When asked not to scratch the furniture, Leeloo says:
“This is disturbing. It’s disturbing cause it feels good on my paws to scratch the furniture. Furniture is the best to scratch on.”
As many cat owners know cats love to scratch the furniture.
Some of the reasons I have heard are, “I like to stretch my back & arms”
“I’m trimming down my nails”,
and “I am just climbing”.
What ever the reason is this you want to tell your cat:
“People like to have nice things. (picture your furniture) when you scratch our nice things it ruins them. (picture them ruined). I think it is ugly and our guest think it is ugly. (picture everyone with a disgusted sad face.). We want to keep our house nice. So we have bought you these cat scratchers (picture the cat scratchers.) Please use them.”
If the scratching is really terrible I will explain,
“Some people are so upset about their cats scratching the furniture that they take their cats in to declaw them. They cut off part of their toes to do this. This surgery is very painful and mean. You will always have your nails but I want you to know that people get so upset about this that they do mean things to their cats. Please listen to me and scratch in these places (picture the ok places.). I love you, you will always be safe. I want you to respect our things.”
cardboard scratchers with organic catnip
post with sissal rope
carpet cat trees.