There are lots of good reasons why your cat scratches and claws around the house, none having to do with a desire to destroy your expensive belongings!
Using their claws is a perfectly natural feline behavior and provides a number of positive benefits to the animal. Among them:
- It helps kitties stretch and tone their shoulders and legs.
- It sheds the older layers of nails and keeps the claws clean and smooth.
- Kitties use clawing to mark their territory both visually and with the scent of their paw pads.
- It reduces stress and just plain feels good!
If your kitty seems to have a special fondness for shredding your favorite spots in the house like your side of the bed or your recliner, according to Amy Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant, it’s because she loves you and wants to share her scent with you.
It’s important to understand why your kitty scratches so you can direct her energies toward less destructive use of those sharp little claws.