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For a cat, scratching is a natural, necessary act. Besides keeping her claws in top shape, the stretching involved in a good scratch keeps her upper body strong and loose. Also, every time a cat scratches a surface, scent glands between her toes leave her signature smell for others to find. In this way, she marks her territory, even if that happens to be in your living room.

Just because a cat must scratch doesn't mean she must destroy your furniture. Redirecting a cat's scratching to an appropriate object simply requires patience, flexibility and time. To keep your cat from grooming her claws on your couch, you must give her some furniture of her own.

Scratching posts come in a wide variety of sizes and textures. If your cat doesn't use the scratching post you have purchased, observe what she does scratch. Most cats have a preference as to the texture they scratch on. Experts discourage providing carpet-covered posts, especially if you have carpeting in your house. Your cat won't understand the difference between the carpet on the scratching post and that on the floor. They both feel good to her.

Some cats like to extend their entire bodies when they stretch to scratch. Others just work their shoulder muscles. If your cat is one of the former, you'll need to provide a tall, sturdy scratching surface. No matter what height your cat likes to use, be sure the scratching surface is stable. If your cat begins scratching and the post or board falls, it will frighten her and she will likely not use it again.

Another important factor to consider when providing scratching surfaces is their location. If you watch your cat, you'll notice she will tend to look for a scratching spot wherever you spend a lot of time. That is why so many cats ruin their owner's easy chair or couch. She is marking your spot as part of her territory, claiming ownership over you just in case some other cat comes in and gets the wrong idea. Putting a scratching post beside your favorite relaxing place will let her do her job without annoying you.

Remember, too, that your entire home is her territory. For that reason, it is a good idea to place scratching surfaces throughout the house, in places where you tend to linger. Bedrooms, kitchens, home offices are all places that are important to your cat because that is where you are likely to be.

If your cat persists in scratching furniture instead of the appropriate surface, you will have to retrain her. When you catch her about to scratch inappropriately, say "no" in a loud voice. Pick her up and carry her to her scratching surface. Some experts suggest gently taking her paw and simulating scratching to give her the right idea. If your cat only attacks the furniture when you are out of sight, it might be best to confine her to one room when you can't supervise her. Be sure to put food, water, a litter box and, of course, a scratching surface in the room with her. Once she seems to have gotten the hang of only using her scratching posts, she can have free run of the house again.

© 2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard.

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Arizona Humane Society helps reunite lost pets after loud holiday weekend - Arizona's Family
  1. Arizona Humane Society helps reunite lost pets after loud holiday weekend  Arizona's Family
  2. Plano offers tips for finding lost pets after July 4 holiday  The Dallas Morning News
  3. Fireworks increase chance of lost pets  KAUZ
  4. Lowcountry animal shelter sees mass influx of lost pets after July 4th celebrations  ABC NEWS 4
  5. Front Street Animal Shelter waives fees for lost pets after Fourth of July  KCRA Sacramento
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Pets of the Week: Benn is easy going. Denise is all about the attention - MLive.com
Pets of the Week: Benn is easy going. Denise is all about the attention  MLive.com

You Love Your Pets, But What to Do With Their Poop? - LX
You Love Your Pets, But What to Do With Their Poop?  LX

On the road again and traveling with your pets - Vermont Biz
On the road again and traveling with your pets  Vermont Biz

Fourth of July fireworks - and nature's - lead to dozens of stray pets turning up at HSCO - KTVZ
Fourth of July fireworks - and nature's - lead to dozens of stray pets turning up at HSCO  KTVZ

CASPCA offering event to help pets during fireworks - NBC 29
CASPCA offering event to help pets during fireworks  NBC 29

East Texas heat can prove dangerous for pets - KLTV
East Texas heat can prove dangerous for pets  KLTV

Fire destroys home east of Cortez; two pets die - The Durango Herald
Fire destroys home east of Cortez; two pets die  The Durango Herald

Pets of the Week | ClarksvilleNow.com - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week | ClarksvilleNow.com  Clarksville Now

Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption  Tampa Bay Times

Pyramid Hill hosts ‘Yappy Hour’ for folks with pets to enjoy park - Hamilton Journal News
Pyramid Hill hosts ‘Yappy Hour’ for folks with pets to enjoy park  Hamilton Journal News

Tallahassee Animal Services overpopulated as more pets are being surrendered - WCTV
Tallahassee Animal Services overpopulated as more pets are being surrendered  WCTV

