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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat from Scratching Inappropriately

Is your cat using your sofa as a manicure station? Fluffy has many charms, but her nail-care regimen isn’t always a bit hit with her human friends. You should never punish your cat for scratching: it’s a natural instinct, so Fluffy won’t understand what she did wrong. Instead, you want to encourage proper petiquette by teaching your kitty better habits. In this article, a Livonia, MI vet offers advice on teaching cats to scratch properly.

Kitty Tower

A cat tower is one of the best things you can get for your pet. It offers a nail-care station, high vantage point, napping spot, and jungle gym, all in one! Make sure Fluffy’s tower is tall enough to allow her to stretch out to her full length, and sturdy enough so it won’t topple over on her. Offer your feline buddy treats and praise near the tower to encourage her to use it.

Scratching Boards

If you don’t have room for a cat tower, you can also get scratching boards or posts. You can also go the DIY route: nail carpet scraps to a plank, and then fasten it directly to the wall. Put it high enough so that Fluffy can stretch while scratching.

Sofa Protection

Try putting clear, two-sided tape down on the corner of your couch. Your kitty will hate the sticky feeling, and will look for a new manicure station.

Nail Trims

Have you ever considered clipping Fluffy’s claws? This is very much like trimming your own nails: Fluffy’s claws will grow back, but in the meantime, she won’t be able to scratch up your belongings. If you’re nervous about doing it yourself, just contact us to schedule a quick nail trim. Note: we don’t recommend clipping your cat’s nails if she is allowed outside, as Fluffy’s claws are her only way to defend herself or climb a tree to reach safety if something threatened her.

Claw Caps

Claw caps are rounded plastic tips that you can glue onto your cat’s claws. Fluffy can even wear fun colors on her nails! Claw caps are painless and temporary, and are basically fake nails for cats. Ask your vet for specific advice on using claw caps.

Do you have questions about your cat’s care or health? Please contact us, your Livonia, MI animal hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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