Itchin’ For a Cat Scratching Post?

by Melissa R. on August 13, 2010

Gratuitous cute kitten photo...

Gratuitous cute kitten photo...

Got cats? Got scratched up walls, window sills, chair & table legs, carpeting and worst of all – your own leg?! I hear ya! Here’s our story about cats & scratching…

(Keep reading to find out how you can WIN AN ULTIMATE CAT SCRATCHING POST for your cat!)

Our two little demons… I mean kittens… are not being declawed. We have opted to train our cats so as not to put them through unnecessary surgery.

Right from the very start, we bought a couple small cat scratchers, and always encouraged our kittens to use them. We’d play scratch on the scratcher ourselves, which would entice the kitten to come check it out. We started buying some other varieties as well – small standing ones, scratchers you can hang on a door knob (Ritter LOVES this), and then even some full-fledged cat furniture. Whenever we would see one of the kittens begin to “scratch” somewhere inappropriate, we would scoop them up, place them by the nearest scratcher, and encourage them to have at it! We would sprinkle catnip on the scratchers to try to entice them as well. Little by little, it seemed to work. Our cats are often seen happily scratching away at any of their multiple scratchers, and NOT ripping up our furniture or carpets. Yay for cat scratching posts!

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For a chance to win this Ultimate Scratching Post, simply leave a comment in this blog post explaining why your cat deserves or needs to win it. Comment by noon CST on 08/17/10. Limit one comment per person. We will pick one lucky winner. No purchase is necessary to participate. You should be a legal resident of the United States and 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Shipping to winner will be supplied by Drs. Foster and Smith. To see who won, go to http://www.dfs-pet-blog.com/2010/08/cat-scratching-post/. Sponsor: Foster & Smith, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Rhinelander, WI 54501-0100. Employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.


About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Jack Stepongzi August 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

It’s important to teach your cat early the places they are allowed to scratch and the places they are not allowed to scratch. Our cats have the cardboard scratchers and the rope on their cat trees and use nothing but them to scratch on. I can leave the house and not worry about any scratching destruction.

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