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How to stop your cat from clawing the furniture

Scratching is a natural activity for cats so clawing on household furniture and furnishings is not destructive behavior in their point of view. It’s natural for them and it is their way of keeping their claws in shape and it’s also a way of communicating territory boundaries to other cats and animals. Clawing leaves visual and scent markings on the object. Scratching is also a source of exercise for cats, by doing this they stretch and retract their shoulders, legs and paws.

By following these steps it may be possible to protect your furniture and other household items:

Be patient and understanding. Cats love their human companions and will try their best to please them once they know they have support and are praised. Overtime with a fair amount of repeated practice your cat will learn to leave the furniture alone and find alternatives to scratch on.
Purchase at least one scratching post or other apparatus. When purchasing    any  scratching post consider a few things first; look for one that is the same height as your cat and not too heavy, make sure it’s sturdy so that it wouldn’t topple over when your cat puts pressure or leans on it. Some cats prefer a horizontal scratching area like a carpet so place the scratching post in a way to match your cat likeness, this way they will be more likely to use it. Whatever you choose, avoid anything fluffy. A scratching post is usually like a tree bark, rough and coarse.
Where to place your cat’s scratching post. You must have an idea of all the furniture and household items your cats like to scratch so place the scratching post next to these items. If your cat scratches more than one item it may be best to have more than one scratching post, especially if you have more than one cat or if you live in a large house. Placing the scratching post next to the cat’s favorite sofa or chair will make it even more enticing.
Train your cat to use the scratching post. Like anything else your cat will find this to be a strange object so you will have to show your cat how to use it. Whenever you see your cat scratching any furniture, gently place him in front or on the scratching post depending on the position it is in. Gently stroke your cat until he responds to the post. Every time your cat uses the scratching post praise him with gentle strokes or a treat.


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How to keep your cat occupied while you are at work.

 

How to keep your cat occupied while you are at work.

Our Cats are our family and when we have to leave them it is very distressing on our part as cat-parents. We feel guilty and if not for all of us, most of us feel some sort of separation anxiety. We need to know that our cats are well taken care of during the day when we are at work. Here are some ways to ensure that they are happy, fed and entertained:

Food Toys and Puzzles

We all know our feline friends to be food lovers, a full cat is a happy cat! To ensure that they are fed throughout the day you can get some toys that not only feeds them but also stimulates their mind and encourages natural instincts to explore and find hidden treats. Toys like Cat Amazing can keep your cat occupied for hours! If your cat is extremely smart and figures out these toys in a short space of time then you may need to either get creative and make your own toys or buy more as time goes by. Don’t worry there are plenty of options to choose from on the market if you need to go that way.​  Click on images below for more details.


Play Area

Even if your cat has access to your whole house it is still a good idea that you have one area in specific for your cat to be able to play in so that your house wouldn’t look like it was ransacked. When choosing this area make sure there is a window available because cats like nothing more than to look at other animals outside. This can keep them busy for hours as well. Having a sitting shelf next to your window will have your cat happy and comfortable.


Another Cat

Being alone sometimes is good but that could get boring, so if you have only one cat you may consider getting a friend for him/her. Depending on the age of your cat another feline friend can become a loving companion for him to either love and take care of or grow together with. Having two or more cats can be really entertaining, they will find new games and will be occupied for hours without any outside intervention.

Cardboard Boxes

Cats love boxes! However small the box is if they can fit they will sit. This is a fun, cheap alternative to toys and it’s just as enjoyable. Cardboard boxes are easy to come by and if your cat destroys it, it can be replaced very easily.

Paper and Paper bags

Paper and papers bags are another inexpensive way to keep your cats entertained for hours! Am not sure as to why but they love to jump around in a heap of crunched paper or just slide around with a paper bag over their head. It’s like playing hide and go seek. This is a lot more fun if the ground is smooth so that it’s easier for them slide so make sure their play area is not where it’s carpeted.

Cat Furniture

Cats do need their own furniture to play, sleep and just lounge around on.  Trust me, by getting them their own furniture will save your own furniture from being destroyed and less cleaning to do.  You can get them a cat tree condo, a cat scratching lounge or a scratching post.


By following these tips and experimenting with them you will learn what your cat likes and dislikes.  This will help you feel at ease knowing that they are content until you are back home with them, but do remember that your love and attention is needed as well so make sure you give them some quality time of your own!

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