Some people attempt to prevent a cat from scratching by using a water pistol or by shouting at it. This does little to prevent a cat from scratching because, as mentioned, scared cats tend to scratch for comfort. If your cat is less timid and is scratching to gain attention, it is likely that it is going to feel rewarded by you giving it extra attention. Instead you should prevent your home furnishings from getting scratched by encouraging your cat to use a cat scratching post.

What to look for in a cat scratching post

Before cats were domesticated they liked to climb trees – a trait which they have kept to this day. Good cat scratching posts are designed as cat trees, with platform tiers and a wooden trunk as you can see from these tips for cats. Comfortable hammock-like levels encourage your cat to relax there and use the cat scratching post more. It is important to choose a cat scratch post which is as attractive as possible to your cat so it chooses to scratch it rather than elsewhere.

Ensure that your cat scratch post is made from animal-friendly natural materials, wood will appeal to your cat’s instinct to climb trees and sisal rope is a hardwearing scratching material. A good cat scratching post will even be available in different colors to match your decor. Therefore cat trees are an effective way to manage cat scratching in the home – benefiting animals and humans alike.

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