4 Reasons Why do cats scratch?
There are a number of reasons behind the continuous scratching of the cs. Here are the most common ones:
· Maintenance of claw
Claws are one of the most important parts of cats. The claws help them in preying. Therefore, it is essential for cats to take care of their claws.
Scratching is an inborn nature of the cats that helps in keeping the claws conditioned and sharp. Such playful behavioural changes are a part of their defence mechanism.
The exercise involved in continuous scratching removes the blunt claws and makes them sharper.
Communication is another reason behind the continuous scratching of cats. Cats generally knead and scratch different materials to communicate with other cats (Dr. Nicole Fulcher, Animal Medical Center of Mid America).
During scratching the cats leave an olfactory marker or a pheromone with the scent released from a scent gland in paws. This pheromone warns other cats in the nearby area about any possible danger. What an amazing technique!
· Marking territory
Just like dogs, cats also mark their territory. When a cat is scratching the furniture or objects around then they are trying to say that this is their area.
The pheromone is also involved here. This pheromone also says the cats around not to cross the same path.
While most cat parents do not understand this but this is a valid point. If you do not give enough playtime for your cat or dog not then they are more likely to get bored.
In such a situation they transfer their frustration on nearby objects through scratching.
How To Spot The Scratching Behavior Issues?
As we said, scratching is a common problem among cats. A young kitten learns to scratch as a normal part of its development.
These behavioural issues can get worse if you do not train them at the right time. Inappropriate use of teeth and claws is very prominent among untrained feline animals.
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How To Train Yours Kitty?
When the kitty starts to bite or scratch, then, it is more likely they have been encouraged in the past.
In most cases, when they did the same thing in the past, you thought it was cute and did not refrain them from repeating the same action.
It is essential that you do not rough play with them and allows them to scratch at any age. Such a gesture will teach them that, your hands or skins are a toy and they can scratch them anytime they want.
If the cat grows up with such behavioural issues then, it is hard to change it in adulthood.
What to do in such a situation?
Introduce them to various toys and say no if they try to scratch your or your children’s hands. training at an early age helps them to differentiate between hands and toys.
Also, make sure that your family members follow the same guidelines. In this way, your kitty will get a consistent message to not scratch anyone or any furniture.
5 ways to discipline a cat – Ultimate Guide For You To Follow
Discipling an adult cat is difficult but it is not impossible. Here are five techniques that you can follow to discipline the cat.
1. Trim the claws
Trimming with claw clippers, unlike declawing is effective in minimizing the scratching tendency of the cat. Also, it is safe for your cats.
You can trim their claws with claw clippers or sharp human clippers. Do not use scissors and be careful during cutting the nails.
The cats and dogs have veins in their claws unlike human, so if you cut too deep then it can hurt your pet. Ask your vet to show you the proper way of trimming the nail.
2. Yell “Ouch”
You are playing with your cat and it scratches you. Do not keep quiet, rather yell “ouch” loudly and remove your hand from its clutch.
This will show the cat that you are not interested and it hurt you while playing. Do not yank it or the kitten will think the pay is still on.
As a result, they will try to do it again. Rather, gently pull the hands’ ways from the cat’s reach.
3. Redirect attention of the kitten
If the kitty is scratching you continuously then redirecting its attention is very important. Boredom is a major reason behind the continuous scratching or aggressive biting of the kitten. In such a scenario, give them something to play with.
Make sure your kitten active plays for at least 15 minutes with an interactive toy. Teaser toys are great for such training.
You can just use laser light or drag a thread along the carpet that interacts with your kitten. Your cat will chase and pounce on it.
There are some commercially available gloves that come with dangling fingers.
Once you have taught them that your hands or feet are not meant for scratching then you both will enjoy the playing session more.
4. Introduce Favorite Scratching post
Scratching posts or cat furniture is great to keep your cat busy.
You need to teach your cat that they belong to that specific part of the house and they can scratch it as many times as it wants.
Also, at the same time, make sure your cat knows the difference between your bedroom carpet and the cat home carpet.
5. Be patient
Training a pet is quite difficult and it takes a lot of time. Do not lose hope, do not be impatient.
If you and your family members are consistent, your cat will learn gradually.
At the same time, consult with a vet to give you the necessary tips in disciplining your cat.
Kittens and cats love to play and just like the kids, they do not understand the difference between good and bad.
You as the cat-parent need to teach them to behave and check continuously if they are picking up any bad habit or not.