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Why Cats Value Scratching and Having Claws
How to Prevent Cats From Rubbing Their Paws on Furniture? Every cat needs its claws for survival on the physical, social, and emotional levels. Cats scratch because it is both a natural and required behavior.
- Also, every nail is preserved in useable condition and razor-sharp by scraping off the dead and outer sheaths.
- In order to stretch and strengthen their upper bodies, it is an important exercise strategy.
- Cats utilize visual marking to establish hierarchy, especially in houses with several cats.
- Scent glands are located between your cat’s toes, and when she scratches, they leave her “signature.”
Declawing Your Cat Is Never A Good Idea!
Actually took is a medical operation that essentially amputates one-third of a cat’s paws by removing the claw and terminal bone from each toe. Front claws that have been severed must only be kept indoors because they are a cat’s primary means of defense and escape from the numerous threats and predators in our area.
Cats with dew claws experience persistent pain and may become aggressive or have litter box issues. We strongly advise against having a tendonectomy or declawing.
In both a physical and behavioral sense, cats’ paws and claws are essential tools. We have observed numerous cats that were surrendered to shelters after having their claws removed exhibit new, undesirable habits such as increased aggression and biting, or urinating outside of the litterbox (often on carpets, blankets, and furniture).
With Jackson Galaxy Solutions’ Declaw Solution, you may aid in the physical and mental recovery of a declawed cat that you have adopted or rescued.
How To Stop Your Cat From Rubbing Its Paws On Your Furniture
The “Yes” Method
Assuring your cat has appropriate places to exercise his scratching impulses will help his behavior last over time. Depending on how many places he already likes to scratch, we advise not just one scratching post but numerous. For instance, if he attempts to grab both couch arms, you should place your initial posts there.
Cat Condos, Scratchers, & Trees
The provision of a shared marking post in multi-cat households is one of the numerous advantages of cat “condos” or “trees.” Make sure you are accommodating to your kitty friend’s unique tastes before spending a lot of money buying or creating a post.
Cardboard ramps in the shape of a wedge are easily found and reasonably priced for cats who like to scratch low on furniture.
Upright posts or “trees” are available for cats who prefer the full-body hang-from-the-claws sensation.
The post’s construction material is also crucial. Since natural wood most nearly mimics their preferred spot to scratch, a tree, many cats like the feel of a sisal rope-wound post.
A softwood plank or log made of redwood or cedar could be quite popular. Avoid furniture with carpeting since it can be difficult to teach your cat that clawing “this” carpet is OK but not “that” carpet.
Once the new cat furniture is in your home, you may play a game that encourages your cat to imitate scratching by rubbing it with catnip or hanging your cat’s favorite toy from the top. Additionally, your extravagant compliments will enable the act of scratching the cat furniture to become positively associated.
Try out the new cat furniture. Remember that the cat must have enough confidence in the post to put all of his body weight into it in order to properly exercise his upper extremities and receive a good stretch. If the post has a thin or insecure foundation, it will wobble or topple as he pulls, diminishing his faith in the post and leading him back to that good firm furniture.
The “No” Method
We understand. You want your cat to stop clawing up anything it can get its claws into. So we compiled a list of some preventative home treatments to assist in breaking the cat’s habit of scratching inappropriate objects (your furniture) and keeping it that way. The trick is to take away the pleasurable component and replace it with something less pleasurable.
Among these home cures are:
- Using tin foil to cover the spot
- Applying a double-sided tape, such as Sticky Paws, to the affected area. We like this tape because it comes in a range of sizes and variants designed especially for plants or furniture. Purrfect Paw is a non-sticky, transparent plastic guard for your cat’s nails
- Installing a spiked vinyl carpet runner in front of the area where they like to scratch
However, keep in mind that unpleasant tactics will only work if the cat is given an equally or more appealing alternative surface.
Although the aversives are in place, you should still correct the cat if you see it scratching in an undesirable area with a sound. Hissing or yelling quickly are acceptable corrections, but avoid using sounds that the cat can associate with punishment. This is why we don’t use the cat’s name throughout the correction, but only when he does something we like.
It’s critical, especially at first, to follow the correction with a trip to the post, where the cat can earn praise and create positive links with the experience of scratching in the right area.
After the reprimand, moving the cat to the proper location shouldn’t feel punishing; avoid abruptly picking the cat up off the ground or continuing to treat the cat badly after the correction.
If the cat is having trouble accepting the post, try daily sessions where you make the sound of scratching with your fingers on the post, accompanied by praise, and then reward the cat right away with an irresistible treat. Timing is everything! If you compliment a cat before he completes the necessary task, he won’t understand why you are doing so. He’ll like it, but he’ll miss the point.
Allow him several months to successfully integrate this new behavior into his everyday routine without any “slips.”
Trimming Your Cat’s Nails
Cut your nails every two to three weeks.
Here are some more pointers:
Start young: Although retraining a kitten is easier than that an adult cat, even older cats can be taught to enjoy having their feet handled and tolerate having their nails clipped.
Slow down: A cat’s paws are one of the most sensitive portions of its body. They will usually distance themselves from you, making the work more difficult. Try introducing the idea slowly during petting sessions if your cat is sensitive.
Touch one of the cat’s paws when she is most relaxed. Then, softly push on their pads while extending a claw and gently praising the entire while. When she says that the session is over, you should respect her decision. A minute or two is a reasonable amount of time. When your cat accepts that feeling, you can try trimming. One or two nails per session are plenty at first to accustom them to the sensation while maintaining a good association with your praise, gentle touch, and possibly a treat afterward.
You can often trim a nail or two or three on a sleeping cat without causing any concern. Be quiet and gentle. It’s okay if he wakes up and pulls away – remember, cats sleep a lot.
Simply cut the tips:
The pointy end of the nail can pierce furniture and provide leverage to cause damage. Most cats’ long nails make the transparent and pink portions of their nails more obvious.
All you need to clip is the clear part’s end. When first starting out, err on the side of caution, especially with dark-colored nails where the quick is not visible. Simply pressing, crushing, or cutting the vulnerable portion of the claw can cause discomfort or even blood, and will seriously impede your efforts to make the clipping process part of your cat’s recognized routine.
Check the sharpness of your trimmers.
Unless the nail trimmer is dull, the nail will be broken and fragmented. For trimmers of the guillotine (Resco) type, blade replacements are available.
If cutting your cat’s nails is difficult for you, try one of the following solutions:
Parallel to thick, double-sided Scotch tape, Sticky Paws is created specifically to be safe for furniture.
The surface becomes unpleasant for the cat’s feet to contact, and they quickly learn to avoid it.
Soft Claws/Soft Paws is a product that has benefited many cats who refuse to scratch in appropriate places.
Essentially, these are nail caps that are initially applied by your veterinarian or groomer, but most people can learn to install them themselves, perhaps the primary drawback is that they must be renewed after a few weeks because fresh nail growth will have pushed them off, which can be expensive if you can’t trim the claw back and replace the cap yourself.