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Fluffy’s Scratching Habits

Is your cat leaving claw marks on your furniture? If so, you are definitely in good company. Kitties are very charming, but their nail-care routines aren’t exactly winning points with their humans. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses teaching Fluffy a better peticure regimen.

Provide A Nail-Care Station

Make sure Fluffy has a suitable scratching post or board. Cat towers are a great choice. Just make sure that your cat’s manicure station doesn’t wobble. It should also be tall enough for her to stretch while she does her nails.

Stopping Bad Habits

Never punish Fluffy for scratching. Cats have a strong, instinctive need to care for their claws. After all, they depend on those little claws for survival out in the wild! Since your pet is just obeying her natural instincts, she won’t understand what she did wrong. Instead, when you see your furry pal scratching, squirt her with water, or make a loud noise. Chances are, your kitty will abandon her manicure and hightail it for her favorite hiding spot.

Encouraging Good Petiquette

It’s important to reward your furball for behaving properly. When you see your feline friend using her scratching post, praise her and compliment her, and tell her she’s being a good kitty. You may want to offer her toys and treats as well. Cats are definitely not opposed to being bribed! Sprinkling catnip on and around Fluffy’s scratching post can also help.

Blocking Old Nail-Care Stations

If Fluffy is scratching a sofa or couch, try putting clear, two-sided tape down in the area she is scratching. It won’t show, but your furry little diva will hate the sticky feeling, and will likely look for another nail-care station. You can also use a potted plant or an end table to make it harder for your kitty to reach her favorite spot.

Tips

If you aren’t having any success with the above methods, consider having your vet clip Fluffy’s claws. This is painless and temporary, but will protect your furniture. We don’t suggest this for cats that are allowed outside, however: they need their nails for defense. Claw caps, which are basically fake nails for kitties, are another option. Ask your vet for more information.

Please call Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON pet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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