This is about cat scratching.
Valley Girl (VG), in America, took a very nice picture of her super, rescued, polydactyl, smokey, female Maine Coon, Tootsie, with a ruff to match anything from 16th century Europe. She has the best ruff you’ll see on a cat but this post is not about Tootsie’s ruff, it’s about her claws. The picture VG took shows Tootsie using them against a scratching post and it gave me the idea for this picture post.
PoCers like to see claws particularly when they are used on a scratching post. If you have a nice picture of a scratching post or other scratching device being scratched please upload it in a comment. The instructions for uploading are below the comment box. If you have have the facilities to do it, please scale your picture to about a max of 640 pixels along the shorter length. If not don’t worry, just upload and I’ll do the rest.
The purpose behind this page is to promote the idea that there is a nice alternative to declawing your cat: buy a heavy, large, solid scratching post or scratching device – it can be horizontal. The larger the better because it won’t move when scratched and cats like a solid surface to scratch. A tree outside is what a cat would normally scratch.
Encourage your cat to use it. Place it at a strategic position. What is the best place for a scratching post? Please tell me, what you think. Somewhere prominent at a junction would be suitable, in my opinion. By “junction” I mean a place where different areas come together such as near the cat flap if you have a cat flap.
I say this because scratching is also marking territory for a cat (both visual and olfactory) and for wild cats a crossroads on trails within their territory or along borders of their territory are places where they can mark and get the message across most effectively to other cats.