How Can I Get My Cat To Use The Scratching Post?
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Q: How can I get a cat to use a scratching post? I bought a scratching post for my cat but he prefers my couch and wicker furniture.
A: To get your cat to use a scratching post, first, you must teach your cat that it is not ok to scratch your furniture.
This requires significant behavioral modification. Try to make your cat associate furniture with something undesirable. When your cat does go near the furniture, make a loud noise or spray him or her with water so your cat is scared away.
The second step to get your cat to use a scratching post, is to make the scratching post attractive to your cat.
Keep the scratching post in an area that is easily accessible to your cat. Just like you punish bad behavior it is important to reward good behavior.
When your cat approaches the scratching post you should praise him or her and use treats as a reward for scratching pot use.
If your cat absolutely refuses to use the scratching post, try a few types to see what your cat likes most.
If your cat still won't use a scratching post, try to keep your cat's nails as short as possible. Cats with short nails are typically less inclined to sharpen them on your furniture!