And Meow, A Word About Scratching Posts

Cats are very adorable and curious little furballs. They’re cute, cuddly, and extremely lovable. They’re also armed with razor-sharp claw! Fluffy is quite diligent about caring for her nails, and with good reason. In the wild, kitties depend on their claws for survival. Your housecat may not have to hunt her dinner or climb a tree to escape a predator, but she’ll still be driven to keep her nails sharp. A Bee Cave, TX vet discusses scratching posts in this article.

Why Scratching Posts Are Important

Fluffy’s nail care obsession is a natural instinct. This is definitely something you want to work with her on, instead of against. If you don’t provide your furball a suitable nail-care station, she’ll likely use your carpets or furniture instead.

Choosing A Scratching Post

There are some things to consider when getting a scratching post. Kitties like to stretch while they do their nails, so choose something tall enough to allow your furball to do that. Also, be sure to pick something sturdy. If the post wobbles when Fluffy uses it, she may become wary of it. Cat towers are a great choice, as they also provide your feline buddy with a napping spot, jungle gym, and a good view of her domain.

DIY Options

You don’t have to break the bank buying kitty furniture. You can make your feline pal a scratching post out of lumber or PVC pipe. You’ll find lots of design ideas online. When you’re finished building it, wrap the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope. You can also just attach a carpet tile to a smooth board, and nail it to the wall. This one is good for people who don’t have a lot of room.

Sweetening The Deal

Sometimes cats lose interest in their things. If Fluffy is ignoring her scratching post, try recovering it, using carpet or sisal rope. A good vacuuming or steam cleaning will also help. Moving it to a new spot is another way to rekindle your cat’s interest. You can also try sprinkling catnip on or near the post. Finally, be sure to reward your furry little diva with treats, toys, and praise when she uses her post.

Please reach out to us, your local Bee Cave, TX vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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