Officials stress importance of microchipping pets after holiday weekend - NBC2 News
Officials stress importance of microchipping pets after holiday weekend  NBC2 News

Richardson extends dog park hours - The Dallas Morning News
Richardson extends dog park hours  The Dallas Morning News

Free vaccines available for Missouri pet owners | News | columbiamissourian.com - Columbia Missourian
Free vaccines available for Missouri pet owners | News | columbiamissourian.com  Columbia Missourian

West Des Moines firework show next door to animal shelter spooks pets - KCCI Des Moines
West Des Moines firework show next door to animal shelter spooks pets  KCCI Des Moines

July 4th fireworks spark rise in lost pets at some shelters in Inland Empire - San Bernardino County Sun
July 4th fireworks spark rise in lost pets at some shelters in Inland Empire  San Bernardino County Sun

Raleigh leaders vote to ban wild animals as pets - WRAL News
Raleigh leaders vote to ban wild animals as pets  WRAL News

Petco piloting wellness center concept for pets, farm animals - Retail Customer Experience
Petco piloting wellness center concept for pets, farm animals  Retail Customer Experience

Pets are part of the family, survey of Oregon pet owners finds - Central Oregon Daily
Pets are part of the family, survey of Oregon pet owners finds  Central Oregon Daily

South Florida animal shelters at capacity after July 4th fireworks send scared dogs running - CBS Miami
South Florida animal shelters at capacity after July 4th fireworks send scared dogs running  CBS Miami

Surrendered, abandoned pets in Minnesota see 'dramatic uptick': Here's how you can help - KARE11.com
Surrendered, abandoned pets in Minnesota see 'dramatic uptick': Here's how you can help  KARE11.com

English bulldog wins Rancho Bernardo's 'Most Patriotic Pet' title - The San Diego Union-Tribune
English bulldog wins Rancho Bernardo's 'Most Patriotic Pet' title  The San Diego Union-Tribune

Preserving memories of beloved pets - Mankato Free Press
Preserving memories of beloved pets  Mankato Free Press

Pa. SPCA Hopes Large Adoption Event Helps Finds Pets Home - NBC 10 Philadelphia
Pa. SPCA Hopes Large Adoption Event Helps Finds Pets Home  NBC 10 Philadelphia

Shelter takes in pets for residents evacuating from Electra Fire in Amador County - CBS News
Shelter takes in pets for residents evacuating from Electra Fire in Amador County  CBS News

First Lady Advocates for Pets | News for Page Lake Powell Arizona - lakepowelllife
First Lady Advocates for Pets | News for Page Lake Powell Arizona  lakepowelllife

Dog remains found buried at Spicewood pet resort, BCSO investigating - KXAN.com
Dog remains found buried at Spicewood pet resort, BCSO investigating  KXAN.com

Pet of the Week: Mabel - Newnan Times-Herald
Pet of the Week: Mabel  Newnan Times-Herald

City to allow use of pet shock collars, sparking opposition among Mitchell resident, several council members - Mitchell Republic
City to allow use of pet shock collars, sparking opposition among Mitchell resident, several council members  Mitchell Republic

Pets: BoBo & JJ - Sun Community News & Printing
Pets: BoBo & JJ  Sun Community News & Printing

Dog Days of Summer: Charlie and Paradise Pets - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Dog Days of Summer: Charlie and Paradise Pets  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

PHOTOS: Take a look at these pets from the Gwinnett County community - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Take a look at these pets from the Gwinnett County community  Gwinnettdailypost.com

Find out if your pet has an allergy with this simple kit - WJXT News4JAX
Find out if your pet has an allergy with this simple kit  WJXT News4JAX

Howard retires from Fairview Veterinary Clinic after 42 years of helping pets, owners - The Stanly News & Press | The Stanly News & Press - Stanly News & Press
Howard retires from Fairview Veterinary Clinic after 42 years of helping pets, owners - The Stanly News & Press | The Stanly News & Press  Stanly News & Press

🌱Sachem Daily: LI Ice Cream Tour + Local Pets Available For Adoption - Patch
🌱Sachem Daily: LI Ice Cream Tour + Local Pets Available For Adoption  Patch

Pet food trend in Russia changes direction - All About Feed
Pet food trend in Russia changes direction  All About Feed

