|Purred: Mon Jan 18, '10 4:38am PST |
|My beautiful male tabby, Etnie, is the big scratcher in our house. It took me a long time to realize he uses his scratching to get my attention.
For example, I got a 2nd hand chair that was in beautiful condition (2nd hand is the only kind I have now that I'm a cat owner). Of course I would yell at Et any time he went to scratch it, which seemed to draw him to it even more. Eventually, I saw him looking at me dead in the eye every time he scratched. When I got up to correct him, he would run to where ever he wanted me to do something, such as his food dish to be 'topped up'. Basically, he was using it as a message board of sorts. And it worked pretty darn well, for him, that is.
Finally, I realized not to acknowledge his actions, just put him in the other room til he forgot why he was pushing my buttons. Not sure if that's your boys reason for the scratch, but it wouldn't hurt to see how he follows up on getting your attention.
Cats are MUCH smarter than people give them credit for.
I also used the water w/a touch of vinegar bottle, as water alone never did much in the distracting department.
Et still does his scratching thing where he isn't supposed to, but more in an area I don't care about, but make him think I do so he gets that lil' bit of satisfaction.
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