May 2011 Issue

How to Curb Destructive Scratching

Itís your catís natural instinct ó but there are ways to redirect the behavior and safeguard your furniture. Hereís how.

Just days after youíve invested in new furniture, your cat decides she really loves it, too. Itís the place sheís chosen to give herself a pedicure, and soon the arms of that beautiful new sofa look like theyíve gone through a shredder. You may notice your cat flexing 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 ó there are numerous materials in your house that can soon become a target for your catís clawing.

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