Recently a study was conducted to examine the aspects of a cat's environment that affect inappropriate cat scratching behavior.
A cat with nothing to do will find something to do. Unwanted behaviors like aggression towards people and other pets, chewing and scratching of household items, over-grooming, vocalization, nocturnal restlessness, and inappropriate urination or defecation can be reduced by increasing environmental enrichment and activity. Every cat needs a minimum of two 10 minute sessions of intense interactive play every day. Some cats need much more. The addition of vertical cat living space, a catio (enclosed outdoor space), interactive toys like wand toys or battery powered toys, and/or the implementation of can help prevent boredom. And two cats are better at keeping each other entertained, especially when it comes to kittens!
While attracting your cat to the desired location for its scratching, it is importantsimultaneously to deter the scratching of inappropriate sites, such as your stereospeakers or the arm of your favorite chair. To do this you can take advantage of the cat'snormal aversion to aluminum foil or plastic wrap by applying either material around targetareas. For difficult-to-wrap locations, aversive odors, such as citrus-scented sprays, canbe applied, often to good effect. The French behaviorist Dr. Pageat believes thatpheromone-containing oily secretions from the glands between the cat's eyes and ears serveas an olfactory deterrent to scratching. The message sent is "Already claimed-pawsoff."
Here are some facts on your cat’s scratching behaviour:
Learn how to control the destructive behavior of cat scratching.
It is not uncommon to hear about a cat being removed from a home because of uncontrollable biting and/or scratching behavior. Anyone who has a cat, can describe incidents where their cat’s behavior was less than friendly, and at times could even be categorized as aggressive. While this aggressive kind of behavior is painful and frustrating to deal with, it is important to remember that cats never do anything without a reason. Cats are actually very predictable creatures, and biting and scratching are cause and effect behaviors just as most other undesirable behaviors. If you make the moral decision to join the ranks of the claw conservatives, what do youdo when your cat starts tearing up your furniture? Are there things you can do tocircumvent the problem, or do you just have to lock your furniture away behind closeddoors? The answers are yes, there are, and no, you don't have to, but to make inroads onthis thorny problem, it helps to understand the motivation of the scratching behavior. There are two basic kinds of biting and scratching behaviors in cats, and both of them are often caused by our own human failings. There is “playful biting and scratching” and “defensive biting and scratching”. Before you can understand which type your cat is exhibiting, it is important to remember that biting and scratching are perfectly normal behaviors for cats. It is an important part of their early development as kittens, because it is their only means of defense, as well as their natural way of killing prey in the wild. Most people forget that cats are predators by nature, despite the fact that they have been domesticated. Before attempting to discipline your feline, it helps to understand both behaviors.Understanding natural scratching behavior in cats starts with understanding the anatomy of a cat’s paw. Similar to humans, cats have 3 bones in each toe. The difference between our finger-nail and a cat’s claw is that the human nail grows from underlying tissue in the skin, whereas the claw grows directly from the last bone in the toe. Cat’s claws grow out in layers, with each new layer growing from the inner nail bed of the toe. The joint of the claw is “S” shaped to allow for retraction and extension, an important motion used in scratching, hunting, and climbing.