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A Modern Compromise For The Cat Scratching Behavior

By Lauren Brooks

Cats are fascinating and mysterious creatures. We love them mostly for their unpredictable nature – they can be extremely lazy one moment and fierce predators the other. At times they are loving and affectionate, other times all they want is solitude and independence.

If you have a cat, you’re already familiar with many aspects of the feline nature. You know that besides being fluffy and cuddly, your kitty also has needs and instincts. One of these instincts, formed millions of years ago in order to ensure the animal’s survival, is the urge to scratch.

Why do cats scratch? Sharpening and cleaning their claws is not the only reason. Scratching is also a way to mark their territory, to communicate with other cats and simply to stretch and exercise.

People have befriended cats thousands of years ago. In older times, when everybody lived ‘at the countryside’, cats could go in and out whenever they wanted, not to mention that many cat owners didn’t allow their pets inside their homes. In such conditions, cats could perform their scratching routine naturally – mostly by climbing trees. The modern city lifestyle changed everything. We can’t allow our kitties to circulate freely on the streets – it’s too dangerous! What choice do they have but scratching our furniture and climbing our curtains?

Punishing your kitty or trying to teach her how to stop scratching is absolutely useless. Instead of wasting time and effort to change your pet’s instincts, it’s much better to find a constructive compromise.

The best solution for a modern apartment kitten is the scratching post. You can buy such a post even if you have a house in a suburb and you allow your cat to go out – after all, you never know when your kitty feels like scratching!

By purchasing and installing a scratching post, you’ll achieve several goals simultaneously: your furniture and other belongings will remain intact; your nerves will finally get some peace; your kitty will be able to scratch whenever she wants, for as long as she wants; by manifesting a normal feline behavior, she’ll be healthy, satisfied and calm; as a result, your mutual relationship will greatly improve!

The online market has unlimited possibilities. In order to choose the most suitable scratching post, you can browse thousands of products: from simple sisal or carpet covered wooden posts to complex cat trees and cat gyms that all kitties will simply adore!

When you choose the post, make sure it’s long and sturdy enough. A short post will not allow your cat to stretch properly, while a light one will easily collapse.

Even if you think that a scratching post will not look good in your stylish living-room, don’t hide it in the storage closet! If your kitty likes to scratch your living-room sofa, that’s where you should place the post! First, cover the surfaces you want to protect with sticky tape. Then, redirect your cat’s scratching towards the new post – attach some toys, use catnip and praise her each time she scratches it!

Cats don’t need only love and cuddles in order to be our friends and companions. If you respect and understand your pet’s natural needs, you’ll show her that you can be trusted and respected as well!

If your furnishings look like they’ve survived an epic battle and your curtains are shredded, it’s time to buy a new scratching toy for your kitty! Don’t forget to read Lauren Brooks’ article dedicated to the cat scratching post in order to save your nerves and your home from your pet’s sharp claws!

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Brooks, Lauren "A Modern Compromise For The Cat Scratching Behavior." A Modern Compromise For The Cat Scratching Behavior. 24 Jun. 2010. 16 Aug 2014 <>.

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Brooks, L (2010, June 24). A Modern Compromise For The Cat Scratching Behavior. Retrieved August 16, 2014, from

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