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March 2, 2015

Cats Scratch Objects When Stressed

02.01.15 Cats will do a number of behaviors when they feel stressed or conflicted. In addition to self-soothing, many of these behaviors help change or eliminate the causes of the stress. Scratching objects is one of these. Cats scratch for a variety of reasons, including when they are anxious and conflicted. While helping them cope with their feelings, they are marking their territories when scratching.

Cats will scratch objects when they are stressed.

Cats will scratch objects when they are stressed. by Marilyn Krieger, CCBC.

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Train Cats to Scratch the Right Furniture

Set up for success: cat scratching info-graphic

Many cats are unnecessarily declawed because they scratch household furniture. Although cats have to scratch, they can be easily trained to scratch appropriate objects and avoid scratching couches and carpets.

This info-graphic describes why cats have to scratch and how you can train cats to scratch the right furniture. It is my hope that it will help keep cats from becoming declawed. It first appeared in an article I wrote titled How to Train Cats to Scratch Only Where They Should for Catster.com

You are welcome to use and distribute it as is, without alteration.

Cats can be trained to scratch the right furniture by Marilyn Krieger, CCBC

For lively discussions about cats and behavior, please check out The Cat Coach on Facebook.

Cat Byte: Choose the Right Scratching Posts

04.08.12 When searching for perfect scratching posts for your cat, look for scratchers with solid bases that won’t fall over in the middle of a scratching session. Also, because cats love to stretch while scratching, find posts that are tall enough for the cat to have a satisfying full-length stretch.

Communication Cat Byte: Signature Stamps

03.25.12 Cats have scent glands on the bottom of their paws. Whenever they scratch an object they are broadcasting information about themselves and marking territory.

Cat Claw Byte: Why Cats Scratch Objects

03.18.12 In addition to giving themselves manicures, cats scratch objects to mark territory, they also scratch when stressed, playing and stretching. Because scratching is a natural behavior, strategically place scratching posts and horizontal scratchers throughout your house.