Training Your Cat To Use A Scratching Post
Cats have their natural behavior that may appall a new owner, like scratching table legs, couches, or any surface around the house. If you happen to start with a kitten, it will be easier for you to start it with good habit pattern.
Why Cats Scratch Cats have an instinct to scratch for various reasons. The main reason is that it cleans out their claws and keeps them at a healthy length. It also gives them a way to exercise, strengthen and stretch their muscles. It is also a way for the cat to exercise its instincts to mark its territory. Plus, it will get to do something that gives it pleasure and can improve its attitude and increase its happiness. And we all know that a healthy and happy cat is the best to have around.
Start Training Early After accessorizing your kitten with a cat collar, providing your new kitty with an appropriate scratching area will spare your home from unsightly scratch marks and at the same time give your little darling the freedom to do all the scratching and stretching it needs. Scratching is a natural urge of a cat to release stress, clean their claws from hardened cover, and tone their muscles. They also release scent when scratching to mark their territories.
Maintaining the Good Habit It is a good move for a cat owner like you to select one or more cat scratching posts found in cat supplies store. Since your cat will normally roam around the house, you may want your cat to have scratching posts in different rooms where your cat usually visits. The rule is 1+1. If you have one cat, you may buy one scratching post plus an extra. Or you may provide more if you have a bigger house.
Choosing the Perfect Post for Your Pet
Although a cat will love the natural feel of a tree stump, the rustic look might not complement your house interior. There are different types of commercial cat scratching posts in stores that carry cat supplies. You may want to give your beloved kitty with a “condo type” scratching post that will not only offer scratching surface but also give it a hiding and climbing place. A simple scratching post like a wooden pole attached to a sturdy base will also serve the same purpose aside from being easy on the pocket. Depending on the preference of your cat, you may choose posts with smooth or rough surface.