Would it be odd if someone punished you for using a toothpick after a steak dinner? This is the same confusion your cat gets when you yell at them for using your couch as a scratching post. They are simply doing an activity that nature intended for them; However, they don’t fully understand that doing this activity on your new thousand dollar leather sofa is unacceptable.
It’s not that your cat is stupid. On the contrary, cats are very smart and self-sufficient. They just need some positive training that encourages them to use their own cat scratching post instead of your furniture to do their thing.
Some pet owners may believe, out of sheer desperation, that declawing is the only solution. However, when you consider that this irreversible surgical procedure can lead to a number of physical, emotional, and behavioral complications, you might think twice.
Let’s get back to our human examples. If you used a toothpick and someone cut off our fingertips because they preferred that you use a dental floss pick instead, would you understand the context? Probably not. And you probably wouldn’t be a very happy steak eater after losing part of your fingers either!
The decision to de-steal should not be taken lightly. The procedure isn’t the equivalent of trimming your nails; it amputates the last joint of your cat’s toes.
A better decision might be to devote the time, patience, persistence, and care needed to teaching your cat to use its scratching post. By rewarding good behavior when using the scratching post correctly, you encourage a positive response. This positive response will build and confidence will grow each time you encourage their good behavior.
The added benefit is that once you have mastered the use of the cat scratching post, you can transfer this training technique to other areas of your cat’s existence in your household.
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