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If you’re a cat parent, you may have had furniture torn to ribbons by your feline companion. You may find cats clawing at table legs, carpet and mats, and couches – boy, do they love couches! Although it seems as if they have an uncontrollable urge to destroy anything shiny and new, scratching is a common behaviour that is both natural and innate. Cats scratch for a number of reasons and, contrary to popular belief, they’re not doing it out of spite.
Cats need to keep their claws healthy and conditioned, which can be difficult in a safe home environment without access to trees. Scratching helps to shed nail layers, which keeps kitty’s claws sharp, clean, and ready for action.
Just like some people enjoy a session at the gym after a long day, or shedding a tear over sappy rom-coms and a tub of ice cream, cats find scratching cathartic. Anxiety, frustration, and excitement can build up in cats, and scratching serves as an outlet for these pent-up emotions.
Scratching posts are a great way to redirect your cat’s behaviour! You can check out a great range of towers and scratchers available at RSPCA World for Pets here, but if you want to try a different look, this DIY might be the ticket!
You can make this Do-It-Yourself Cat Scratching Cone with materials from your local hardware store, or you might have some of the lying around the house already.