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How to Stop Your Cat From Scratching

Consider the source. Give your cat a scratching surface similar in texture to the surface she prefers. If she likes the carpet, she may prefer a horizontal surface rather than a post.

Provide alternatives. Put toys, treats, or catnip on top of the scratching post or surface, which will help your cat learn to prefer those scratching tools.

Create a scratching space. Confine your cat with her scratching carpet or post to a small carpeted area that you cover with a plastic office mat.

Give them a trim. Clip your cat's nails to lessen some of the damage of scratching.

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Reviewed on November 14, 2013

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