Alexa, in the picture above, seems to be voicing her concern over the state of one of her beloved cardboard Super Scratchers. I try to keep them changed out often because the girl is MAD about them. We keep several of them in the house, near some of her favorite places to scratch. More than any cat I’ve ever had the pleasure of being Mommy to, Alexa is a furry little ninja when it comes to scratching. I have to work to stay a step ahead of her, but placing scratching posts in her favorite areas helps.
Cats love to scratch. We have to remind ourselves that they have no idea they’re doing anything wrong. Scratching is as natural as eating and drinking for a cat. Our approach has to be one of outsmarting the cat. It’s absolutely impossible to make her NOT want to scratch. Common sense dictates that we give our cats alternatives. We can’t very well take the approach that they WILL NOT SCRATCH EVER AGAIN! We’ll be woefully disappointed and our cats will think we’ve completely lost our minds.
If you have a ninja scratcher, too, give the cardboard Super Scratchers a try. They’re in the pet sections of just about every store you can imagine and they’re ridiculously inexpensive. They can help save your sanity, the furniture, the walls, the door frames, the drapes, and possibly your pants. After all, we all know a cat’s philosophy…