Cats are born with many innate qualities – the ability to purr, the skill of landing on their feet, and the urge to scratch. Felines have a natural desire to scratch, and with good reason. Scratching helps them relax, stretch, and sharpens their claws while simultaneously shedding old claw sheaths. In the wild, trees provide organic sources for cat scratching. Having large trees in our homes is not exactly feasible, so let’s check out some other options.
Providing your kitty with designated items for scratching will allow her/him to exhibit natural behavior without destroying your home furnishings. The pet supplies market has such a wide variety of scratching innovations available that it can be difficult to choose. Cat parents understand each feline is a unique individual, so selecting the proper scratcher really depends on what your cat prefers.
Scratching Posts are an effective and inexpensive way to allow kitty to partake in her/his natural scratching and climbing behavior. Posts come in a variety of sizes, some as large pieces of furniture, and many have feathers or toys attached to entice kitty use the scratching post.
Scratching Toys come in all shapes and sizes. Popular toys include hanging scratchers which help kitty stretch while scratching. Many toys include catnip as well, to maximize kitty’s enjoyment of her/his scratcher. Your kitty may also enjoy a lounger which allows her/him to relax after scratching.
In the Milwaukee area, PETCO, Pet Supplies Plus and PetSmart have awesome options which will allow you to select the perfect scratching device for your feline friend.
Catpods is a unique company offering eco-friendly furniture including their namesake, The Original Catpods™, as well as Kitty Speed Bumps™, Puzzle Loungers™ and the new Kitty Pucks™ cat toys.
“Unlike traditional cardboard kitty scratchers that fall apart quickly, all Catpods are tough and made to hold up to years of extended wear.” — Catpods
Catpods understands the feline mind, and designs their product line with one goal – happy cats. I encourage you to check out their website and follow them on Facebook.
Whether you choose a scratcher made of corrugated cardboard, sisal rope or something more durable, your kitty will surely be grateful that you have provided an outlet for her/his natural urge to scratch. And, you’ll be happy kitty is not scratching your furniture and carpet. It’s a win-win!
Have a safe and enjoyable summer with your cats!