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Cat's will scratch, give them an alternative

images-5.jpgWell, we've established that scratching is an instinctive feline behavior and stopping your cat from scratching can get you into trouble. Your cat will continue to scratch whether you want him to or not. So it's a good idea to give him an alternative to scratching your furniture.

A scratching post works wonders, but it has to be made of a material that interests your cat. They are made from carpet, wood, cardboard and sisal and they all have different textures. Finding the one that works best for your cat can get expensive, but it is worth it in the end. images-3.jpg

Neo loves his plain old carpet scratching post, he naps up there and then gets up, scratches and gets a little stretch in there too. I have a friend whose cat will only scratch cardboard and my sister's cats love sisal. If you are trying to figure out which one your cat likes, all I can say is trial and error.

Bring one of each home and let your cat sniff and get used to them all, it won't take long for you to see which one he likes. Hopefully, there is a good return policy at the store you got them from!

Whatever you decide to get for your cat, it is always a good idea to trim your cat's claws. If you do it regularly and make it fun but giving him treats after, he will learn to tolerate the experience. If you're not sure how to trim your cat's claws, watch this video.

Declawing is never the right answer, your cat needs to scratch and will even do so after his claws have been removed. But it's a very sad sight to see a declawed cat trying to scratch. If you do choose to declaw, expect behavior problems far worse than scratching furniture.

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