Destructive cat behaviour problems
Your cat probably has lots of quirky habits, which is one of the many reasons they’re so much fun to be with. But sometimes their behaviour can surprise you – maybe yours has been scratching and clawing things you don’t want them to, for example, or shredding an innocent pair of curtains. We often associate chewed-up furnishings and general mayhem with mischievous or anxious dogs, but a destructive pet with cat behaviour problems can do their fair share of damage too.
Cats’ claws are very effective at their job, and they can be used to shred furniture, stereo speakers, doorways, cabinets, clothes, or just about anything else lying about the house. Don’t underestimate what they can do – mischievous cats can get just about anywhere if they want to! But what makes them act destructively?
Scratching with their claws helps cats shed their claw sheaths. In some ways this means they’re helping you take care of them, as their claws will need less trimming – they’re just not doing it in the way you’d necessarily want! Scratching things also leaves a visible and chemical scent marker that identifies their territory.
Sometimes a misbehaving cat will also chew certain materials such as leather, fabric, and cardboard – anything is game.
How to stop a cat scratching furniture
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