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How can I get my cat to use his scratching post?

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My cat seems to think everything in the house is something that he should scratch. My couch looks horrible. I bough a scratching post for him to use, but he just ingores it. What can I do to get my cat to stop using everything but his scratching post to sharpen his nails?
asked Jan 20, 2014 in Cat Behavior by anonymous

1 Answer

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Make the scratching post attractive to your cat by rubbing catnip over it. Place a toy that dangles on top - that should get his attention. Or place favorite treats at different levels. You can try scratching it yourself and maybe that will show him what it's for. Cover the areas elsewhere that he uses as a scratching post with 2-sided sticky tape. There are also sprays that  available that are safe, but have a smell that cats don't like and will discourage your cat from using the furniture as a scratching post. Keeping his nails trimmed helps too.
answered Jan 22, 2014 by (36,420 points)
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