Cat Scratches All Your Furniture

If there’s one thing all cat parents are able to commiserate about together, it’s their scratch-covered furniture. Or how their previously straight table legs are currently curved due to years of abuse. Nevertheless, depending on Dr. Tony Buffington, a veterinarian and “cat guru,” this habit used to serve a very important purpose for your pet.

Before cats lived inside cozy houses and the biggest challenge in their day was finding the sunniest spot to take a nap, they had to hunt for food and defend themselves from predators. Thus they scratched rough surfaces as a way to keep their claws sharp. Although modern cats don’t have these same struggles, scratching is a means for them to relieve stress and stretch their back and leg muscles.

Cat Scratches All Your Furniture

Fair enough, but that doesn’t mean your furniture should have to look like you took a cheese grater to it. To train your pet, the Humane Society recommends covering furniture surfaces with materials your cat won’t like, such as sticky tape or aluminum foil. Then, install a scratching post as an alternative and reward your feline with a treat or belly rub when they use it.

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