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For a cat, scratching is a natural, necessary act. Besides keeping her claws in top shape, the stretching involved in a good scratch keeps her upper body strong and loose. Also, every time a cat scratches a surface, scent glands between her toes leave her signature smell for others to find. In this way, she marks her territory, even if that happens to be in your living room.

Just because a cat must scratch doesn't mean she must destroy your furniture. Redirecting a cat's scratching to an appropriate object simply requires patience, flexibility and time. To keep your cat from grooming her claws on your couch, you must give her some furniture of her own.

Scratching posts come in a wide variety of sizes and textures. If your cat doesn't use the scratching post you have purchased, observe what she does scratch. Most cats have a preference as to the texture they scratch on. Experts discourage providing carpet-covered posts, especially if you have carpeting in your house. Your cat won't understand the difference between the carpet on the scratching post and that on the floor. They both feel good to her.

Some cats like to extend their entire bodies when they stretch to scratch. Others just work their shoulder muscles. If your cat is one of the former, you'll need to provide a tall, sturdy scratching surface. No matter what height your cat likes to use, be sure the scratching surface is stable. If your cat begins scratching and the post or board falls, it will frighten her and she will likely not use it again.

Another important factor to consider when providing scratching surfaces is their location. If you watch your cat, you'll notice she will tend to look for a scratching spot wherever you spend a lot of time. That is why so many cats ruin their owner's easy chair or couch. She is marking your spot as part of her territory, claiming ownership over you just in case some other cat comes in and gets the wrong idea. Putting a scratching post beside your favorite relaxing place will let her do her job without annoying you.

Remember, too, that your entire home is her territory. For that reason, it is a good idea to place scratching surfaces throughout the house, in places where you tend to linger. Bedrooms, kitchens, home offices are all places that are important to your cat because that is where you are likely to be.

If your cat persists in scratching furniture instead of the appropriate surface, you will have to retrain her. When you catch her about to scratch inappropriately, say "no" in a loud voice. Pick her up and carry her to her scratching surface. Some experts suggest gently taking her paw and simulating scratching to give her the right idea. If your cat only attacks the furniture when you are out of sight, it might be best to confine her to one room when you can't supervise her. Be sure to put food, water, a litter box and, of course, a scratching surface in the room with her. Once she seems to have gotten the hang of only using her scratching posts, she can have free run of the house again.

© 2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard.

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Nationwide drops pet insurance for 100,000 policyholders  USA TODAY

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More than 4,000 additional robotic pets to be given to seniors in New York to combat loneliness  ABC News

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Bird Flu Is Infecting Cats (and the Occasional Dog). Here's What to Know.  The New York Times

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Tim Dowling: our family’s fussiest eaters? That would be the pets  The Guardian

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Woman upset over not being invited to dinner party because of her stance on pet cats  The Independent

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29 Pet Products That'll Actually Complement Your Home Decor  BuzzFeed

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Multnomah County Animal Services announces pet adoption sale as kennels reach capacity  KOIN.com

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West Mifflin leaders answer questions about ordinance limiting pets  CBS Pittsburgh

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Signs of heatstroke in pets; what signs to look out for  10TV

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7 pets found dead, 16 pets found in neglectful conditions in Canton home; Couple charged  Cleveland 19 News

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Internet Obsessed With Dog Using Pet Cam to Let Mom Know He 'Needs a Treat'  Newsweek

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2 pets dead after Lexington house fire on Saturday  LEX 18 News - Lexington, KY

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Protecting your pets from the scorching heat  WSLS 10

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Pets of the week | Local | journalgazette.net  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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54 pets adopted during BISSELL's 'Empty the Shelters' | Community News | postandcourier.com  The Post and Courier

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Newlyweds, crowd, pets gather at Turning Brook car show  Alpena News

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Protecting pets from extreme heat during the summer  Fox Carolina

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Keep outdoor pets safe during summer heat - The Oxford Eagle  Oxford Eagle

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Brett Yates: Housing that makes room for pets is good for business  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Protecting pets’ paws in the summer heat  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

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How to keep your pets safe in the heat  WUSA9.com

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Nationwide Pet Shedding 100,000 Policies  Insurance Journal

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Select Clarksville Pets of the Week for June 17th, 2024  Clarksville Online

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First look inside Aquatic Pets: quite possibly Wichita's largest fish store  Wichita By E.B.

