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KatKwery answer: The word of the day for yesterday was feather which was used by Marianjela. Congratulations, Marianjela. The other words that the Kats had to choose from were laser, bird, mouse, and ball.

There are five things to consider before buying your cat something to scratch on.
They are _______, _______, _______, _______, and _______.
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Originally Posted by Persi & Alley View Post
KatKwery answer: The word of the day for yesterday was feather which was used by Marianjela. Congratulations, Marianjela. The other words that the Kats had to choose from were laser, bird, mouse, and ball.

There are five things to consider before buying your cat something to scratch on.
They are _______, _______, _______, _______, and _______.
Stability, size, texture, location and horizontal or vertical is what I found.
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KatKwery answer: The word of the day for yesterday was feather which was used by Marianjela. Congratulations, Marianjela.
Wow! Thank you very much!!!! Gotta catch up to whiteforest

Bring on today's question!
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is what I found.
Stability, size, texture, location and horizontal or vertical and comfort
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Originally Posted by rescuecatsrule View Post
Stability, size, texture, location and horizontal or vertical is what I found.
Congratulations!

Answer: Click on Cat Behavior above and then on Problem Scratching and How to Stop it.

KatKwery: (700 points)

What do you have for your cats to scratch on? Do they still scratch the furniture up? What do they ignore? What's the worst thing they have ever destroyed by scratching?
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Originally Posted by Persi & Alley View Post
Congratulations!

Answer: Click on Cat Behavior above and then on Problem Scratching and How to Stop it.

KatKwery: (700 points)

What do you have for your cats to scratch on? Do they still scratch the furniture up? What do they ignore? What's the worst thing they have ever destroyed by scratching?
My cats are usually pretty good. They have 2 scratching posts, a little piece of carpet, and plenty of cardboard boxes because I am moving . The worst thing that they have destroyed would have to be the carpet in my apartment-- hence the little piece of carpet to distract them from the ENTIRE carpet. They usually destroy things by knocking them over and breaking them . They usually ignore walls and door jams and don't scratch them.
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Originally Posted by Persi & Alley View Post
What do you have for your cats to scratch on? Do they still scratch the furniture up? What do they ignore? What's the worst thing they have ever destroyed by scratching?
i have 5 scratching posts, two cardboard scratchers [one's the round one w/a trackball, the other's a slanting triangular one]. the scratching posts - 3 are trees [2 are 3' hi, 1 is 6' hi] & 2 are posts - of those 2, one has a little condo in the bottom & a perch on top. all have sisal posts, & some also have carpeted posts.
Cable has a annoying tendency to scratch upholstered items - my current dining chairs are upholstered... & destroyed. the loveseats don't look good, either. i'm planning on replacing the dining chairs w/non-upholstered ones, & the loveseats w/wooden frames + cushions, instead of completed upholstered. that this will solve the problem.
Java likes to pick at the rattan rocker, but it's holding up ok. it has a tendency to move when she does it, so that may be why.
for some reason, they all ignore the big sofa that i use the most. maybe because it smells like us since we all sit on it?
post #8 of 16
My cats have a carpeted scratching post with two "landings", and a horizontal cardboard scratcher with some catnip in it. Unfortunately, they are a little bad about scratching the furniture. Smudge claws at the edge of the couches, but it's not too bad. Nadette lies on the stairs and claws the carpet. Tigger is the worst, and I don't think it's even recreational clawing. She scratches the door jambs in our room and bathroom, and I'm afraid it's either boredom or demanding to be let in! The door jambs are pretty much toast at this point. But at least it's our own house.
post #9 of 16
Unfortunately Popsie was declawed as a kitten. I was only ten when I got him so I didn't know how bad it was. Really I didn't know how bad declawing was until I joined TCs
post #10 of 16
our cats have sisal balls, mice,cat trees and posts numourous smaller scratching posts round the house!
but the favoured scartaching item too them is the £600 sofa!
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Persi & Alley View Post
KatKwery: (700 points)

