Cat Scratchers, Toys and Other Products Designed to Save Your Household from Feline Destruction
Cat lovers all have one thing in common they loathe about their pets, their habit of using valuable household furniture, walls, clothes, and more to sharpen their claws. Luckily, for feline lovers everywhere, there are a number of products available that will allow you to keep your cat in your home, while saving your valuable assets from slowly being reduced to rubble.
Cats are genetically inclined to scratch and sharpen their claws, and they have no problem using your furniture and other household items to do this if you do not provide them with a viable alternative. Veterinarians recognize this need and many have developed products to help. There are many corrugated cat scratchers, carpet scratch posts, and sisal scratchers on the market that will satisfy this primal need in cats and help to keep their claws conditioned.
Most professionals will recommend that you use a tower configuration that allows your cat to stretch their bodies while they sharpen their claws.
Cat Scratcher Toys
You may have seen these on TV or on the internet, but a new generation of cat toys that also double as cat scratchers promise to keep your cat entertained for hours on end as well as serve as a place for them to sharpen their claws. One example is the Bergan Turbo Cat Toy. It comes in a variety of colors and it works by placing a ball in a circular track that moves the ball around, tempting your cat to chase it. A scratch pad in the middle lets them sharpen their claws and it when it wears out, replacement pads are available.
Most of these products are inexpensive, with this example retailing on Amazon for just over $10. It’s a small price to pay to preserve your household. It also satisfies your cat’s need to hunt and pounce on their prey.
Cat Scratch Pads
If you own a cat that prefers to use your carpet as way to serve their instinctual need to sharpen their claws, a cat scratch pad just may be the product you need to save your carpet from destruction. These pads come in a wide variety of shapes and size and they are also inexpensive, retailing for as little as $10 or less. They are also made in a number of colors and are designed to keep your cat occupied and their claws out of your carpet.
Depending on the age and breed of your cat, not all of these products will be effective in getting the results you desire. But, since all of these products are very reasonable in price, you can experiment until you find the one that works best for you and your cat.
So use your best judgment in selecting one of these cat scratch products, and know that they also serve to make your cat healthier and happier while they satisfy some of their most primal needs as members of the feline family.