So, your cat still won’t stop scratching up every piece of furniture in your home, no matter what you do? You’ve bopped noses, spritzed feliney hiney with water, taken away favorite toys, put them in time out… Ok, so, no one really knows how to put a cat in time out yet, but you get the idea. Yet, no matter what you do, your angel has his or hers claws in something else; sometimes, with you in the room watching!
Your first thought is that you have a pure-blooded rebel on your hands. You find yourself sitting at work fretting over what you’ll find destroyed when you return home or envisioning your baby plotting to shred your home to ribbons, creating strategies regarding which pieces of furniture to demolish in which order.
Would it help if we assured you that they are NOT doing this on purpose; that it isn’t part of a feline conspiracy? Believe it or not, your cat does not take pleasure in tearing up expensive things you treasure. Some of the real reasons why cats do this include boredom, anxiety, anger, need to protect their hooman pets from “threats” they can hear, but not see, using the oils under their claws to mark things with their scent, etc.
If you believe that boredom is behind your feline’s prickly moods, we can help! Read on for some of the best tips and toys about which we know to sate the feline urge to attack everything in your home.
Bored + Extra Energy
Having a super-energetic kitty is awesome (and pretty rare)! However, we rarely share that energy, especially after a long day of working or running errands. That means our babies can be difficult to keep up with. They still deserve playtime and attention, though, even when exhaustion starts nipping at our eyeballs. We recommend catnip treats (or a small pinch of plain, straight catnip), catnip toys, or things they can chase, slap over and over, or hide and find again at will. Catnip is a sort of cure-all with kitties. It acts as a natural pain reliever, stimulant for some cats (at first, hence the crazy feline frenzy moments after they touch or consume the stuff), mild sedative (well, at least once the initial super burst of energy wears off), and an all-purpose bundle of fun in toys and training tools. Toys they can chase, such as the Interactive 3-Level Tower of Tracks Exercise Cat Toy, create fun from which you can walk away and cook, do some cleaning, or take a little doze on the sofa, and know that your baby is safe and happy.
Another awesome toy for a restless feline is the Cat Fun Electronic Rolling Ball Toy with LED Laser. Press “On,” choose a speed, and watch it, and your cat, GO! This toy’s is designed for cats just learning how to play (slow speed), cats who like to play at a moderate pace for longer periods of time (medium), or those who play hard and fast for a short time, then enjoy long, luxurious naps (fast). Not only does it give your cat something to chase all over the place, the laser provides a secondary activity to keep his or her brain stimulated and maintain his or her devoted interest in the toy for hours of fun and exercise.
Half ‘n Halfers
If you have a cat who goes from bouncy and playful to stretched out and lazy in .2 seconds, this next suggestion is for you! The Fun, Entertaining, and Collapsible Cat “S” Shaped Tunnel allows your cat to play spirited games of hide and seek (from you, your kids, or his or her other animal siblings in the house), gives him or her a good hunting training ground/obstacle course, and, a cool, safe place to collapse (Pun intended, of course!) when he or she is all played out and ready to nap (well, for a few hours, at least).
Chronic Scratchers (Even When You’re Watching)
Sometimes, and in some cats, the urge to scratch is overwhelming, even when they feel your eyes on them and know that correction is imminent. These are the times (and felines) that make us believe our cats just want to grind our last nerve; that their sole purpose for scratching up furniture is just to destroy everything out of spite. In truth, they may just be a little frustrated that, in THEIR house (we all know felines only allow us to pay their rent and provide them with food and entertainment in their homes!), we keep calling everything “mine,” “ours,” or “not yours.” Perhaps, they just need something to call their very own, with which we cannot tell them what to do (or not to do). Our Natural Sisal Wrap Around Furniture Cat Scratching Post may be just the thing for these jealous, scratchy kitties. The sisal fibers smell wonderful to your feline (they are often pleasant to us, too!), feel great under those destructive claws, and they satisfy that urge to scratch, sharpen claws, or defend and protect something that belongs only to them. Best of all, once they have something they CAN scratch, they’ll soon forget about finishing the section of your recliner on which they were last working. Beware the small rebellious streak on which every feline can call at will, however! Set this new cat furniture within easy reach and access for your cat, but do NOT put too much emphasis on the fact that you WANT them to scratch on it. If they engage you in a battle of willpower (we ALL know this war: the one in which they refuse to scratch on it, no matter how tempting, just to monitor YOUR reaction), it’ll sit, unused, for a long time to come!
If you’re the DIY type, we have a suggestion for you, too! If you’ve ever contemplated making your own cat toys and/or furniture, to tailor it to your unique feline’s tastes and preferences, you could start by making them a simple, awesome scratch post. We have 3M Sisal Rope DIY for Making Cat Scratching Post Toys! You can use this on anything, from old cardboard paper towel or toilet paper rolls, sturdy metal doll stands, or even the legs of dining room chairs, bar stools, etc. Anything around which you can wrap the sisal rope can become an awesome cat scratching post.
What About You and Yours?
Do you have a success story about you and your restless, scratching fur baby? Please feel free to tell us! We love to hear about all the felines of the world (and it’s kinda nice to know that we’re not alone, too)!