PHOTO GALLERY: Local Pets Take Center Stage at National Cherry Festival Kids Pet Show - 9 & 10 News - 9&10 News
PHOTO GALLERY: Local Pets Take Center Stage at National Cherry Festival Kids Pet Show - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

Best pet carrier backpack - KXAN.com
Best pet carrier backpack  KXAN.com

Pets are being given up as Florida owners struggle to pay bills - WJXT News4JAX
Pets are being given up as Florida owners struggle to pay bills  WJXT News4JAX

Twin Ports non-profit offering pet foster homes for owners experiencing crisis - KBJR 6
Twin Ports non-profit offering pet foster homes for owners experiencing crisis  KBJR 6

Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Afton, Blue, & Soulsby - SweetwaterNOW
Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Afton, Blue, & Soulsby  SweetwaterNOW

Adoption event happening all of July due to shelter overcrowding - Detroit Free Press
Adoption event happening all of July due to shelter overcrowding  Detroit Free Press

5 pointers to help you get amazing pet portraits - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
5 pointers to help you get amazing pet portraits  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Pets of the Week Include People-Loving Dogs That Need Homes - kool1079.com
Pets of the Week Include People-Loving Dogs That Need Homes  kool1079.com

Pets in Need SoMD Dog of the Week: - The Southern Maryland Chronicle
Pets in Need SoMD Dog of the Week:  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

Pet Posse Codes For July 2022 - TheGamer
Pet Posse Codes For July 2022  TheGamer

7 pet-friendly spots in NYC recommended by Bernadette Peters - Time Out
7 pet-friendly spots in NYC recommended by Bernadette Peters  Time Out

Montgomery County Animal Shelter at critical capacity, waiving adoption fees on all pets - KPRC Click2Houston
Montgomery County Animal Shelter at critical capacity, waiving adoption fees on all pets  KPRC Click2Houston

Flying with pets? CBD can help - GreenState
Flying with pets? CBD can help  GreenState

Animal rescuers race to reach pets, livestock stranded in Sydney floods - ABC News
Animal rescuers race to reach pets, livestock stranded in Sydney floods  ABC News

4 pets killed in South Abilene house fire on 4th of July - KTAB - BigCountryHomepage.com
4 pets killed in South Abilene house fire on 4th of July  KTAB - BigCountryHomepage.com

Campaigners Working to Reunite Stolen Pets Being Sold at Yulin Dog Meat Festival With Their Families - One Green Planet
Campaigners Working to Reunite Stolen Pets Being Sold at Yulin Dog Meat Festival With Their Families  One Green Planet

PHOTOS: Take a look at these pets in the Albany community - The Albany Herald
PHOTOS: Take a look at these pets in the Albany community  The Albany Herald

GUEST COLUMN: Keep public's pet selection options open – The Daily Gazette - The Daily Gazette
GUEST COLUMN: Keep public's pet selection options open – The Daily Gazette  The Daily Gazette

🌱 Sachem Daily: Local Job Openings + Pets Available For Adoption - Patch
🌱 Sachem Daily: Local Job Openings + Pets Available For Adoption  Patch

Louisville Metro Animal Services avoids euthanizing adoptable pets - Courier Journal
Louisville Metro Animal Services avoids euthanizing adoptable pets  Courier Journal

Pets on paracetamol: animals at risk as owners struggle with vet bills - The Guardian
Pets on paracetamol: animals at risk as owners struggle with vet bills  The Guardian

Dogs, cats found neglected in NY trailer, 2 women arrested - NEWS10 ABC
Dogs, cats found neglected in NY trailer, 2 women arrested  NEWS10 ABC

Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter works to reunite pets with families after Fourth of July - 13newsnow.com WVEC
Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter works to reunite pets with families after Fourth of July  13newsnow.com WVEC

Pet beer label contest benefits Provincetown animal shelter on Cape - Cape Cod Times
Pet beer label contest benefits Provincetown animal shelter on Cape  Cape Cod Times

As San Fernando Valley sees hotter days, officials explain how to get alerts and save pets if wildfire hits - LA Daily News
As San Fernando Valley sees hotter days, officials explain how to get alerts and save pets if wildfire hits  LA Daily News

Amazon Prime Day Hasn't Even Started, but We Found 40 Incredible Deals for Pets — Up to 66% Off - PEOPLE
Amazon Prime Day Hasn't Even Started, but We Found 40 Incredible Deals for Pets — Up to 66% Off  PEOPLE

