Claws are an essential communication element of the cat.
By "clawing" your cat lays visual marks (the lines created by the scratch), but also olfactory thanks to the interdigital pheromones deposited during the claw. This is a way for your cat to show its presence on its territory, for you, and the congeners.
It is therefore important that the scratching post is clearly visible in your cat's place of life. Hence the interest of having a scratcher that harmonizes with your habitat, to avoid wanting to hide it in a less visible place, which would make it unattractive to your cat.
In addition, by making his claws, the cat stretches and renews its claws, which limits the risk of incarnated claws for example.
If your cat has already scratched a wall, I recommend placing the scratching post there. This is the most relevant "spot" that your cat has chosen to show his presence.
If the cat starts to scratch several places abnormally, or on the contrary does not make his claws anymore, I recommend you to talk to your veterinarian.
By Anne GÉRARDIN, Veterinary Doctor
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