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!