You can live harmoniously alongside your cat with claws and still maintain nice furniture by understanding a bit more about your cat’s natural behaviors, and enriching your home with items your cat can scratch. Let’s learn more about your cat’s amazing body.
Why Do Cats Have Claws?
Your domestic cat has maintained their instincts of their wild ancestors. Cats’ claws are physically unique and serve several functions. The forelimb claws are retractable and allow her to expose or retract her nails as needed.
Why Do Cats Scratch Inanimate Objects?
Scratching is a natural, normal, and necessary behavior for your cat. Your cat does not scratch to upset you or spitefully damage your furniture. Scratching is a form of communication and often your cat will scratch during times of stress and anxiety.
Best Practices for Living with a Clawed Cat
Living alongside a cat with claws can be an adjustment, especially if you are unfamiliar or a first time cat caregiver.
What Makes an Ideal Scratching Surface?
Each cat prefers different scratching surfaces. To determine which your cat prefers, offer an assortment of scratching options, in a wide variety of locations.
Is your cat scratching an unwanted surface? Is your cat’s scratching increasing in frequency?
Train Your Cat to Scratch Appropriately
Yes, you can train your cat to scratch certain, approved items and train them not to scratch others.