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Protect Your Furniture From Scratching Cats

Cats scratch:

· To remove old nail sheaths from the claws
· To exercise and tone muscles
· To relieve stress, frustration and boredom
· To "warm up" for a vigorous play session
· To mark territory

Training tips:

- Place a sisal rope scratching post in a room where the cat spends a lot of time. Cats often like to stretch and scratch when they wake up from a nap.

- To introduce the post to your cat try using catnip as a lure. (For most cats a lure is unnecessary, but fun) Rub catnip onto the sisal material and call the cat over to the post.

- Scratch your nails along the surface of the material. This will attract the cat and at the same time teach him where to scratch. After your cat begins to scratch, praise him and give him a food treat.

- Small kittens can be trained to climb the post by showing them food treats and placing the treats on the top of the post or perch.

- If your cat has already been scratching a piece of furniture, place the post directly in front of it. Temporarily cover the previously scratched areas with a few strips of double-sided carpet tape or clear double-sided tape strips that are designed for this purpose. This will help redirect your cat's scratching activities to the post. By offering a suitable scratching target you are providing a natural outlet for a normal, healthy behavior.

Smart and caring cat owners know that claws are very important to cats. Claws give the cat a sense of security, knowing that their defense system is intact. They also allow the cat to grasp and hold objects as well as establish footing for walking, running, springing, climbing and stretching.

Scratching products are designed to maximize your cat's scratching pleasure by providing an appealing target for territorial marking, exercise, and a playful warm-up.

By regularly trimming your cat's nails and offering a suitable scratching item, you are providing a natural outlet for a normal, happy and healthy behavior and you will be rewarded with a satisfied and confident companion.

Pat Lemmons (aka Miss Kitty) lives in South Texas, has had cats as pets for 10 years. and has a website for quality cat products at discounted prices. Products range from the most recent technological creations of the automatic litter boxes to the best interactive toys for your furry feline. We have unique cat beds, including heated beds, pet carriers and crates, kitty trees and condos, scratching posts and perches, litter boxes and covers, everything for the pampered cat. A portion of every sale is donated monthly to three local animal shelters.

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