Why do cats scratch things?

Why do cats scratch things?

December 27, 2015 0 Comments

Before designing our Politikat scratching posts, we first had to research why cats had such an affinity for scratching its nails along furniture. Rather than for the simple pleasure of wrecking your stuff and decreasing its resale value, we found that cats actually do this for multiple reasons.

The main reason for doing so is to relieve the itch they feel under their claws by removing the dead outer layer of skin from their claws. Cats also tend to scratch items in your home in order to mark their territory  by leaving both a visible mark of their passing as well as a scent. Cats have evolved to have scent glands in their paws in order to allow their to mark territory and warn others of their presence more easily.

Similar to how we stretch in the morning, cats enjoy stretching their bodies and flexing their feet and claws after taking one of their daily naps. The process of stretching and scratching prepares them mentally and physically for the hunt. What better way to do so than letting them practice on Netanyahu.  Cats also enjoy wrecking your furniture for your love and attention. They know that you appreciate all the holes in the leather sofa. Perhaps they think you made a wrong choice on the colour and need to get rid of it asap.

 

If you are having trouble getting your cat to scratch its new post. Read the following for tips on getting it to play!

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