CLAWGUARD Launches New Cat Training Tape to Growing Portfolio

Amber Johnson-Drake
Clawguard helps pet owners develop a stronger relationship with their pets by keeping their pets and homes safe. The latest cat training tape by Clawguard will now protect the owner’s house from clawing, scratching, and unnecessary jumping of the pet cats.

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How Pet Owners Can Combat Pet Mess

Robbi Hess

Your homeowner’s insurance will not protect you or provide financial compensation if your dogs or cats scratch the doors and window sills. As a pet owner, it’s up to you to be proactive and find ways to combat pet messes and pet destruction. You need to protect your home and stop the damage. Losing renter’s security deposits and having to replace doors and other items your beloved pets destroyed is stressful (and costly) for everyone!

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How Do I Get Pet Damage Insurance?

Robbi Hess
At CLAWGUARD we have discovered that homeowners insurance and renters insurance will not cover pet home damage! You may wonder, though, “How do I get pet damage insurance?” The sad fact is, you can’t buy insurance that will reimburse you for dog or cat damage to your home or apartment.

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Why Do Cats Scratch?

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If you live with cats you know they have one thing in common. They love to scratch. Cats will scratch their pet parents, the couch, window sills, carpets, the walls, the doors and more. Why do cats scratch even when you try to train them not to? It’s instinctual behavior.

As cat owners, you need to provide your cat with acceptable items upon which to give into their instinctual behaviors. If you don’t want your cat to scratch the arm of the couch, provide him another alternative -- put a scratching post by the couch. When he starts to scratch the couch, calmly get up and move his paws and claws to the scratching post. Many cats can be trained through positive reinforcement to scratch on acceptable items and not destroy your home!

Why Do Cats Scratch?

To get into the mind of your cat, you need to know, “why do cats scratch”?

  • It feels good
  • To rid themselves of dead layers on their claws
  • To stretch
  • To say they’re happy
  • It helps fight off stress
  • If they’re frustrated
  • When they’re happy

From a scientific standpoint, cats scratch as a way to “mark their territory.” When they scratch, they are leaving both a visual marker as well as an olfactory marker. Cats have glands between the pads of their paws and when they scratch they leave an odor behind to let other cats in the house “know” that that piece of furniture or door or window sill has been claimed.

As you can see from the list, there are many reasons why cats scratch your furniture and you can see that it’s important for you to provide them an outlet for scratching that won’t destroy your furniture or your house.

Here are some things you can do to keep your cat happy and your home protected:

  1. Place a scratching post by the item the cat is scratching and encourage her to scratch the post not the furniture
  2. Try various types of scratching posts until you find one your cat likes. Some enjoy scratching on sisal rope, others like carpet, still others enjoy scratching on cardboard scratch pads or a piece of natural wood or a log. If your cat doesn’t like the first option you offer, try another.
  3. Praise him when he scratches the scratching post. Positive reinforcement is key.
  4. Use CLAWGUARD protection tape and CLAWGUARD furniture shield  to protect furniture, window sills, door frames, carpets and more. Some cats simply won’t stop scratching specific items and if that is how your cat behaves, it’s best to protect the items he won’t stop damaging. When you use the furniture shield your cat can still stretch and scratch, they won't destroy your furniture. Anywhere that your cat scratches you can place CLAWGUARD furniture shield.

What have you done that has helped stop your cat from scratching the furniture? Please share with us your tricks and tips!

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  

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