Rare is the cat parent who has furniture that is unscratched and unscathed. In fact, some have simply given up on that old sofa with the shredded arm and decided it now belongs to the cat!
But addressing cat behavior at a young age can help Pet parents avoid much of the destruction that can occur when scratching and other unwanted habits go unchecked. Hannah members who have a cat enrolled in our Total Lifetime Care program can call for behavioral support 24-hours a day. But there are a few things you can do before calling for that behavior consult.
- First, before bringing a cat home, or at least when he or she is still young, invest in a scratching post, or better yet, 3! Place one anywhere your cat spends the most time playing or napping. Rubbing a little catnip on the post or dangling a favorite toy in front of it will help attract and encourage your new cat to “scratch here”! Hannah members who have been placed with one of Hannah’s wonderful cats or kittens take home a brand new scratching post (along with a litter tray, scoop, collar, treats, toys and everything else they need to get started!) as a part of our Welcome Home Kit.
- Already running into scratching problems? Try making the scratching spot (or spots) less inviting by securing plastic or tape over the area. There are also herbal deterrents that can be sprayed on the favored scratch-spot to make the area less attractive and less tempting.
- Finally, for your cat’s least favorite solution: trim those claws! Warning: your cat will hate it and, more than likely, you will, too. But getting them into the habit of receiving nail trims at a young age will make it easier as they get older. But if it’s just too much trouble, Hannah members can bring their Pets in for free nail trims anytime by our professional groomers, nurses and care team!
Add your current cat to Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care. Been thinking about a new cat or kitten? Hannah can help! Just contact one of our placement centers in Clackamas at 503-905-5200 or in Tigard at 503-924-6850. Not only do Hannah members get the best Pet for their family, they’ll also receive 100%, all-inclusive veterinary care, Pet food delivered right to your front door, and Pet training and behavior support, all for one low monthly fee.
We’ll even clip your cat’s nails!