TRAINING CAT BEHAVIOUR
Cats love to scratch their nails and that is a time when you
have to sacrifice your beautiful furniture if you are not
vigilant and if you do not teach her not to do that and do
not give her proper lessons. Providing your kitten or cat
with a good scratching post is like buying insurance for your
furniture and drapes! Kittens should be trained and encouraged
to use them from a very early age. Nail clipping should also
be part of a weekly routine.
Each time you see her little claws happily going at the tempting
and forbidden fabric, sharply and loudly say, "NO!" and clap
your hands loudly or squirting the stubborn kitten with the
squirt from a water pistol is also effective. Then take her
to her scratching post and place her paws on it. Pet her with
firm strokes along her backbone, telling her "Good Kitty!"
and encouraging her to use her scratch post.
Scratching posts should be sturdy and should allow her to
stretch up and vigorously scratch away, without it squirming
or toppling over. It should be placed in a convenient (for
the cat!) place so she will remember to use it. We highly
recommend those made of sisal, a rough rope that is wrapped
around the post. Sisal strips away the outer sheath of the
nails and cats love the feel on their claws. Other good choices
are rough industrial carpet, tree bark and corrugated cardboard.
If your house has different floors, it's a good idea to keep
a scratching post available on each level.