excellent care!