Spare your furniture by placing a scratching post in the house

Does your cat scratch not only the stair carpet, but also your cushions, curtains and your beautiful wood furniture? Not to worry, there are ways to bring your cat round without shouting yourself hoarse and throwing toy mice at it.

The fact that your cat scratches everywhere is not wrong in itself. It does that to keep its nails razor-sharp. And also to spread its scent. Cats have scent glands in the pads of their feet. By scratching they literally mark out their territory. All that paw-work has other benefits too: it serves to stretch the muscles and even to work off stress.

Scratching is very natural, which also means that your cat will never unlearn it. But you can teach your cat not to wreck your skirting boards.

Scratching is very natural, which also means that your cat will never unlearn it.

The plant spray

The plant spray serves to get pets to unlearn all sorts of undesirable behaviour. If your cat is hanging in your curtains, spray some water in its direction as punishment. The plant spray has a deterrent effect. But of course this remedy is effective only when you're home and you catch your little darling in the act. Because once the owner's out of the house, the cat will scratch the sofa to its heart's content. Punishing alone is insufficient to put an end to the scratching. So reward your cat also when it does things right: this has a motivating effect.

If you bring a cat into your house, a scratching post is a must.

The scratching post

If you bring a cat into your house, a scratching post is a must. Place it somewhere easily accessible, best close to where it sleeps. Buy a solid one, and long enough for Minny to stretch fill length. Sisal usually works well as a base material, with cardboard as an alternative if your cat has a penchant for wallpaper. Also keep in mind the shape: some cats love to climb up the post and hang horizontally, others prefer it low, at floor level.

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