A cat’s nail grows from within the last bone on each toe. That bone stabilizes their legs and aids in a cat’s ability to balance. As kittens, they should learn acceptable indoor scratching behavior however you can teach an older cat as well. As with any pet, they will require training and patience to learn. Scratching on furniture or even on you may be problematic at first. You must provide your cat or kitten with surfaces to scratch on, climb and play on or their natural tendencies to scratch and climb may be expressed in undesirable ways. Have patience with your feline family member while they learn.
Scratching is a natural behavior for all cats to mark their territory and sharpen their claws. Some tools to prevent scratching in unwanted areas include:
- Double sided sticky tape (i.e. Sticky Paws)
- Providing scratching posts and pads — cats need both vertical and horizontal surfaces to scratch (add some cat nip and show them how to scratch on it)
- Use of sprays labeled to deter scratching (i.e. Feliway Pheromone or Cinnamon/Mint/Citrus scents)
- Use of an attractant solution applied to appropriate scratching surfaces (FeliScratch)
- Frequent nail trimming- we are happy to trim your cat’s nails for you or we can teach you how to do this at home.
- Soft Paws nail caps for cats – we can apply for you and teach you how if interested.