Everyone wonder why the cats scratch everything in site.
Do you the reason why the cats scratch?
The reason why the cats scratch is the cats are sharpening claws and ridding the outer layer of old claw is one reason. After the cats have been declawed, they could continue to go though the motion of clawing.
On the paw pad are scent glands, that will rub off the scent as they claw or scratch on an item.
Once the cats does claw or scratch on the item other cats will come to smell the scent left and can have the tendency to scratch the same item to have their scent on the item. When you finding the couch or other item scratched or clawed this is when the cat is exercising.
Redirection and proper scratching post or trees will help with the exercising or energy that the cats have.
A rope can offer a stable item for the cats to scratch and claw on. Purchasing a scratch post or tree that is sturdy enough for the cats and will not be easy tip over when the cats are scratching or clawing at the tree. Making sure, the scratching post or tree is high enough for the cats to reach and be able to scratch and claw.
The ways to rid the scent of the cats:
Rubbing orange peel or lemon on the fabric or surface of the item can help with scratching or claw the item. Using a commercial cat repellent is another way to rid the scent on your items. The cats do not like plastic, covering your furniture with plastic till, the cat starts to use the post, or tree will help.
Communicating with the cats with soft words as “no kitty you are not to scratch that, this is not the place”. Then taking the cats to the scratching area and showing them this is the place to scratch will help with the redirecting the energy of the cats. Rubbing the cats paw on the post will help leaving the scent of the cat on there so they know that this is a place to scratch.
Scratching is a natural to a cat as it is for them to breathe. With gentle guides, redirection, telling the cat not to scratch on the item the cat will soon leave the furniture and couch alone.
Nail grooming the cats is also important especially with older cats and inactive cats that sleep most the time. These types of the cats are usually in a curled up position with the paws tucked under them and this can cause the nails to curl. Trimming the nails is just an import to help with training the cats.
If you are uncertain about trimming the nails on the cats, call the groomers. Groomers, who have been trained to trim and cut nails on the cats, taking the cats when the nails are in need of grooming, can also gives the cats a good chance to get out of the house for the socializing that it need.
Treats are another import thing when training the cats. Giving a treat to the cats for good behavior warrants the cats to continue the behavior. Treats and food on the other hand should be use when the cats want something, like attention from the owner.
Excessive meowing is another time you do not want to give the cats a treat. Treating the cats is a way of saying they are doing a great job. A reward, with rewarding with the bad behaviors will lead the cats to continue them.
Simple treats as live treats are a good treat for the cats. Most of the cats like the taste of liver and with the small treat; this will not over feed the cats. Once the behavior is in control, you will want to decrease the times that the cats get a treat for the behavior until the cats is doing it with a treat.
This is so that you will be able to use the treat for training for the cats with other unwanted behaviors. With knowing t the cats taste of the treat and that with good things they are doing, the next training will be a non stressful on the cats.
Training the cats to not to scratch everything in site can be a great experience for you and the cats. With the proper training and love, communication you will be on your way to the next training behavior.