Danny B wrote:Morty wrote:Tonyblack wrote:
Sometimes they shred them. Does she have places to scratch her claws on? Cardboard might seem like just the thing.
A £9.95p purpose made scratching post that I could not afford. She looked at sniffed it and has never touched it......Before you ask it'didn't come in a cardboard box
First of all, make the sure the scratching post is firmly anchored. You could get screws and use a drill to secure it firmly to the floor, or do what I did and just make sure that part of the base is always wedged firmly underneath the gap at the bottom of the couch by nudging it with your foot each time you pass. Most cats hate a scratching post that lunges towards their heads as soon as they pull on it.
Secondly, make sure that good things always happen near or on the post. Sprinkle catnip onto the base, rub it into the sissal rope and so on. When you feed Aley a treat, rather than do it by hand drop pieces of it onto the base or on the top of the post. After a while, she'll scratch the post to see if this makes the good things happen again. Make sure to praise her thoroughly when this happens, scratch her behind her ears or under her chin or wherever her favourite spot is, and feed her something nice. After a few times of doing this, scratching the post will become its own reward and she'll go to it whenever she feels like a stretch.
Re cardboard boxes: Serene acceptance of the fact that cardboard boxes belong to the cat by default, immediately upon arrival into her territory and shall be played with/slept in/shredded mercilessy upon her whim at a given moment is really your only option. Brown paper bags of the type handed out in some shops will go the same way.
Brilliant reply Danny you have made it all make purfect sence.....The scratching post has never been secured and the one thing that reallt scares Aley is things happening too quickly near her. Aley is a rescue cat and has been badly abused as a kitten. If I'm in a rush she gets scared. When I'm very calm so is Aley. Your point of having the post secured makes very good sence.
Same with the cardboard boxes. I now see that anything that comes into my flat comes into her territory.
Thanks for all the time you've spent putting on such a detailed reply. Both Aley and I are most grateful to you.