If you have a cat with claws, you know how much they like to scratch. It’s not just a habit, though—it’s something more. Scratching enables cats to keep their claws in good shape—sharp, and not too long. It’s also a good chance for cats to mark their space. However, if your cats scratch and destroy your furniture or other things in your house then you won’t be happy with your pet.
Why Cats Scratch
There’s a good balance, though, between what your cat wants to do and what you want your cat to do. There are easy ways to discourage your cat to scratch—aluminum foil, for example, or covering an area with a sheet. There are also scents that may make your cat less likely to scratch, too. And there are scratching posts or other surfaces that may help your cat redirect his or her behavior.
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