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Teaching Your Cat Good Scratching Petiquette

Does your cat have a habit of using your sofa as a nail-care station? While Fluffy may look very pleased with herself when she’s doing her nails, her human buddies aren’t usually particularly impressed by her manicure habits. We are here to help! Read on as a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet offers tips on teaching your furball better petiquette.

Fluffy’s Nail Care Station

Choosing the right scratching post is very important! Cats often like to stretch their muscles while they scratch, so pick something tall enough for your feline pal to ‘stand’ for her peticure. Make sure your furry pal’s nail-care station is sturdy. Fluffy may become wary of a wobbly post or cat tower! Sprinkle catnip around the scratching post to make it a little more enticing for your furball.

Stopping Bad Habits

You should never punish your cat for scratching… even if she did just scratch your brand-new couch. Cats have a very deep natural instinct to care for their claws. This makes perfect sense, as in the wild, our furry buddies rely on their claws for self-defense, hunting, and climbing to safety. What you can do is redirect your kitty towards a suitable scratching station. To do this, you want to make her form a bad association with her current spot. When you see your kitty scratching improperly, make a loud noise or squirt her with water. Your feline overlord will not be pleased, and may seek a different area. It’s also important to reward your pet when she does scratch properly. Offer Fluffy praise, treats, and toys for using her scratching post. It also won’t hurt to tell your furball that she’s the best, cutest cat in the world. Kitties are suckers for compliments!

If All Else Fails…

If you aren’t having any luck, consider putting claw caps on your feline buddy. These are painless and temporary, just like fake nails for people. Your furry little diva can even sport fashionable colors, like pink or red! Another option is to simply give Fluffy a peticure, and clip her nails. (Note: we don’t recommend this for cats that go outdoors, as they need their claws for self-defense.) Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your local Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to keeping our feline patients healthy and purring!

Teaching Your Cat Better Scratching Habits

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.

Provide A Good Nail Care Station

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.

Break Bad Habits

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.

Teaching Fluffy Petiquette

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.

Last Resorts

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!