Cats scratch for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s for grooming and maintenance, play, or just an instinctual trait, scratching can cause damage to your home that can leave you wanting to pull your hair out. Read below for some tips on how to deal with destructive cat scratching. It’s important to know that scratching for cats is a behavior that is embedded in their deepest instincts. Cats use scratching to keep their nails and toes healthy, clean, and sharp. It is also a way cats mark their territory in the wild. With this in mind, an owner must realize that this behavior is very hard to completely stop or “train away”. Instead, you may find more success in creating ways to divert destructive scratching away from your household items and furniture towards appropriate areas. Give your cat a variety of appropriate scratching surfaces. Oftentimes, a single scratching post won’t due. Materials like ...

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