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Top Aids to Prevent Destructive Scratching by Cats


Cats need to scratch; it is an ingrained need to help maintain their main source of defense, and to develop strong sinewy muscles and connective tissue. Destructive scratching need not be a problem if you recognize and respect this need to scratch, and provide allowable alternatives to your furniture. You can also trim claws, use soft nail caps, and use other means of discouraging destructive scratching. These are my top choices for aids to prevent destructive scratching by cats.

Klaw Kontrol Pet Bag

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Klaw Kontrol is a scientifically engineered bag for containing cats when necessary for administration of medications, claw trimming, or other procedures which require cooperation by the cat.

Millers Forge Cat Claw Scissors

A good, sharp claw trimmer is essential for preventing damage to furniture (and tender skin), caused by scratching or clawing. Millers Forge Cat Claw Scissors hot forged from US steel with heat-treated cutting edges, for sharpness and durability. Cut just the tiniest tip at first, and trim frequently until you and your cat are comfortable with it. Then schedule a claw-trimming day every 10 days to two weeks.
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Only Natural Pet Herbal Scratch Deterrent

This environmental-friendly spray will keep your cat away from his favorite illegal scratching surfaces. Use the Herbal Scratch Deterrent on all your cat's illegal places, and watch him keep away, without resorting to squirt guns and yelling.

Active Ingredients: Garlic 7gm-2.0%, clove 7gm-2.0%, sodium Lauryl Sulfate 10gm-3.0%

Soft Claws Nail Caps for Cats

Soft Claws (also sold under the name "Soft Paws") are the cat's meow when it comes to both fashion and utility. These plastic nailcaps come in four sizes, and application is fairly simple, once you and kitty get the hang of it. These are "natural" color, but they come in fashion colors as well. Available from your veterinarian or at the larger pet supply stores.

Farnam Feliway Feline Behavior Modification System

While Feliway was developed primarily as an aid to reduce territorial spraying, it has been found that its "friendly pheromone" is also effective in reducing territorial scratching. It works by mimicking the pheromone in cats' facial glands. Since cats also "scent mark" with glands on their feet, it makes sense that it might also work in discouraging destructive scratching. Use either the spray on surfaces you don't want scratched or use the diffuser in a small room.

Sticky Paws Scratch Control Strips

You can forget messing around with folding tape or looking for double-sided sticky tape because Sticky Paws was made for keeping cats off furniture, carpets, drapes, and other places they don't belong. Sticky Paws will not leave tape residue when removed. They come in strips of 2" by 12" or the XL size at 9" by 12". The last is also great for keeping cats away from carpeted area they may have previously soiled

Fresh Kitty Furniture Protectors

Clear extra-thick furniture guards are virtually puncture proof. Choose the 4" x 6" or 4" x 12", which come in packs of two, and place them over the areas your cats love to scratch.
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Smart Cat Ultimate Scratching Post

At a respectable 32" tall, with sisal rope wrapping, this scratching post truly deserves its title of "ultimate." Nothing substitutes for a nice tall scratching area, where cats can really dig in and pull, for developing strong shoulders and legs. Stretch your arms out high and see how good it feels. Would you do less for your cat?

SmartCat Scratching Ramp

Cats like different inclination for their scratching needs. Cleverly named "Inclined to Scratch," this sturdy cardboard ramp will stay firm against any surface, thanks to non-slip ends. Cardboard inserts can be replaced when well worn, and I think your cat might give this scratcher a real workout. The ramp is 21.5" tall and 7.5" wide, to accommodate cats of all sizes.

Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher

For a low-priced scratcher that cats really take to, the Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher is the cream of the crop. It was the first scratcher my Jaspurr and Joey encountered, when they were tiny enough to crawl into the hole on the side, and 2.5 years later, it's still one of their favorites. The Alpine Scratcher comes with a toy dangling inticingly inside the hole, and a small amount of catnip to rub on the cardboard scratching surface. I've found that most cats take to it, even sans the catnip.

Halo Organic Catnip

To encourage your cat to use his legal scratchers, rub a bit of this organically grown catnip on the scratching surface. He'll be drawn to it like-- well, like to catnip.
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