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Cat Scratcher Solutions
There are lots of scratching posts, pads and trees available. Try different textures and styles to see what your cat prefers. Remember that upright, vertical or inclined scratchers need to be tall enough for the cat to stretch its whole body and stable enough not to move. When introducing a new scratcher, sprinkle it with cat nip to get your cat's attention.
Flat scratching pads Vertical cat trees or posts
Inclined pads and posts Wall Mounted Pads
Cardboard Carpet Sisal Wood boards, driftwood
Near furniture that you DON'T want your cat to scratch
Near sleeping areas or perches
Tell the cat "no" when he or she scratches furniture and coax the cat to a scratcher. Don't yell or hit the cat: punishment doesn't work and will probably teach your cat to scratch when you are not present.
Reward the cat for using a scratcher with a treat, petting or play.
If the cat never uses a particular scratcher, replace it with different types of scratcher until you find the one that works.Trim your cat's claw tips regularly.