10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies - WIRED
10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies  WIRED

Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster? - FEMA
Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster?  FEMA

Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg - The Gabber Newspaper
Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

How pets give your kids a brain boost - BBC
How pets give your kids a brain boost  BBC

How to Block Fireworks Noise for Adults, Kids, and Pets - The New York Times
How to Block Fireworks Noise for Adults, Kids, and Pets  The New York Times

Keep Pets Safe All Summer Long - PR Newswire
Keep Pets Safe All Summer Long  PR Newswire

Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune  Chicago Tribune

Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you - NBC News
Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you  NBC News

The best pets of 2022 (so far) - Mashable
The best pets of 2022 (so far)  Mashable

Pets of the Week - Meet Ladybug & Rookie - City of Arlington
Pets of the Week - Meet Ladybug & Rookie  City of Arlington

Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets - NBC Bay Area
Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets  NBC Bay Area

Talking pets and parasites with U of M - UMN News
Talking pets and parasites with U of M  UMN News

Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022 - Investopedia
Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022  Investopedia

As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them - Anchorage Daily News
As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them  Anchorage Daily News

Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week - Monroe Evening News
Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week  Monroe Evening News

Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof - Seattle Met
Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof  Seattle Met

NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business - Spectrum News
NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business  Spectrum News

Pets for adoption locally | Home + Life + Health | tucson.com - Arizona Daily Star
Pets for adoption locally | Home + Life + Health | tucson.com  Arizona Daily Star

Animal shelters face overcrowding as more people turnover their pets - Dayton 24/7 Now
Animal shelters face overcrowding as more people turnover their pets  Dayton 24/7 Now

Pets of the Week, Meet the Coffee kittens - Fort Leavenworth Lamp
Pets of the Week, Meet the Coffee kittens  Fort Leavenworth Lamp

California pet store bans Second Amendment supporters from adopting animals, faces backlash - Fox News
California pet store bans Second Amendment supporters from adopting animals, faces backlash  Fox News

As more surrender their pets, New Orleans area animal shelters struggle to accommodate surge - NOLA.com
As more surrender their pets, New Orleans area animal shelters struggle to accommodate surge  NOLA.com

7 of the Best Pet Products To Occupy and Soothe Your Pet When You Return to the Office | Buy Side from - The Wall Street Journal
7 of the Best Pet Products To Occupy and Soothe Your Pet When You Return to the Office | Buy Side from  The Wall Street Journal

Ready to save a life? Here’s why fostering animals is a ‘critical component’ for local shelters - WJXT News4JAX
Ready to save a life? Here’s why fostering animals is a ‘critical component’ for local shelters  WJXT News4JAX

The Pandemic Pet Boom Has Legs - WSJ - The Wall Street Journal
The Pandemic Pet Boom Has Legs - WSJ  The Wall Street Journal

Petlibro's Wi-Fi-Enabled Automatic Feeder Helps You Monitor Pets - Bustle
Petlibro's Wi-Fi-Enabled Automatic Feeder Helps You Monitor Pets  Bustle

Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Chewy & Mando - Smithtown, NY Patch
Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Chewy & Mando  Smithtown, NY Patch

Champ: Wisconsin Humane Society Featured Pet for June 9 - Racine County Eye
Champ: Wisconsin Humane Society Featured Pet for June 9  Racine County Eye

Pets can boost your brain power, study says - CNN
Pets can boost your brain power, study says  CNN

How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets - United States Army
How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets  United States Army

Prepare for Your Pets this Hurricane Season - American Humane
Prepare for Your Pets this Hurricane Season  American Humane

Pet-friendly recreation - Michigan (.gov)
Pet-friendly recreation  Michigan (.gov)

Research on the pet-human bond has boomed in the pandemic. Here's what studies found - CNN
Research on the pet-human bond has boomed in the pandemic. Here's what studies found  CNN

20 Chewy pet items our readers can’t get enough of - CNN Underscored
20 Chewy pet items our readers can’t get enough of  CNN Underscored

Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday - SIU News
Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday  SIU News

Can Pets Monkeypox? Experts Explain Risk to Dogs, Cats and Other Animals - TODAY
Can Pets Monkeypox? Experts Explain Risk to Dogs, Cats and Other Animals  TODAY

Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons - PsychCentral.com
Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons  PsychCentral.com

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