Clontarf Vets – Advise on Scratching Posts for Cats

A Clontarf Veterinary Surgeon’s Tips on Scratching Posts for Cats

As a Dublin Veterinary practice covering areas such as Clontarf, Fairview. Marino, Beaumont and Artane as well as Dublin City Centre we see lots of cats – some of whom are exclusively indoor or apartment cats.

What we know as do you their owner – Cats like to scratch!

Cats have retractable claws so they do not wear down when walking as dogs do.

Cats’ nails are also part of their armour since in the wild they need them for hunting and climbing trees to escape predators. To maintain their sharpness, cats’ nails grow in layers. When a cat is sharpening his claws, what he is actually doing is removing the old outer layer.

Despite years of domestication our pet cats have a natural instinct to sharpen their claws. If they are not given something they are allowed to sharpen them on, then they have no choice but to use something you’d rather they not sharpen them on, such as your sofa – as not doubt many of you cat lovers will know to your cost!

iStock_000023423612XSmall1So as Dublin Vets we in Anicare encourage all cat owners to give their cat a scratching post.

Clontarf Veterinary Hospital’s Helpful Hints are:-

  • The scratching post  should be tall enough to allow the cat to reach up and stretch out its full length.
  • It must be stable enough so if the cat hangs all its weight it will not tip over.
  • It can be made of  many different materials but many cats prefer sisal rope or natural wood.
  • Many cats like carpet too but better not to have the post made from the same material as your furniture.
  • Scratching posts with platforms where your cat can rest are attractive as cats like vertical space.

Have the scratching post waiting for your new cat when you bring her home in a room where your cat will spend a lot of time. You can have dangling toys on the tree to attract your kitty, or sprinkle catnip on it.

If you catch your cat clawing something you don’t want it to, try gently picking it up and taking it to its scratching post.

If there’s a particular piece of furniture your cat seems to be attracted to, try to make it less inviting. A couple of easy ways to do this are by placing double sided tape on the area the cat is scratching or spraying it with some type of citrus smelling spray, since cats tend to dislike that odour.

So we at Anicare’s Clontarf Veterinary Hospital hope with time and patience on your part, most cats will learn to use and love their scratching post which is good news for your cat and your furniture!

 Should you have any queries on this or any other topic call us on 01 8330744

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