That’s why cats scratch the doors, sofa, and furniture

Too little scratching possibilities

We’ve taken everything from our cats – they do not have to hunt anymore to get food, we make sure they find a hygienic cat litter box to do their “business” – and we even look for their mates for them have a playmate.

But her instincts are still there – they can – and do – we really do not want to turn off – that’s just the charm that a “wild animal” can be tamed and shares his affection with us.

Capturing, fighting and fleeing – the fun of exercise, but this is the engine that not only keeps the body fit but also ensures that a cat is required and joy of life. The excess tension must come from the body – but what if she can not? Then she looks for an outlet. Since today’s trees are growing in the least living spaces, it is necessary to provide what is alternatively available in the living space.

Scratching as a turf mark

In nature, cats scratch trees to show the other cats that they are there: “My territory” leaves them with the scorers in the tree and their personal fragrance.

They also cover their territory with urine and feces. Over the scratching of trees, they mark the borders: To this point and no further!

Cats also mark by rubbing their heads against objects or their humans. If a cat kicks around the legs as a greeting, she exchanges smell with her human; which creates a sense of community and ownership.

For the “marking work” trees have to serve otherwise: the rough bark offers enough resistance and is, therefore, the optimal carrier for the fragrances; at the same time the claws are cared for and sharpened, because the worn horn tissue – the empty claw covers – are simply scraped off at the tree bark. The tree bark is used by cats so as a kind of big nail file!

Scratching as a body care

All cats attach great importance to extensive body care: After all, they spend nearly four hours daily with it!

And while the claws are not too short: While we humans have to cut our nails only in certain intervals, the 18 cat claws in cat lingerie are meticulously daily plastered: for the paw is spread, claws extended and even meticulously cleaned the space between the toes.

The claws of the front paws are cared for by scratching, the hind paws with teeth and tongue. When the claws are whetted on a rough surface, the old, dead claw sheaths are stripped off.

Get rid of scratching

Crying off the scratching of cats

Offer your cat attractive scratch marks – preferably as many as possible – but at least 1-2 for each living space.

The trade offers an infinite variety of different equipment for unrestricted scratching pleasure:

Scratching Post:

It is best to choose a scratching post made of natural materials, such as non-polluting wood. They convince not only by high-quality workmanship and materials without chemicals but also do the cat well. Granted – they are slightly more expensive to buy, but it pays to invest in a solid tree in the long term.


Cat scratching bins are available with cave entrances and padded loungers inside. This kills two birds with one stone: the sturdy fabric is perfect for claw whipping and the caves offer cozy retreat possibilities: a new favorite place for your tiger!

Extra tip: designer scratching furniture: If you want to give the interior a special touch, you also have the opportunity to design your living space with individual cat furniture. This not only enhances the space but also makes the cat and the viewer fun!

Daily training: The sooner the better

The best place to post the new scratching furniture is where your cat prefers to stay – so close to their favorite places. Since cats are inherently curious, they will inspect and explore the new “thing” on their own.

If she does not show any interest, the imitation instinct can come to your aid as well: scratch first on the cat tree – you’ll see – she comes and marks you! (Or she just wonders about your strange behavior – her attention is sure to be sure!)

Early practice: already won’t the kittens to use the “ordinary” scratching options, then it goes from small on in flesh and blood.

Praise the cat instead of punishing it

And if it happens then …

Note: the cat does not do that to annoy you!

  • Gentle, but determined that your cat feels that the “Fehlkratzen” is prohibited: a clear “No” is one of them. Move the cat away from the “forbidden” spot to the scratching post, praise her and give her a treat when she starts scratching. This should happen soon.
  • No dragoons: Avoid cursing and shouting at your cat or splashing with water. It does not help to punish the cat after the “act” with resentment or offended disregard: these are human characteristics that the cat can not classify, especially if they are too far apart in time.
  • Negative measures will scare the cat, but it can also severely disturb the relationship with you: praise is more effective, connects you two more and will make the cat repeat the desired behavior pleasing to you.
  • Be patient! Cats have their own head and can be stubborn. Do not give up – otherwise, you might not only have damage due to misdirected scratching attacks, but also a dominance problem.
  • If all educational measures go nowhere, watch your cat closely. Pay attention to their body language, when and where it scrapes. Has anything changed in your home? Did new residents come to this? Is the cat boring? – Examine exactly what she might be missing and try to stop it.

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