5 Tips To Get Your Cat To Use The Scratching Post

two cats laying in a cat tree

Does your kitty always scratch on the furniture (or someplace they’re not meant to be scratching?)  Or perhaps, you want to get a cat and want to ensure that they use the convenient cat scratching post and not your magnificent upholstered dining table?  I assure you that reading these five tips will show you how to get your kitten to use the scratching post just the way you want it.

We have two beautiful cats that are part of our family already – Daney and Roney.  For now, we have no plans to add a new cat to our home pets.

Daney had been ours now for about seven years, and he is just a perfect cat for us. He is a cute cat. He makes use of his litter box and convenient scratching post very well, like an expert.  Daney doesn’t like to be petted or held. When he is in a good mood, he allows me to me give him a few scratches under his chin. But it’s just funny that he is in his most affectionate and vocal mood when his food bowl is empty. That could be the reason why it is a bit hefty.

5 Tips to make your kitten use his Nice Scratching Post

  1. Start training them when they are young

It is always good to start directing your cat to a scratching post when they are young.  When they are younger, it's still easier to lead them to make use of the scratching post instead of your furniture.  You can scratch your fingers along the post because they love that noise. It gets them to use the post as toys. To your kitten, it may be like a feather to a string or any other toy your kitten likes to pursue). Do anything you can to get them interested in the nice scratching post.

  1. Pick a suitable Cat’s Scratching Post Material.

Some cats may prefer cardboard, some like sisal; others may like the feel of a carpet. I advise that you to try a few to see what your cats like best.  Our cats prefer the sisal wrapped poles.

You should also take the height and sturdiness into consideration when buying a scratching post.  Since most cats like to stretch out, taller might be better. Ensure that the post is sturdy and does not move around when the cat is using it.

  1. Ensure that you have one Scratching post per cat.

Scratching acts as a kind of stress reliever for them and a way of cats marking their territory and it also helps them to feel secure in their home. Ensure that you have at least one post per cat because if you have only one scratching post, the other cats may not use it, and might use your furniture instead.

  1. Post Placement

Placing your kitten's scratching post at the right spot is essential. The post has to be placed at a prominent spot,  possibly close to the spot they are already scratching. Just close to a napping spot. This is important since cats use scratching a way to mark their territory,

  1. Encourage your cat to scratch a particular spot regularly.

If your cat scratches on inappropriate spots, like our Daney, and is an older cat,   try to encourage your cat to scratch on a specific location.  Try as much as possible to show your cat how to use a post. You can rub her paws on the post regularly or rub some catnip into the scratching post to grab her attention to it.