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Short Interest in Pets at Home Group Plc (OTCMKTS:PAHGF) Declines By 20.4%  Defense World

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Congratulations to the June RJN Pets of the Month  River Journal Staff

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Meet Snap, Crackle, Pop and Krispy- Pets of the Week | The Journal of the San Juan Islands  Journal of the San Juan Islands

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Brentwood Certified as a 'Better Cities for Pets' Until 2027  Williamson Source

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Upstate animals advocates warn against leaving pets in hot cars  WSPA 7News

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Heat wave hits DMV: How to keep your pets safe, spot heat exhaustion  DC News Now | Washington, DC

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How to keep your pets cool and safe in CSRA's high temps  WRDW

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Over 200 pets found new homes at Best Friends' adoption event  KFSM 5Newsonline

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Around 200 pets adopted at Best Friends Animal Society ‘Super Adoption’ event  KNWA

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Heat advisory: tips to keep you and your pets safe from heat-related illness  WKBN.com

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How to keep your pets cool and safe in CSRA’s high temps  WRDW

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Make Summer Travel with Pets Enjoyable and Seamless - Tri-County Reporter  Tri-County Reporter

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'Adventurous' pet monkey reunited with owner after running loose  KOLO

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Pa. borough considers limiting pets per household | Today in Pa.  PennLive

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Pet peeve: West Mifflin says cat, dog, chicken ownership should be limited  90.5 WESA

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We Figured Out Why This Electric Nail File For Pets Has So Many Positive Ratings  HuffPost

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Pet bearded dragons carry salmonella outbreak to Georgia  WRDW

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Protect pets during the dog days of summer  Jacksonville Daily Progress

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Keeping outdoor pets safe during extreme heat  The Cullman Tribune

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So I Tried… Pet the Pup at the Party  GameGrin

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

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KPRC 2 Pet Project: Meet Albie, the sweet and sassy cat  KPRC Click2Houston

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West Mifflin considering putting limit on pets per household  CBS Pittsburgh

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

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Pets with Potential: Meet Mia, Phellony and Ampersand  WCAX

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

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Animal Defense League waives pet adoption fees for Father's Day  FOX 29

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of June 16  Summit Daily

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PET OF THE WEEK: Catalina  Odessa American

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Four pets die in house fire in Augusta on Eidson Drive on Saturday  The Augusta Chronicle

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Rainy weather brings toxic cane toads. How to keep your pets safe from invasive species  Naples Daily News

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Ticked off! @bad pet owners - Ticked off! @bad pet owners  Orlando Sentinel

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PETS MISSING AFTER SPRING VALLEY HOUSE FIRE  East County Magazine

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

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Pawsitive Life Rescue hosts low-cost pet vaccine  KRQE News 13

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Big dogs vs. small dogs (and rescue dogs make the best pets)  Ontario Argus Observer

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Pet Talk: Mental disabilities in pets  Sentinel & Enterprise

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Congratulations to the June 2024 River Journal Pet of the Month  River Journal Staff

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Pets of the Week: Mouse and Mona | Features | dcourier.com  Prescott Daily Courier

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‘Pets on Main’ Parade and Fundraiser: Grabill Chamber of Commerce holds event in support of Loyal K9 Rescue  21 Alive News

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The ground gets much hotter than the air during the summer  WTHR

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PET OF THE WEEK | Tyson  Texarkana Gazette

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

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Pets of the week: Rufus is unusual for Michigan. Sushi loves treats  MLive.com

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Ivy League salaries, Ozempic for pets, and online passport renewal: Lifestyle news roundup  Quartz

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Pets of the Week  Manning Live

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) - Pima County
Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

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After-hours pet care clinic to open its first NYC location in Staten Island  SILive.com

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Fireworks and Pets: Ensuring a Safe & Calm Celebration  Tigard Life

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Funny Rottweiler Finds Creative and Relaxing Use for Exercise Ball  Parade Pets

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Keep pets safe in the summer heat - Parkersburg  WTAP

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Truckee-Tahoe – Pet of the Week: Skylar  Tahoe Daily Tribune

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Pet Vet: Heat Stroke and Stress  WNDU

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)  Pima County

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Adopt Chaplin at Austin Pets Alive!  FOX 7 Austin

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Letters from readers: Beloved pets, genius of footballer Lionel Messi and weird favours  South China Morning Post

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'Pets on Main' Parade and Fundraiser: Grabill Chamber of Commerce holds event in support of Loyal K9 Rescue  21 Alive News

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Humane Society gives advice on keeping pets cool in heat  WPSD Local 6

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Keep Pets Safe During the Summer | Hot Springs Sentinel Record  Hot Springs Sentinel

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Pet Bearded Dragons Pose Salmonella Danger, CDC Warns  El Paso Inc.

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Over 1,000 pets up for adoption at Brandywine Valley SPCA event in Delaware this weekend  CBS News

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Adopt Pumba at Austin Pets Alive!  FOX 7 Austin

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NASA's Laser Relay System Sends Pet Imagery to, from Space Station  NASA

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How smart pet technology, AI are helping (and possibly harming) pets  The Washington Post

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This NYC vet makes house calls. In 'Pets and the City,' she's penned a memoir full of tails  The Associated Press

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Researcher Warns Pet Cats Risk Getting Bird Flu and Possibly Infecting People | University of Maryland  University of Maryland | School of Public Health

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This popular reptilian pet is spreading salmonella in nine states: CDC  SILive.com

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Sioux Falls Area Humane Society holding pet microchip clinic  Dakota News Now

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Experts warn of diphtheria-like illness that may spread between people, pets  UPI News

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