Provide Proper Scratching Posts
Make sure your feline pal has suitable scratching posts. Cats like to stretch while they are doing their nails, so choose something that is tall enough to allow your kitty to stretch out to her full length. It’s also important to pick something sturdy, as Fluffy may become wary of a scratching post that wobbles. Cat towers are a great option.
Curb Bad Petiquette
While it can be annoying to find your pet attacking your armchair, you should never punish Fluffy for scratching inappropriately. Those little claws are crucial to cats’ survival in the wild, so our feline friends have a very deep, instinctive urge to take care of them. If you punish your kitty for following her instincts, you may just confuse or frighten her.
As mentioned above, punishment isn’t a very good way to teach Fluffy better manners. Bribery, on the other hand, can be quite effective. Offer your feline friend toys, treats, and catnip near her scratching post. If you see her using it, pet her and praise her, and tell her she’s being a good kitty. Cats love compliments!
Trickery is also very effective at getting Fluffy to abandon bad habits. Try putting clear, two-sided tape down on the corners of the couch or sofa where your kitty is scratching. Chances are, your cat will hate the sticky feeling, and look for another nail-care station. You can also try squirting your feline buddy with water when she scratches inappropriately. Blocking off your pet’s favorite scratching spots can also help.
If you aren’t having any luck, consider clipping your kitty’s claws. This is painless and temporary. (Note: we don’t recommend this if you let your cat go outside, as kitties that go outdoors need their nails for defense.) Claw caps, which are fake nails for felines, can also help. Ask your vet for more information.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Pleasanton, CA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!