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The final purpose of scratching for cats is to stretch their limbs. Firstly, it feels great, just like it does for humans. Secondly, it helps increase blood flow, says Andrew Cuff of the Royal Veterinary College in London (). Stretching can also help your cat to wake up after a nap.
● Location– Because scratching is a territorial behavior, many cats prefer to scratch in a prominent, visible area. It’s best to place the scratching post in an area that’s easily accessible for your cat. If your cat already has an established scratching and stretching place, be sure to locate the scratching post close by. If you have more than one cat, it’s best to have scratching posts for each of them.
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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. Think about the games your cat plays. When he chases a ball or mouse toy, his goal is to win the game by catching the object and controlling or defeating it. His perception is to dominate using whatever skills he has (his claws and teeth) in order to defeat and or “kill” the prey. He is not acting aggressively, but merely utilizing the only method he knows to be successful. A cat’s main form of play involves biting and scratching in "winner takes all" battles, whether with another cat, a toy mouse, or an unsuspecting human who finds he has become his cat’s plaything.You can buy scratching posts at your pet store or you can build one yourself. Rough hewn 4x4's set vertically with a few horizontal resting platforms are ideal. Whether buying carpet to cover a home made post or purchasing the finished item, remember to take along a comb to check that there are no loops in the carpeting which will snag the cat's claws. You can also attach the carpeting underside-up, as the backing has a rough texture that cats enjoy.Cats love to scratch. The feeling they get running their claws on a hard surface can be relaxing and calming. Scratching also helps them mark their territory and feel more secure. But when as a scratching post, it’s not very relaxing for you!