Why your cat does it and how to keep your furniture safe
As a cat parent, you will have noticed that your cat has the urge to scratch. Keep in mind that those sharp little claws are designed for survival: when it comes to hunting and defence, claws help keep cats alive. Such important weaponry needs maintenance, though, and that’s where scratching comes in. When cats scratch, they sharpen their nails, they stretch and they keep mentally healthy, too. Lastly, scratching serves important communicative purposes.
Scratching is a highly complex behaviour, related to physical, mental and social health. It is an essential, instinctual behaviour that is necessary for a cat’s overall well-being. Trying to stop this behaviour by scolding or punishing would therefore be highly detrimental to your cat and could have a negative effect on your relationship.
It’s extremely important to ensure that your cat has multiple appropriate scratching options. There are many different scratch posts and cat gyms available on the market, as well as DIY options online, but it’s important to obtain or make one that is suitable for your cat’s needs:
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