|Purred: Mon Dec 10, '12 6:57am PST |
We adopted Luna from the SPCA in September. She just turned a year last month. We have been working really hard on training her to use the scratching post because unlike our last cat, she wants to scratch EVERYTHING.
The post is sturdy, on an angle and made with rope with some carpeting at the top, bottom, and base. We've tried to play with her near it, praise, she is being clicker trained so we'll catch her near it and click-treat. She loves to chase foil balls, but if the ball rolls near the post she'll stop dead in her run and won't approach. She never goes to it on her own. Before meals, we take her to it, put her paws up and giver her ear-rubs. She'll dig in and we'll give her lots of praise and then dinner, but we've been doing this for 2 months now!
At first we thought it was that she didn't like catnip (we had put some on the post to encourage her to go near it), but she got a new toy recently that had nip in the package and she seems to like that just fine. I've sprinkled the post with baking soda and vacuumed it repeatedly thinking maybe there is a smell she's picking up on (it came from a petstore). I'm considering trying Nature's Miracle too.
Any other advice or suggestions?
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