What do you have for your cats to scratch on? Do they still scratch the furniture up? What do they ignore? What's the worst thing they have ever destroyed by scratching?
When we first got Persi, he saw a bug flying in our front window and he decided to climb our Belgian lace curtains to catch it. By the end of the day we had a scratching post and several corrugated cardboard scratchers! Today was moving day for us and we found that our beautiful leather loveseat had been scratched to death which we had not noticed before because it had been in a dark corner until today. The scratching post belongs to Persi and the cardboard scratchers belong to Alley. The neat thing about the post is that it is right outside their litter box and Persi always gets the litter off of his paws upon exiting the litter box!
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What do you have for your cats to scratch on? Do they still scratch the furniture up? What do they ignore? What's the worst thing they have ever destroyed by scratching?
We have several scratching post for them. We also have a cat tower for them to climb on. I have looked at those neat wall systems as well. None of our cats are very bad with scratching furniture but we still have thought about using the nail caps (soft claws). They actually don't ignore much. The worst thing would be the side of the couch and a curtain awhile back. They are pretty good when it comes to carpet. We do clip/trim their claws to help with it. The one thing I do not mind is there kneading that they do...though that hurts sometimes.
post #13 of 16
my mum used too declaw her cat, but i told her about the nicer more friendly way using soft caps for her cats claws!
our cats all have there clwas climmed weekly and have a rotating scrathing board!
but they never seem fussed with it
post #14 of 16
We have a cat tree/carpeted scratching post, but the cats use that more as a playground then anything. They prefer the corrugated cardboard scratchers the most! Or random boxes whenever they're available! I think we've been lucky and our cats arent furniture scratchers, but Roly likes to claw at the wall by our back door. We remodeled last year and have french doors leading on to a balcony. Hubby has yet to put the trim up, and Roly likes to dig his nails into the drywall there... Amazingly though, there are no scratches Go figure. I catch him and stop him from doing it all the time. Maybe it's because the wall is textured that I am not seeing the scratches... or maybe he's just puncturing it... who knows. Eventually the trim will go up... if I can light a fire under hubby long enough... and hopefully then Roly will leave it alone!

We had a foster mom dig at the carpet in our bedroom once. It's still bare in a spot, but now I have a throw rug there in case any other fosters try and get the same idea.

My mom adopted a cat and was having trouble with her climbing the curtains. I suggested a window seat and a cardboard scratcher (she already had a post) and she hasnt had any instances since. Now her cat is content to sit on the window perch and leaves the curtains alone!

Another place that Roly scratches is in his litter box. I recently switched over to a big rubbermaid container... when he is done, he scratches the heck out of the lid. I dont know what he thinks he's burying, but he seems to dig on forever

None of my cats are really big on kneading... but our most current foster, Digit/Snickers, is a huge kneader. I think it's cute... except for when she catches you with one of her many claws!

I trim the kitties nails regularly, but have really given up on the resident cats. They dont really use their claws much so I dont find a big need for it. Gotta love a soft paw! But the kittens, they will be used to it when they go on to their forever homes...
post #15 of 16
BooBoo doesn't need anything to scratch on but me, since he was declawed! It was a bad decision and I know it, but it was done before I knew better! Jax & Eek use my couch as a scratching post!! They have different things that they like to scratch on, one of them is that cardboard thing that is round and has a ball in it that goes in a circle and then the cardboard has catnip on it! They like that alot! They dont normally scratch on blankets because their claws get stuck in them and tend to rip out and I think that would hurt alot! I try to make them scratch on towers, carpets, rugs and stuff like that, but they always turn to the couch!! It really stinks because it is a brand new couch with recliners on either side but since I have 3 kids and 3 cats, I didn't expect it to last long anyway! That'll teach me to buy something expencive! I was smart about it, and I did take a bit of mud and picked out a couch that matched it so at least the color couldn't be ruined! Ohh I hate it when they scratch the bed too!! My Seallys Postorpedic! Thats one of the things in this house that I didn't match with mud!! Darnit!! Oh well, all that stuff is replacable, and they're not!!

Good luck everyone!! I can't seem to get the right word but I sure enjoy trying!!
post #16 of 16
even my 2 declawed cats use the posts - Chip loves the triangular slanted cardboard scratcher!
Pixel also enjoys 'clawing' the loveseats.
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