April 2012 Issue

How to Curb Destructive Scratching

Redirecting your cat’s natural behavior will require a two-pronged approach. Here’s some expert advice.

Not long after you’ve invested in new furniture, your cat picks her favorite spot. And it’s not where she wants to take a nap, either. It’s the place she’s chosen to give herself a pedicure, and soon that beautiful new sofa looks like it’s gone through a shredder. You may notice your cat using her nails when she first gets up and stretches or suddenly stop to sink her nails into the wall-to-wall carpeting as she crosses a room. She may scratch at the end of a burst of energy after playing with her favorite toy. Fabrics, carpet, wood, cardboard — anything in your house made of materials your cat can sink her nails into can ultimately become a target for her clawing.

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