Need to entertain your cat to keep it from destroying your furniture?
Check out our scratching solutions and give your cat an interesting and exciting place to play that is not only attractive to them, but suits your decor as well. Climbers and scratching posts are a wonderful way to entertain you and your feline!
Anyone who lives with a cat knows that our feline companions still have one paw in the jungle. They exhibit many of the behaviors we see in their wild cousins, the tigers. Does you cat occasionally zoom around the house at 30 mph? Does he chew the house plants and lunge at moving targets, like you? Of course he naturally seeks out high perches so he can survey his kingdom.
These are natural and necessary behaviors but they can be problematic in the home environment. SmartCat is continually producing cat-friendly products that help cat owners provide for the needs of their little tigers. We have learned that happy cats make happy humans.
Why do 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
SmartCat™ training tips:
Place the 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 it at the top of the post.
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.
Most cats are easily trained but if your cat is the exception, please see catsinternational.org for free behavior counseling.
Important note about declawing:
Scientific journals refer to declawing as "elective mutilation". It is an amputation of the cat's toes comparable to the removal of the human finger at the first knuckle. It handicaps the cat physically, socially and psychologically for the rest of its life, predisposing the cat to certain temperament and behavior problems such as shyness, biting and litter box avoidance. By regularly trimming your cat's nails and offering a suitable scratching target you are providing a natural outlet for a normal, healthy behavior and you will be rewarded with a content and confident companion.