Of Cats, Scratching Instincts And Your Favorite Furniture

By: Sarika Kabra
You spent a small fortune on buying the latest dining room furniturefor your house and are the proud owner of a cat who loves it equallywell. In fact, while you spend your time cleaning up your table, yourcat decides to caress it too – with its claws of course. It is adifferent matter that your cat is actually using it to sharpen itsclaws, a natural phenomenon you could well do without. While it is natural for cats to scratch, it often destroys perfectlylaid out dining tables and other pieces of furniture that may come inthe way. Most people leave it at that – they cannot curb naturalinstincts of the animal, they say. Though sad, they just watch theirfavorite dining set going to pieces due to the cat’s actions.To understand how to take care of this problem, you must understand the problem in detail first.The cat family are natural hunters by the laws of nature. Claws andteeth are the basic requirements for the cat to hunt, and hence theneed to keep them in good shape. Scratching their claws on tree trunks(read your dining tableslegs) helps them keep them sharp and removing old tissue.

Anotherreason is the secretion of certain scent from their paws marking theirterritory (your home, what else?) to ward off strangers. Moreover, itgives them some much needed exercise and straightens out the kinks intheir body.They can be de-clawed to rid you of your problem, but there are morehumane methods to help out your cat while avoiding damage to yourfurniture.One way is to get a scratching pad or a post. A wide variety of themare available as part of a cat condo. If you do not wish to spend themoney, you can easily make one of your own. All you need is a two feethigh section of heavy plywood, cut into a size of four by four or twoby two, and tie a piece of old carpet on to it. Place it next to thefurniture your cat is fond of scratching, gradually moving it away asyour cat gets used to it. Let your cat scratch away to its heart’scontent – all you need to do is to replace the old carpet for it to getback to its original shape once it is destroyed.To supplement your efforts, use a pet repellant spray on the furnitureto make your cat turn to the scratching post. If you are hesitant touse the spray on your costly furniture, cover the material with tapewith the sticky side up, or use aluminum foil instead.Still facing problems? Your cat still does not stop? Well, it may betime for you to adopt some more drastic measures. De-claw it if itstays indoors. Be aware, however, that it will affect the cats naturalgait and its immunity from minor ailments as well. The procedure can bepainful and may involve certain risks as well. Those wanting to avoidthis may use nail caps as a viable alternative. These are applied asfalse nails to the cat’s nails.Some of these measures could definitely help you save your newfurniture from the cat’s natural instincts. If you love your cat morethan your furniture, howeverArticle Submission, be prepared to shell some extra cashevery few months to allow it to destroy all you bring!

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