Why do cats scratch in the first place?As I mentioned before, scratching is part of the cat’s nature, so before you close the door forever on the idea of having a cat, for this reason, you need to understand that it is not a symptom of their bad behaviour. British Shorthairs, in particular, are generally the most stable of cats and don’t behave in a destructive manner unless something is very wrong. If you can discover the reason why a cat indulges in excessive scratching behaviour, you can avert a scratching fest -on your furniture at least. That way, you can have your vintage furniture and enjoy having a cat too. House cats feel the same need to trim their claws as their feral cousins do. But while the outdoor cats have access to trees and stone surfaces, the house kitty is at a disadvantage. A scarcity of suitable surfaces can prompt them to try their claws on your furniture. If it’s an old piece which has seen better days and is ready for despatch at the next clear-out, no worries. But if it’s a valuable vintage cabinet… well, that’s another story.
Scratching Is Not Always Destructive.Apart from the above, suggested urges resulting from their nature there are some other reasons for scratching… one being – cats simply enjoy the act of scratching, it amuses them. A ‘scratchable’ surface, like an upholstered piece of furniture, for example, can be pure joy. But there’s another reason for scratching… the cat who feels lonely and neglected is far more likely to do so. Therefore instead of focusing for ways to protect your furniture by buying a bunch of gadgets, make sure that you give your feline enough love & attention in the first place and only then look for other ways to avoid the damage. [sc name=”CAT TREES ORANGE”]
How to avoid scratching catastrophe?The first step would be to assure your cat that he is loved and safe, give him the attention that he needs. When that part is covered we can then think about protecting the pieces by placing, where possible, appropriate coverings on furniture which is likely to attract the cat. We can also limit Kitty’s activity to certain rooms which don’t contain vulnerable furniture. That’s often easier said than done though. Cats enjoy their freedom and don’t take kindly to having it curbed. If your cat desire to scratch comes from the urge to keep her claws in shape, you can make other suitable surfaces available (more than better). Scratching posts and boards are available in pet shops. Most cats love them. They usually give the furniture amiss when there’s a fun item around to scratch. By the time your cat is finished with the scratch post or board, it’s often completely destroyed, but that takes time and at least your furniture will be safe. You should have a happy, contented pet and your possessions intact. But what if your cat isn’t so happy? Cats who feel lonely and neglected because their owners are out too long can indulge in scratching furniture. The British Shorthair is an independent animal, but if the owner works long hours and frequently comes home late, there could be a problem. Worse still, if you sometimes stay out at night, the cat could become really upset. Cats appreciate routine and can generally tell the time. Disturbances in the routine can make them feel very insecure and this could manifest itself in excessive scratching.
What If The Cat Prefers My Furniture To The Toys?That’s actually highly unlikely. When you provide your cat with enough attention, a variety of toys, with different scratching textures (multiple types of scratching posts) no cat is going to choose to scratch your furniture. Trust me… healthy, happy, well-cared for cat rarely choose anything else. Many toys on the market today are so innovative and alluring. Many scratching boards include a hanging toy, which is a huge attraction for a curious cat, but those are available separately too if you need them. You may also attract the cat to the scratching post by spraying it with catnip… When choosing scratching post a lot of people recommend the ones with sisal fabric instead of sisal rope. Although very popular fibres of the rope may become dislodged and may be quite sharp, what eventually may discourage your cat from continuing to use it. Having said that… that is not the case with my Frank, he absolutely adores them. Those and cardboard scratching toys (those are quite messy though) are the best fun for him. To get the best possible toys for your cat, it’s worth exploring the pet shops in your area or online shops (where those are usually a lot cheaper). There’s a good variety of pet products on the market nowadays and most online stores will offer free and quick delivery. [sc name=”WET FOOD”]
Will Giving Milk to My British Shorthair Make It More Likely to Scratch Furniture?
When it comes to british shorthairs and milk consumption, it’s important to tread carefully. While some cats enjoy an occasional treat of milk, it’s not necessary for their diet. Moreover, excessive milk intake can lead to lactose intolerance and digestive issues, which might not only impact your cat’s health but also increase their likelihood of scratching furniture.