Kitten Toys & Towers
Training Your Cat or Kitten to Use A Scratching Post
We find it important to train all of our Persians, young or old, to use a scratching post instead of our nice furniture. Providing the right tools and investing a bit of time has proved to be key! We have had great success throughout the years and have created well-mannered pets in the process. But what happens when our kittens arrive in their new homes? Below are some great tools and advice on how to train your cat or kitten to use a scratching post.
Scratching is a completely normal cat behavior and serves many purposes. Most importantly the act of scratching removes the worn out outer nails sheaths exposing new ones, keeping your feline’s paws healthy. Scratching is also a form of exercise and in some cases play. As your cat or kitten scratching their claws they also stretch out their bodies, which we are sure feels pretty good! Scratching is also an activity which helps fight off stress and boredom. Lastly, scratching is a way for your kitty to mark his/her territory. All felines have glands located between their paw pads which leave orders behind letting other cats know that that area has been claimed.
The number one reason cats may scratch furniture is because they are not provided with an adequate scratching post and other toys.
Starting with the right tools will make the transition from our home to your seamless. Even though our Persians are petite, they love to stretch their bodies out when using a post or scratching board. Providing one that is of an appropriate size is important. Most cats like to scratch a vertical surface that is tall enough for them to fully arch their backs. You also want to make sure that the kitty condo or post is sturdy so it wont tip over. Offering a variety of appropriate scratching toys is also a great idea.
Two of the most common scratching toys for cats are sisal rope posts (vertical) and cheaper/disposable cardboard scratchers (horizontal). We highly reccomend BOTH! Below is a large variety of scratching tools for your new furry family member. The options are truly endless!