Scratching posts are one of the most important pieces of cat furniture, and every cat household should have at least one in every room. In addition to providing a natural outlet for your cat’s need to scratch, they can also prevent a variety of behavioral problems.
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats. Cats scratch to groom their claws, the scratching motion helps remove dead sheaths from their front claws (they usually chew them off their back claws). They scratch to mark their territory. Their front paws contain scent glands, and scratching leaves behind their unique signature on the object being scratched. They scratch for exercise; scratching stretches the muscles in the front legs and all along the back. And they scratch simply because it feels good.
In a recent article for Answers.com, I provided advice on how to pick the purr-fect scratching post for your cat. Click here to read the full article.
The post shown above is one of our favorites. I have this in my office, and both Allegra and Ruby use it all the time. It’s available from Amazon* with free shipping for Prime members.
Think twice before replacing an old scratching post!
Once your cat uses a cat post, think twice before replacing it when it becomes worn. A tattered cat post may not look attractive to you, but to your cat, it will feel “just right.”
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