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How to Stop Cats Scratching

Cats are wonderful little creatures. They're like little soft toys that move, are alive and have a personality! Unfortunately they often scratch the furniture, and that can be a huge pain. Cats need to scratch - they aren't going to stop. In fact, it's virtually impossible to stamp out scratching, and you aren't going to be able to do so. You can do a few things to help change the habits that the cat is in, so if you want to know how to stop cats scratching, read on:

Trim, trim, trim. One of the reasons that cats scratch is to help keep their claws in good working order. Their claws is basically their only defines mechanism, so it's instinctively important to keep their claws in top condition. If they get too long though, cats will feel a bit uncomfortable, and their claw marks will be even larger then normal! So take your cat down to the vet every now and again and get those claws clipped if they need a clip.

Cat Pole Are Essential. As I said above, you aren't really going to be able to stamp out the behaviour of your cat. What you can do though is to provide your pet with another place to scratch. A strong cat pole, that isn't fluffy, that's made of something that feels rough is the best tool for the job. You might want to get a few if you have a large house. They aren't very expensive, so consider them. Get a pole that's at least as high as the cat standing up on its back legs. If the cat can't fully stretch out, then it isn't going to get the fully benefits of the stretch, and isn't going to be wanting to scratch on your pole. As an example we have a two poles, one small, one large. While both our cats use both poles, it's more likely for the smaller cat to use both poles, and the large cat to go for the one he can fully enjoy.

Reinforce. Again and Again. Yes, it's something that you need to remember. But instead of moaning whenever your cat is scratching the furniture, do something to stop it. Let every one in your house know what the rule is - if that cat is scratching, they shout, and do something to stop it! Yes, it takes time and it's something you have to remember.

I also suggest that you reinforce the good behaviour as well. So if your cat is using your new pole, you give the cat a good show of affection.

There are more great ways to stop cats scratching furniture, but those tips should be enough to get you started. Remember that for all the bad moments, there are a thousand good ones you enjoy with your feline friend.

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