|Purred: Fri Apr 26, '13 5:21am PST |
|All scratching posts are not created equal. A scratching post should probably have some sisal on it, not just carpet. Sisal is more durable and a hardier material for cats to scratch on. Also, your scratching post should have a post tall enough for a full grown cat to fully stretch and still be able to scratch. Cats also like options. Some of mine scratch vertically, some horizontally, so having a sisal scratcher that can stay on the floor might not be the worst idea. Use the scratching posts as positive alternatives to any impulse to scratch furniture. If the kitten starts to scratch at the furniture, tell him no firmly, then move him to his scratching post and praise him when he scratches on it instead. Kittens aren't typically responsive to cat nip, but as the cat grows up, catnip can be used to attract him to scratching post.
If you're getting a kitten, as soon as the kitten is old enough to get a toenail trim, start trimming his toenails. Cat nail scissors are under $10. If you get a cat comfortable with toe nail trims early, you can do them whenever you need to. This will also help keep the scratching to a minimum. I have 4 cats, three of whom I got when they were kittens. All four of them will let me trim their nails with little to no problem.
Sticky Paws double sided tape can be used for any places that the kitten thinks he may want to scratch on the furniture. It doesn't leave any residue when you remove it from furniture after kitty has figured out that it's no fun to scratch where the Sticky Paws is.
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