Cat Scratching? 5 Alternatives to De-Clawing

This post is sponsored by FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY®, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute pet photos are 100% my own.

Have a scratching cat? Have no fear! There are wonderful alternatives to de-clawing and they really work! I personally have one tip that will help save your furniture! #ad #feliway #feliwaycat Check it out!

Let me tell you – I was NOT happy when Juniper scratched through one of our brand new chairs last month.

We had been so happy that our long-term renovations had ended and we were all excited to celebrate with all the fun touches for our new bedroom. A big and colorful rug. Two comfy chairs to snuggle up in with a book next to the wall fireplace. Matching chairs with gorgeous pillows that Cassidy’s Aunt Deborah had made for us. We were so excited, and then extraordinarily disappointed when Juniper had scratched one of the chairs. Our brand new chairs! Luckily, she’s cute!

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It doesn’t have to be that way! You may be wondering why do cats scratch furniture? Cats are territorial by nature and like to feel in control of their territory. They have their own ways of telling other cats (and us) that “this is mine!” That’s why they leave scratches that are visible to you – those marks are “territory messages” from their paws. That’s why if you want to get rid of the “territory messages” on your beloved furniture, you can move those messages to places they SHOULD scratch. Make sense? It will! When it comes to cats and furniture scratching, your inclination may be to declaw your cat.

This is NOT the best option. Read on about my 5 Alternatives to De-Clawing:

1 – Keep your cats’ nails well groomed and trim.

2 – You can also invest in nail caps. They are placed over the cat’s claws. I used to call them nail mittens for cats. You have to re-apply them regularly, as cats’ nails grow fast. There are several brands that make nail caps.

3 – Deter your cats from the surfaces you love! People have different ways to do this – like applying foil or double-sided tape to the surfaces. Or they use fragrances that are pleasant to us, but unpleasant to cats – like citrus.

4 – Keep them entertained at home. Make sure they’re not bored! Have plenty of food, water, and toys and invest in a solid, sturdy, stable scratching post(s). Up to 40% of cat owners don’t provide a scratching post!? The best ones are tall enough for when your cat fully stretches out, won’t wobble when used by your cat, and have a texture your cat likes. You may need to try several – like sisal, carpet, cardboard, etc. We have one in each room. Speaking of scratching posts and areas..

5 – FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY®. This is a wonderful way to stop unwanted cat scratching. Cats are sometimes exercising their paws or cleaning their nails, but scratching is often about marking their territory. It’s about redirecting those “messages.”

FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY® is your simple answer to inappropriate scratching by by redirecting it to your scratching post. This is clinically proven to help reduce or stop unwanted scratching in the home on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Usage is simple! You cut the packet open and pour it on your surface. To be safe, place your scratching post horizontally over a sink or newspaper and apply slowly by drawing two or three lines. Then wait 5 minutes for it to dry.

Then place the post close to the area where your cat inappropriately scratched, or where they rest. And if you have more than one cat, make sure you have as many scratching posts as you have cats. The product sends a message to a cat visually (blue lines) and invisibly (“territory messages”) and this encourages your cat to scratch there. It mimics the natural feline territorial messages, which is that smart and simple solution! Use once daily for 7 days, and then 1 pipette at the beginning of week 3, and 1 pipette at the beginning of week 4. It’s recommended to complete a full 4 week protocol.

FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY® is perfect for many occasions, like adopting a new kitten, when you want your cat to scratch a scratching post he or she has previously ignored, when your cat is scratching in unwanted locations in your home, when stressful changes at home are anticipated, and when renewing a scratching post or introducing a new one into the home. Do not place your scratching post behind furniture or in a corner. It should be sturdy, stable, and tall enough (at least 90cm tall). They recommend using only vertical scratching posts made of cardboard or rope. We have one of each at home.

Have a scratching cat? Have no fear! There are wonderful alternatives to de-clawing and they really work! I personally have one tip that will help save your furniture! #ad #feliway #feliwaycat Check it out!

Do you have any tips for dealing with a scratching cat?

