Totem Cat Scratching Post with Sisal post, carpet base and catnip toy.
Great fun for our feline friends and keeps claws healthy and trimmed.
Totem Cat Scratching Post approx size: 38cm x 38cm x 59cm
Cats need to scratch to keep their claws sharp, exercise and stretch their muscles and mark their territory. If you fail to provide an acceptable area to scratch then your carpets, furniture and wallpaper may get damaged. Once a cat finds an attractive area to scratch they will always return to it! Scratching posts come in all shapes and sizes and are an essential addition to your home.
Cats scratch for two reasons:
- to keep their claws in great condition
- to communicate with other cats and leave a reminder for themselves Scent glands between the paw pads produce a unique smell which is left on surfaces when cats scratch. This scent, combined with the scratch marks and discarded claw husks, leaves a sign for your cat and a message for other felines in the area.
Your cat needs to keep their claws in good condition, so if they have limited access to the outdoors, they will have to scratch in your home.
If your cat is scratching in many places in your home, including conflict areas like windows and doors, it is likely that your cat is scratching for communication reasons and feels insecure in these areas. Just as with spraying, the most common cause of scratching indoors is the presence of another cat.
The reasons for cats scratching can change over time. Some cats learn that scratching certain objects (eg your sofa) means they get more attention. This is why it's important to praise your cat when they scratch a post and ignore them when they scratch inappropriate objects.