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Why do cats scratch? Does It Sharpen It's Claws?

Updated on April 18, 2012

My cat sure scratch, but why?

Cats do not just love to sharpen his claws against a solid surface, they have an absolute need to do it. As they sharpen their claws, are training the muscles and also notes of the worn part of the claw. sharpening the claw also used to mark the boundaries of a territory.
If you do not provide the cat with an appropriate scratching post, he will soon be destroying the fabric of your finest furniture. You don't want that, do you? =)

Make your own scratch post for your cat!

What would Macguyver do? well...


If you have a table that you are not especially careful with, then wrap in one of the tables legs with a strong string and fix it up by nailing it in such a way so that the cat can not harm itself on the nail head.

You can also use a carpet with sharp structure, which is affixed to a suitable wall. Remember that the nails have to sit so high, that the cat can not reach them when he stretches.
Make sure also that he can not harm himself on the protruding nail heads.

Corrugated cardboard is also a suitable material for a scratching post. Cats seem to be fond of this material. Corrugated cardboard is admittedly not very durable, but in return, easy and inexpensive to renew.

Do you find a piece of driftwood or a strangely shaped tree branch or root at the beach, take it home and scrub it clean. When cleaned properly it becomes a popular item to sharpen the claws on, and is simultaneously an original eye-catcher.

How to get the cat to scratch correctly?

Do not expect the cat to immediately make use of the offered opportunity to get to sharpen their claws on a particular item. You have often admonished him to not scratch. So now he may learn to scratch in a correct way instead.

Kneel and tear on the scratching board like a cat. The cat will stare at you and wonder if you lost your mind, but quickly learns what it's all about.

If you don't succeed, you can make the scratch post more attractive by rubbing a little catnip on it.

Most cats like the smell of catnip, and soon learns to associate the smell with a surface or object that is allowed to scratch on.

If the cat keeps scratching the furniture

If the cat insist to scratch in a prohibited place like a piece of furniture, cover it using a large plastic sheet. Cats generally hate to come into contact with plastic. After a few weeks, remove the plastic in the hope that the cat forgot that he had previously considered this place as a very pleasant scratching post.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Lejonkung: Thank you for the amusing but helpful, practical and useful information on kittens learning where to scratch!

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      lejonkung 6 years ago

      That is spot on! haha

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      I particularly liked the instructions to show it where to scratch- it is like when you first bring a kitten home and show it where the litter tray is- they must look at it and think, "Stupid mother- I know what to do, just waiting for you to leave the room"