Why Are Cat Scratching Posts Essential?
Cats scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, keeping them sharp and in good condition. This natural behaviour also allows them to mark their territory, as well as stretching their back and shoulder muscles.
They are going to do it whether you have a cat scratching pole in your home or not, so we would strongly suggest getting one. It will protect your sofas, chairs and other furniture from attack, as well as being perfect for your kitties claws.
Will Buying A Scratching Post Stop My Cat From Using The Carpet/Sofa/Stairs?
Not all cats will automatically take to your post and know what it does, but after some time getting used to it and using the right encouragement, it should put a stop to this.
Things like a catnip spray or play toy attached could help the attraction, and when their claws connect with the surface, it will hopefully promote scratching.
Place it in an area they seem to like and give them positive reinforcement. Continue to discourage them to use their previous favourite surface with anti-scratch sprays and always remember that when they scratch your sofa, you shouldn’t tell them off because they don’t know they are doing anything wrong.
How Can I Choose The Best Scratching Surface?
Many cats actually like to have some choice, whether that be both vertical and horizontal or different materials. So, you may decide to opt for two or three of the above, such as one vertical sisal post and another horizontal cardboard option.
Are There Any Alternatives To Posts?
Posts are much better than solid wood such as trees or doorframes, as they’re specially made for your cat’s claws. But as opposed to a standard post, you could buy a cat tree which contains one or two posts, and some beds even have scratching sections.
Many cats love to have everything in one area, such as their bed and play centre, so this could help very active cats.