Once your cat is using the scratching post you have provided you can teach him/her that other things are off limits. A well placed motion detector alarm works wonders to stop cats from scratching where it is not welcome. As soon as the cat walks up to the sofa or chair – the alarm sounds and the cat soon learns that it is not safe to scratch those areas.
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Once you understand that your cat needs to scratch in many places throughout the house, it becomes much easier to understand that you need more than one scratching post and understand where to place them. Your cat doesn’t need a post in a closet where no one goes.
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Unlike other scratching posts, the Hagan Catit 52411, lies flat and wide on the ground. Its corrugated cardboard surface allows cats to remove dead layers from their claws as they scratch, and the product includes a small bag of catnip for training them to use the board.
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Reward your cat with a special treat! At a small cost, you can grow your own catnip, with enough to supply the whole neighborhood, make a home-made scratch post so your cat doesn’t claw your furniture, and make cat toys out of things you already have in your house.Some cats prefer vertical surfaces and some prefer horizontal surfaces. A good bet is to buy an inexpensive flat corrugated cardboard scratcher, available almost anywhere, and have it available (as well as a cat post).Okay, you do not want Cleo to damage your furniture, but scratching is natural and instinctive for cats as it helps them shed layers of claw sheaths, stretch and flex their muscles. Since your can cannot stifle their own desire to scratch, provide an ideal object of desire–a good scratching post.The scratching post should be sturdy, not shaky, and tall enough so your cat can raise its paws above its head and stretch its body while digging its claws into the surface. It should also have a strong base that will not tip when they scratch.The surface of the scratching post should be covered with a rough, tough material–sisal, hemp or something similarly nubby. Carpet does not satisfy most cats, and can confuse them because they will not be allowed to scratch the carpet on the floor of your home.Introduce your cat to the post, it helps to sprinkle a little catnip onto its surface. () This will interest your cat to the post. Call your cat or kitten to the post in a pleasant and encouraging tone. Stand over the post and pat it calling your cat by name. Try rubbing or scratching the post with your nails. Stroke your cat’s back and follow through to the tail, applying slight pressure. This motion causes many cats to raise their front paws to the post. Many cats do not like if you forcibly put their paws on the post, but some cats will tolerate it. Be audibly pleased even if your cat only comes up and inspects the post. You want the cat to take full possession of the post, so never remove it or obstruct access to it. Another trick to interest your cat in the post is dangling a toy such as a ‘Cat Dancer’ over it. When they lunge at the toy, their paws will land on the textured surface and they will just naturally dig in. Then they will discover that the post has great scratching potential.