Scratching and Your Cat
Scratching is a natural grooming behavior that keeps your cat’s claws in good shape and is another way cats mark their territory. Unfortunately, it can also ruin your furniture and destroy your home.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
To prevent the development of bad scratching habits, get a scratching post when you get a cat. Keep lots of your cat’s toys near it and put it in a place your cat likes, such as a favorite window or in the family room. You can also rub catnip into the post or put a catnip ball at the top. If you make your own scratching post, many cats like loosely woven material they can hook their claws into like hemp. An alternative to a scratching post is a carpeted climbing tree which many cats enjoy. Climbing trees also provide your cat with an outlet for exercise and games.