You will need
- - scratching post;
- - "Catnip";
- - spray bottle with water.
Select and buy a special scratching posts. They come in several forms: stand-up scratching-posts; hang on the wall scratching posts; scratching posts-mats. Often the scratching post is part of the "cat complex", which includes a house and several custom platforms. It is recommended to purchase at least 2-3 scratching posts.
Place the scratching on the walls, in those places the apartment that was chosen by your cat. Remember that it is easier to equip for cats already love her, than trying to teach her to sharpen its claws in the place that appeals to you personally. Don't forget to place a scratching post near where the cat sleeps - very often animals are starting to sharpen their claws right after a dream. Firmly secure the scratching post. If she falls and frightened animal, the cat, most likely, will never use this terrible thing." Besides, cats are physiologically able to sharpen claws on shaky items.
Show the cat that it required. Take the pet on hand and take to the new acquisition. It is not necessary to drag her by the scruff of the neck or raise her voice - it can lead to permanent negative associations with the subject. Put the front paws of a cat on the scratching surface. Press the paws to release the claw. This should be done very carefully so as not to cause the animal pain. Hook cat claws scratching the surface. Such training is recommended on a regular basis.
Help the cat to get used to scratching posts. To do this you can spray the scratching post "Catnip", which is sold at any pet store.
Use the method of "carrot and stick". Do not skimp on the affection and praise, if you notice that a cat is sharpening its claws in the "right" place. If you caught the cat at the scene - show her your negative attitude loudly say "No!". Also as punishment you can use a spray bottle with water. Cats really don't like when water hits them in the face.
Periodically trim the nails of your cat. This procedure should be carried out very carefully so as not to damage living tissue.
Remember that the earlier you start to teach a cat to scratching posts, the more chances you have to succeed in this difficult event. The perfect age for teaching your cat the "rules of etiquette" -2 -2.5 months.
Advice 2: How to wean a cat to scratch furniture
Some cat owners believe that the most effective way to wean your pet scratching the furniture is just to trim its nails. It's not quite right, because the procedure of cutting the claws of a rather unpleasant and even painful for the animals. To wean a cat scratching furniture may be other, more humane ways.
You will need
- - scratching post;
- - Catnip;
- - spray with a citrus odor;
- - small bag with spices;
- - tin or glass jar;
- - a few coins;
To wean a cat scratching the furniture, provide her a comfortable place to point of claws, for example, purchase the shop is a special column designed for this purpose. Before doing so, watch what surfaces like scratching your favorite most: hard, soft, with corners, or without them. Such observations will help you to choose the most attractive for your pet a scratching post.
Install a scratching post away from the furniture to the cat, fascinated by her scratching and accidentally switched to the more familiar and favorite chair or sofa.
The following your task is any way to attract the cat to the scratching post. Try to show your pet why we need a new unfamiliar object, namely pretend that they themselves sharpen claws on the post. Can spray the scratching post Catnip, the smell of which will not leave indifferent any cat. In any case, do not force your pet to scratch on unfamiliar to her item by force. The animal may be frightened and not to approach the scratching posts at all.
Be sure to encourage the correct behavior of the cat. Praise, Pat and treat favorite treat each time she enjoys the kittens. Thus, the pet will soon notice the relationship between the affection of the owner, a delicious treat and its good behavior.
To wean a cat scratching the furniture, treat the space around her favorite sofas, armchairs and chairs spray citrus or hang it next to furniture, the bag filled with strong-smelling spices. Get ready because the smell in the room will be not very pleasant, but cat furniture it will scare for a long time.
To wean a cat to scratch furniture, you can use another interesting and effective method. Take a tin or glass jar small size. Throw in a few coins and close the lid. Every time you will see that your favorite scratching furniture, with the power shake a jar of coins. Cats hate loud noises, so I immediately run out of the room in which they are distributed.
Remember that to make the cat not to sharpen its claws at all, just impossible. They do it not because of the harm or insults to you, and because of its natural needs.