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Cats Crave Human Companionship

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Cats crave human companionship and if they are left home alone too often or too frequently they can turn to destructive behaviors just as dogs do. A bored cat can be as destructive to your home as a dog. Cats scratch to alleviate boredom as well as scratching because it is an instinctual behavior
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Ways To Celebrate International Cat Day

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Ssshhh don’t tell your cats that International Cat Day is August 8; cats think every day should be International Cats Day! If you’re a cat parent or considering adopting a cat there are many things to think about, but one thing you won’t have to think about is the love your furry new companion will give!

If you’re new to cats, here are a few items you may not have thought about:

  1. Cats DO like their people. Contrary to popular belief, cats thrive when they are with their people or other cats or dogs in the house. A cat may be more solitary than a dog, but cats get lonely.
  2. Cats can be trained. If you don’t want your cat to scratch the couch or the door frame then offer them an alternative. Put a scratch post next to the area they’re scratching. Try out different scratch post types -- carpet, sisal rope, cardboard, sandpaper-type. If you have a motivated scratcher, use CLAWGUARD products to protect your furniture and home; This may help train the cat to not scratch those particular items -- it’s a win-win.
  3. Cats love to play. Yes, cats love to sleep -- a LOT, but they also need and require exercise. Invest in some catnip toys, feather on a string toys, interactive food puzzles and even a paper bag or box. Play with your cat to make certain they’re getting exercise and are healthy.

To more fully celebrate International Cat Day here are a few suggestions

  • Volunteer at a local shelter
  • Adopt a cat or kitten
  • Buy your cat a new toy
  • Make a donation to a local shelter or rescue
  • Visit a cat cafe
  • Take your cat to the vet for his or her annual check-up
  • Brush your cat to eliminate hairballs
  • Get a safety release collar for your cat along with his name and your contact information in case he escapes
  • Have a Cat Day party and invite your friends to bring their cats and let them have a play date!

How will you celebrate International Cat Day and cats every day?

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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Why Do Cats Scratch?

Posted by Beke Lubeach on

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 a cat owner, 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 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
  • To mark their territory. When they scratch they are leaving their scent behind so other cats in the house know, “this is my scratching area”

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

Here are ways 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 to protect furniture, window sills, door frames, carpets and more. CLAWGUARD Protection Tape easily conforms to the legs of couches, your window sills, door frames and more.
  5. Check out the newly released CLAWGUARD Furniture Shield, an item that proves, “you can have nice furniture and still have pets!” CLAWGUARD Furniture Shield is a nearly invisible protective Marine-grade piece of vinyl that affixes to any piece of furniture to protect it from the claws of your cat or dog. This product is easy to install, reposition or remove as needed and comes with clear head nickel-plated steel upholstery twist pins to hold the CLAWGUARD Furniture Shield in place.

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. Anywhere that your cat scratches you can place the 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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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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What Household Items Are Poisonous To Pets

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When it comes to our pets, many pet parents find themselves “puppy-proofing” their homes -- whether they are bringing home a puppy, a kitten or an older dog or cat they’ve just rescued.

There are some items that are common sense to keep your pet away from. Items such as:

  1. Household cleaners (invest in natural, pet-safe household cleaning items)
  2. Laundry soap, laundry soap pods (keep all laundry items in cupboards away from your pets)
  3. Electrical cords (puppies love to chew and may chew cords if they see them)
  4. Space heaters (these could be knocked over, be a fire hazard and burn your pets)
  5. Medications (your medications, even if they’re in child-safe bottles can easy be chewed through and gobbled down by your pets). Even pet medications need to be kept out of reach of your pets.
  6. Sharp objects such as scissors or knives. (We’ve known cats who’ve snagged scissors and dropped them onto the ground where they would have been a hazard for a dog in the house)
  7. Certain foods (chocolate, coffee, grapes, etc.)
  8. Batteries (this means any remote controls or other battery-operated items need to be kept away from your pets)
  9. Certain house plants (many of these are poisonous and deadly to your pets)
  10. Small toys (if you have children in the house who play games with small objects these could be swallowed by your pet)

We also know, as pet parents ourselves, that when we are eating and our pets are giving us those “puppy dog eyes” it’s easy to want to slip them some of your people food. We urge you to resist because many of our human foods simply aren’t healthy for our pets.

Here are five human foods to keep away from your pets:

  1. Salty snacks. These can lead to excessive thirst and urination and have the potential to cause sodium ion poisoning.
  2. Seeds from fruits. If your dog loves apples, just feed him apple slices and not any of the seeds. This goes for any seeds in fruits or vegetables.
  3. Bread dough, because of the yeast. If you’re a baker, don’t give your dog any bread dough; the yeast can rise in his stomach and cause health issues. Avoid any uncooked baked goods.
  4. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Period.
  5. Milk or other dairy products. Cats and dogs can’t easily digest dairy and this could lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

Our best advice? Feed your pet dog- and cat-friendly foods and treats. Teach them when they’re young or when you’ve just brought them home that begging at the table won’t gain them any of the human foods that are there and they will cease begging.

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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