A few words about how to accustom a cat to scratching
The kitten in the house is beautiful. It is believed that these animals clean the aura and take away part of our life's difficulties. It's not entirely clear how they do it, but there is a mass of confirming facts when cats helped to cure an incurable patient, while perishing themselves. But the topic of the article is quite different - mercantile. How to save furniture and repairs from these "saviors", more precisely, how to accustom the cat to scratching?
This question is not really relevant for those who took a kitten from the nursery. Most often the breeders make the most of the training, and the kitten goes to a new house with a well-learned lesson. But for those who took pity on the homeless animal and brought it from the street, this problem can become a headache. The reason is banal. The street animal is not burdened with "frames", it goes to the toilet where it wants, and nails sharpen, too, not only in the permitted places. So they are used to it, because it is repeated from generation to generation. What can not be said about thoroughbred, so to speak "trained" cats, who live only in apartments. Here the mother transmits the acquired knowledge to her kittens.
How to teach a cat to scratch? The best is with this cat cat. Therefore, do not take the kitten earlier than two months after birth. It is better to give more time to the mother for upbringing. Believe me, they do it very competently. When choosing an animal, pay attention to the home of the owners, who contain the mother cat. If their house smells like urine, furniture and corners are peeled - refuse. The kitten will do the same.
But back to the situation where a kitten came to your house accidentally. Here are a few recommendations on how to accustom a cat to scratching. Having brought the animal, temporarily (a few days), limit its movement in a small space, in which there will be a tray and a scratching pad. For example, a corridor. Closely monitor him, in order to stop the opportunity to thread claws in the wrong place. After the kitten woke up and began to stretch, take it to the nail and "remind" what to do and where.
How can a cat be taught to scratch with minimal "victims"? In your home should be equipped with at least one "interesting" place, ideally in every room you need an angle for grinding the claws. In pet stores you can buy a house for a cat (with scratching) or a small column, special beds, made of cardboard and soaked in mint, the smell of which the cat simplyadore. As a result - the animal will go to sharpen there claws itself. They are not very expensive, but they will last long.
How to accustom a cat to scratching, if he has already chosen for this event is not what it should be? You will have to take his education seriously. Catching a bully during dirty manipulation, you need to take him by the withers and gently (!) To slap on the muzzle, while strongly hissing. Remember: you can punish the animal only if you find him red-handed. After five minutes, it does not make any sense anymore. The kitten just does not understand what he was hurt for. Punishment must be inevitable! So would his cat and mother.
All households distribute spray with clean water. Once someone finds a pet for ripping off corners, it must be sprinkled. At the same time, it is not worth expressing a negative about the animal. "Teacher" should be one! Over time, the kitten develops a reflex: as soon as it comes to this place - it splashes with water and hiss (the work of an atomizer). Most often, the training takes no more than a week.