|So you just bought a great scratching post, but if you don’t put it in an appealing location it will probably just become a dust collector. Find a spot your cat likes — which isn’t necessarily where you would put it.
Look at where and when your cat likes to scratch. If she does it when she gets up from a nap, place the post near her bed. If she likes scratching near her litter box, that’s the perfect location. It’s important that it be convenient for kitty when she has gets the urge.
Scratching posts are not the most beautiful addition to your decor, but if you keep yours hidden away, your cat may forget it’s there and head straight for your sofa. Spend time observing her patterns and you’ll find the perfect spot for her scratching post.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books. Her website is www.catbehaviorassociates.com
November 17th, 2011