|Kitten climbing a 'tree' - a large scratching post.|
One consequence that comes to mind is that people who have thought about declawing their cat but resisted and bought a cat scratching post instead might then decide to have their cat declawed thinking that it is impossible to get their cat to scratch in the right place.
I hope people who have decided against declawing try again and purchase a large scratching post and put it where cats might mark territory as if they were wild cats. These places are normally in prominent locations within the cat's home range. An example might be near the back door if the cat is allowed to go out. When my cat goes outside he scratches trees. These are solid objects that don't move. Of course cats also scratch horizontally but in this post I am referring to the classic scratching post.
My opinion is that:
- a large scratching post that replicates to a certain extent a tree (see picture), placed
- in a prominent location that would be the cat's boundary of his or her home range or on a "trail" and
- to start the process of encouraging to scratch a scratching post while the cat is a kitten...
I am grateful for Dorothy for showing me the picture. I don't know who took the picture. If you see this and want a credit please leave a comment.