If there is one complaint that most cat owners have about their beloved feline friends it is their constant habit of scratching things they shouldn't be scratching. While you can't always stop them from this habit, after all it is in their nature, there are a few cat supplies you can get to try and save your furniture and other valuable items from becoming a victim of a scratching frenzy.
The right toys to scratch
The first way to keep your kitten from getting in trouble by digging it's claws into everything in your home is to give it the right cat supplies to scratch. You should purchase scratch pads or posts for your cat, so it has something appropriate to use for a nail workout. One important thing to keep in mind is that you choose a scratching platform that is the right size for your cat. Your cat should be able to stretch to its full capacity when using the scratching item you have purchased. Often a way to take care of this need is to purchase a cat tree piece of furniture that is tall enough for your cat to stretch out and scratch and also has a place for your cat to climb, play and even curl up and sleep. This is a way to take care of two necessary cat supplies in one shot.
Water bottle or gun
Cats need to scratch. That's just a fact of life. It's the way they trim their own nails. But what they scratch is something you can have a little control over. While some people scold or even try to spank cats to stop them from scratching items they should not be scratching, a better way is to have a deterrent that your cat doesn't like, but is not harmful. This is where water bottles and water guns come in. these simple cat supplies can go a long way towards convincing your cat there are better things to claw in the house. Once your cat starts to dig at something it is not supposed to, a quick squirt of water in the face will change its mind.
Soft Claws Instead of Declawing
Another option is to make sure that when your cat decides to claw something that it won't do any damage. Some people consider declawing a cat to reach this end, but many doctors and humane societies say this is not a humane way to treat your pet. Additionally, if your cat ever goes outside, it will have no defenses against another animal. Instead, consider making your cat's sharp claws softer. One of the greatest cat supplies in recent memory is called soft claws. These are plastic tips that can be put on your cats nails and turn them into soft plastic, non-scratching, tips. Think of it as press on nails for cats. The trick with these is that they take a little work to get on. You should ideally start when your cat is young, and train them to get used to the process of putting the nails on and keeping them on.
Author Jennifer Akre is an owner of a wide variety of online specialty shops that offer both items and information on how you can easily furnish and decorate your space. Whether it's your living, bedroom, or even your deck or patio, there are many tips you can use to make those spots both functional and beautiful. Today, she offers advice on how to create a fabulous pet area by using elegant cat furniture and gorgeous dog furniture that rivals your own or adds to your decor rather than blighting it.