Cat Scratch Fever

Scratching KittyDoes your cat love putting her clawprints in everything and anything around your house? “Cats scratch to mark territory and to shed the outer layer of their claws,” says Stephanie Shain, a pet-adoption director at the Humane Society of the United States. What should you do? Find the ultimate scratching post and put the post near the piece of furniture or whatever that he is scratching until he figures out what is fine to scratch and what is not okay to scratch. Once your cat is adjusted to the post, then you can move the post elsewhere. What do you do if your cat is scratching the dog? If you have any other tips for those scratching cats, please post them in the comments section.

8 Responses to “Cat Scratch Fever”

  1. Gracie says:

    If all fails and cat still scratches where not supposed to, please consider getting Soft Claws. They are inexpensive and available at pet stores as well as online. They are easy to apply and quickly and totally solve the problem of scratching! Easy solution all the way around the problem.

    Please, please don’t declaw. Its a surgery that has a long and extremely painful recuperation and can lead to serious negative behavior issues (biting and not using litter box –digging is painful for a long time and cat then associates litter box digging as painful.) Research the facts about declawing, as well as the long term behavior issues that can and very often do result. We see SO many declawed cats in our shelter that have those serious behavior problems that result directly to declawing that just are not common with cats who are not declawed.

  2. Helen says:

    If the cat has chosen a place to scratch, she will keep it up. It helps to cover the scratched area (couch arm? tightly cover with a blanket for now) and spray something citrus on the scratched area to repel kitty. Put catnip on the scratching post. Cats go by habit and smell, so break the habit and the scent mark. This has worked very well for me, and the cat gets to scratch all she wants on appropriate scratcher. Those cardboard scratch pads are fabulous.

  3. susanUnPC says:

    Good for you, Gracie, for bringing up the cruelty of declawing.

    My Bear’s favorite scratching post is the utility pole out by the alley! I just hope the city doesn’t arrest him for defacing the pole … he’s really done a number on it! :)

  4. Mikken says:

    Our best scratching post is a long wooden board (1ftx6ftx1in) that I just covered in remnant carpet.

    I can lean it against a wall for the upright scratchers or lay it on the floor for those who prefer a horizontal scratching.

    Cheap and works great!

  5. e wem says:

    Just because my old couch was clawed to bits I bought one of those Sure-Fit slipcovers. My cats immediately stopped clawing the couch, their favorite place.

    They are enticed by knits or fuzzy fabrics but they hate woven fabric. The fabric is thin and smooth like bed sheet. No real barrier, They just hate dealing with it. I have done this on two couches. My new couch has no clawing because of this after three years

    I also trim my cat’s claws. Here are tricks I learned the hard way. Some claw trimmers are terrible. They splinter the claw, or twist it which upsets the cats.

    I use tiny scissors meant to trim rabbits claws. The package had a picture of bugs bunny on it

    Most important. I learned this from a great vet. Cover the cat’s eyes before you do the claws.

    1. Wait until the cat is sleepy and relaxed, say after a good meal. They are less resistant

    2. Gently, slowly, speaking softly lay a towel over the head covering the eyes. If they trust you they will be suspicious but accept it

    3. Keeping their face covered slowly lift one front paw, press the underside pad of the paw with your finger to pop out the claws. and cut just the sharp tips.

    Don’t cut way down. If you cut the quick the cat will have terrible pain and may never forget.

    4. Always keep talking while doing it to distract them.

    5. I just trim the front claws. Especially the ‘thumb’ claw which can curl in if it grows too much. My cats never overgrow their back claws

    If you are a chicken roll your kitty in a soft quilt. Not a poufy comforter but a traditional quilt which is about a half inch thick. Think cat burrito with the head sticking out Pull out one front paw at a time to trim. I have done this with the big guy who has formidable half inch saber claws. Every now and then he turns into a panther

    They can get you through a towel. A quilt is a handy tool with the clawed babies

  6. E. Hamilton says:

    If you spray zeropetodor on a place where cats are clawing, that will get rid of the scent , you need to do this BEFORE the habit gets too set in. Then cover the corner, they love those corners!, with these

    or a homemade version and if you give them a scratching post in the same room where you and they spend time, the problem is solved.
    This worked for me.
    I learned how to drill holes in acrylic just so I could make my own and they really work. Upholstery screws can be found easily.
    This works on anything but leather, my cats do not touch the leather so I have no idea what would help there.

  7. Stacey says:

    My vet told me that when cutting my cat’s claws, I should tap lightly on their forehead to distract them. It sounds weird, but it works. My two cats sit perfectly still when I tap their foreheads.

    Also, we built our cats a cat tree that has sisal rope posts. It may be more work than just getting a scratching post, but since we’ve made the cat tree our cats have not scratched on the couch once. They also spend many hours a day in the tree, either sleeping or playing.

  8. Cynthia says:

    I bought Purrfect Post last year and my cats LOVE it! It’s the BEST you can buy. This post is indestructible and it should last a lifetime.

    I taught my cat and my kitten to use it by gently working their paws on it and praising them at the same time. If they forget, I say no, bad kitty in a firm voice and then take the to the post and praise them again. The older siamese will scratch on the couch when she doesn’t get her way. It’s her way of getting my attention when she is displeased with me, usually when she wants to go out for a walk and I don’t have time or if she thinks I’m giving the kitten too much attention.

    When I trim their claws, I found it’s best to wait until their sound asleep and all tuckered out from playing. I get little or no resistance.

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