Have a scratching cat? Have no fear! There are wonderful alternatives to de-clawing and they really work! I personally have one tip that will help save your furniture! #ad #feliway #feliwaycat Check it out!

Bringing Home Baby: 5 Tips on Prepping Pets For New Baby

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Bringing home baby? Read 5 tips for introducing pets to babies! These tricks will help prep your dog and/or cat for baby #ad #ZylkeneDifference #MyHappyPets

When we first brought baby Scarlet home from the hospital nearly eight years ago, we had an elderly Siberian Husky.

Stormy had only ever lived with Cassidy – and in San Francisco, no less. She was accustomed to strolling through Haight/Ashbury, jumping up on counters to receive treats from store clerks, and getting friendly pets from tourists from all over the world. Now, suddenly, she had been driven over 3,000 miles to go through a New England winter – FULL of ice storms – and to watch my belly grow, and grow. That was when I wished we could communicate better with pets.

How could we help her with the transition?

Bringing home a baby is a HUGE adjustment for everyone – especially your pets! Stormy was used to living with only one person, and just when she had gotten used to me – we threw a baby into the mix. She was quite old then, and Des never got to meet her. That said, we have learned so much about preparing pets for babies since then. We are quite happily kid parents and pet owners. I always say that it’s important to me to get one-on-one time with each of my kids, as well as my husband, but that extends to Athena and Juniper too! Although I can’t promise that I get that special bonding time with all 11 of our chickens, but give me some time. You never know! I love all of our pets, and I want to do what’s best for them.

Chances are, your pets have always been an important part of your family, and always will be. Show them how much you care by taking those extra steps to help them through the introduction and transition of meeting your newest family member – your baby. They are used to getting all the attention, and now may feel uneasy with the unfamiliar noises of a crying baby, the changes in household smells, the new household routines, and all of the well-meaning and well-wishing visitors in the house! What do pets need? Love, and Zylkene – a behavior supplement that helps dogs and cats relax and cope with challenging new situations (fireworks, travel, storms, new babies, etc.) – but withOUT making your pets drowsy.

Zylkene helps pets cope with a variety of short-term or long-term situations, and it’s flexible for short- or long-term use.

5 Tips on Prepping Pets For New Baby:

1 – Before the baby arrives, arrange for a pet-sitter to be on call for when the big day arrives.

2 – Create a safe space/retreat for your pet for when you arrive home with your baby. It should include blankets, towels, or old clothes to make it smell familiar. Also, provide plenty of toys/scratching posts for your dogs and/or cats.

3 – After your baby is born, but still in the hospital, have a loved one take one of baby’s first items of clothing home for your pet to start getting used to the new smell by the time you arrive home with your baby.

4 – Make sure you get your pet’s attention, and vice versa, once you get home. Involve your pet in baby routines, whenever possible. You can offer a treat before feeding the baby, etc. Associate that baby with positive experiences! Ask visitors to pay special attention to your pet(s), and make sure your pet has plenty of toys so as not to take the baby’s stuff!

5 – Try an all-natural calming supplement like Zylkene. Incorporate it into your pet’s diet to help him/her cope with the changing situation. It’s clinically proven to help them relax without causing sedation or drowsiness.

Zylkene is easy to use and highly palatable for pets. You administer it once daily – either whole capsule or opened and mixed with food for one daily meal. The vegetable capsules are well-accepted by both cats and dogs. This balanced behavior supplement contains a unique, milk-derived ingredient that promotes calmness. Zylkene has been a trusted resource for pet owners, veterinarians, vet techs, and behaviorists around the world for over a decade.

Where can you get Zylkene for your home? Zylkene is available at your veterinary clinic or online. Visit the Zylkene website for details or ask your veterinary clinic for it by name.

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Zylkene is ideal for pets to help cope with various challenging situations, such as loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms), traveling with pets, etc.  Ask for Zylkene by name at your veterinary clinic, or purchase it online.

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This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received Zylkene products for my own personal review. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. If your pet’s behavior changes suddenly in any way, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she can rule out any underlying medical issues as well as make additional recommendations. Consult your veterinarian before giving your pet Zylkene. Follow the recommended administration on the package, unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian.

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