Originally Posted by KuntryKitty
Coaster- I am not trimming her nails, because I don't think it would really help with the actual damage she does with her nails, and I don't use Soft Nails or whatever those things are, because she goes outside every morning for a couple of hours to play.
CatsAreBetter- Whenever she scratches where she is not supposed to, I tell her "NO", and take her over to her other scratching items. She doesn't like the cardboard ones, has NEVER scratched them, and the only reason she scratchs the carpet one is because there is a toy attatched. She must like the mesh type matieral on our chairs, and she prbably scratches the automan because she also loves to sleep there. No, we have no other indoor cats, only her. My dog doesn't even come in that often, and if he does, he stays in his own designated spaces.
I will look for that "No Mark" most definitely! Thanks! I just spray it on the areas she is clawing that I don't want her to scratch? I will definitely see if our local petstores have it, especially our PetCo, or anything similar.
Also, there is some leftover carpet. I will take a tall, wide piece of wood and staple or tack the carpet to it and put it on a base. That way it is similar to the one she likes, only portable. I'll put the acceptable scratchers right next to the unacceptable ones and try to get her to use those.
There is something at PetCo that is a catnip spray. Would that work? I figure it's worth a try... And the No Mark too. I'll let you guys know how she does!
Actually, Coaster has a point, and if you trim them, it will reduce how much she "needs" to scratch to keep her nails in shape. You can get a clipper from the pet store for about $5 if I remember correctly (maybe less). Clipping is fairly easy, and it's good to start out clipping when they're still young so they learn to be handled. If you need help with figuring that out, let me know.
So.. to me it sounds like it may be that she doesn't like her scratching surfaces.. well, that is, her "appropriate" scratching surfaces. I'm not sure why she doesn't like the cardboard scratcher. It is the corrugated cardboard ones that look like you're looking at the inside of a box wall, with the little holes in it? I'm sure that's what you have but, always good to double check. I'd definitely try a better brand of catnip. Okay, I checked my book and it says that to find better quality catnip you want to look on the back of the package and make sure it's made with only the flowers/blossoms and leaves. Dont' get one that adds stems, as stems are ineffective. Also, how often is she getting catnip and does she have catnip toys? (This may relate to how much effect catnip will have on her when you give it to her.. if she's exposed to it all the time, it may have no effect on her). She also may not understand what it is.. I remember with one of my previous cats, she had to watch the others before she "got" it. You might have to rub some on your hands and pet her with it or something.. Does she ever show interest in catnip?
Okay, so, what kind of carpet is the scratcher she occasionally uses? Is it actually the side up side as you'd put the carpet on the floor, or is it the woven side?
If you have access to a "stump" you may want to consider making your own cat scratcher.. get a plywood base or, if the log is large enough that it won't fall over, just bring it inside bark and all and let her have at that. It may be more natural for her. Mine love sisal rope. I bought a scratcher that was $35 (probably cheaper around your way) that is just a stand, with a post that's covered in sisal. No tree, or anything else, just a stand.