Do you have a peaceful and quiet cat or a “destroyer” cat?
In all cases, cats and kittens need to “scratch” and nail their surfaces on the house, especially if they can’t go out in open spaces, so these tips will be useful even if you have a kitten that looks like a stuffed animal at home.
First of all, doing their nails and stretching themselves on vertical objects with their nails wide open they do gymnastics, for them, it’s a sort of stretching that helps them to stretch and stretch their muscles.
Then under the legs, near the fingertips and nails, they have glands that secrete their pheromones, special odorous hormones (you don’t hear them but cats, dogs, and other animals feel them strong and clear) with which they mark their territory.
The very thing they do when they rub themselves against you with their snouts, even there they have gravel and they mark you as their property, but without using their claws.
To help them get their nails done and in the right places there are some things to know and to keep at home:
- The scratching post
The scratching post replaces the trees that the cat would find in nature to get its nails and climb to do gymnastics and hunt.
If you want to prevent the cat from destroying curtains, furniture and sofas, buy one (or even more) that is sturdy and sufficiently large and then teach him to love it by extending a treat and a caress when he goes over it and when he uses it.
If you haven’t bought it yet and he or she is already doing nails on the furniture, place it right in front of the offending piece of furniture, even in this case, abundant caresses and a few treats when you use it will make you understand that using the scratching post instead of your furniture is good thing to right…
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- Feliscratch synthetic pheromones
If, despite prizes, caresses and the right position, your cat continues to get fingernails on the furniture and does not want to know about the scratching post you can try using the synthetic interdigital pheromones called Feliscratch.
Miracles do not make it and if you can get used to the cat with prizes and caresses it is much better, but trying not harm.
The synthetic pheromones imitate the natural ones of the cat, for us, they do not smell and therefore do not bother us, just pour them with the pipette directly on the rope of the scratching post and cross the fingers.
If you have decided to try you can find them on Amazon by clicking here.
- Check the nails
Often cats that live exclusively in the home have too long claws, they cannot naturally file them on the ground and on tree trunks as they would if they could get out.
At home, there are only very shiny floors and trunks you don’t see, so our cats are forced to destroy furniture and curtains without actually being able to shorten their nails properly.
Too long nails actually give the cat also physical and postural problems so lightly picking them out is good for him and is good for the couch too.
For each finger, you have to get the nail out of the fingertip by pressing lightly, identify the white part from the pink one near the root (which is the one sprayed by the blood vessels) and cut only the tip as shown in the drawing below.
Not all cats love to be handled in this way, if you still have a puppy to let yourself be touched and caressed at every point, if every day you gently caress it (even while sleeping) the most sensitive points like paws and belly, will learn to trust you and understand that he has nothing to fear.
This will make your life much easier if in the future you have to do some treatment to it, whether it is cleaning and care like cutting the nails, or in the case of veterinary operations such as punctures and infusions.
ATTENTION. The trimming of the nails has nothing to do with the barbaric practice of surgical removal of the nails and the last phalanx of the fingertips, which in jargon is called “Declawing”.
The removal of claws is a painful practice and turns the cat into a helpless and handicapped animal that can no longer climb and hunt. We condemn it resolutely!