Why do cats need scratching posts with horizontal, angled and vertical designs?

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Using a scratching post provides your cat with a surface for sharpening their claws, which keeps them maintained and comfortable. It’s also a space she can identify as belonging exclusively to her, and can provide a place for stretching and daily exercise.

If you’re experiencing a problem with your cat sharpening her claws in inappropriate places around your home, you might notice that she uses a few different types of surfaces. She may use the carpet in a stairway, and then stretch up and sharpen on your chair or doorframe.

She is partly doing this because she is marking her territory, leaving scratch marks at various levels around the house, so that if a strange cat were to appear, they would be sure to see that your kitten calls this place home. She may also be using it to stretch and strengthen her joints and muscles.

Scratching posts come in a variety of styles and materials. Think about the places your cat likes to scratch. Some cats prefer to scratch upright objects, while others like horizontal surfaces. Providing a few different places and materials can increase your chances of preventing inappropriate scratching, especially if you have more than one cat in the home. Different cats will most likely enjoy different kinds of surfaces.

You can also facilitate her stretching and exercise by providing her a larger climbing post, with different levels and ledges to play on. This will enrich an indoor cat’s environment and give her a place higher up off the ground to supervise her territory.

Keeping your cat’s nails trimmed will also help reduce the damage she does to your furniture, but the addition of a variety of places for her to scratch and play will help keep her happy and healthy for a long time.

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