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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COVID-Related Separation Anxiety When Returning to the Workplace

Amber Johnson-Drake
COVID has had an impact on all of us including our pets. For us, staying home meant a substantial reduction in our interactions with other people. Our pets, on the other hand, likely gained a significant amount of socialization time. They undoubtedly embraced the extra time and attention they received as a result of our increased presence at home. However, when pet owners return to work, it's not easy for them to understand why we are no longer able to be around as frequently.

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CLAWGUARD searches for the next top cat model

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CLAWGUARD, a company that makes products to protect homes from pet damage, will soon launch its Cat Training Tape, and it’s looking for the perfect cat to appear on the packaging. CLAWGUARD designed the Cat Training Tape with two goals in the mind: First, the company wanted to help cat owners protect and maintain the beauty of their homes. Second, it wanted to provide a viable alternative to the harmful procedure of declawing, which some cat owners turn to when looking for a solution to home damage.

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Enjoy A Stress-Free New Year’s Eve: Fireworks Dog Survival Tips

Robbi Hess
If you’re a pet parent who has a dog or cat who gets anxious because of loud noises and because of fireworks, you’re not alone. Resorting to medications and crating is not an option for all pet parents, and in fact, crating an anxious dog who is not accustomed to being in a crate can lead to higher anxiety and no pet parent wants that! 

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How To Train A Cat

Robbi Hess

Have you ever wondered if it's possible to train a cat? You may not be able to train your cat to fetch your slippers, bring in the newspaper or fetch a stick, but cats can be trained to do tricks that are both fun and useful. December has been designated national cat month and because of that we want to share our favorite tricks that you can train the family cat to do. Training cats is fun. Training your cat is a great way to bond with him.

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How To Plan Your Holiday Travel With Your Pets

Robbi Hess
If you’re going “over the river and through the woods” for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year you may be wondering, “what will I do with my dog and cat when I travel?” If you’re like most pet parents, your “pet parent anxiety” will be on the rise. You don’t want to put your beloved fur babies in a kennel. Your favorite pet sitter is vacationing. You don’t want to leave your pets home alone with someone you don’t have a relationship with. What are your options?

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Cats Crave Human Companionship

Robbi Hess
It is “easier” to leave a cat home alone because many pet parents provide litter boxes for their cats and that means your cat won’t need to be walked to relieve herself during the day. But if your cat is the only cat in the house, she will get lonely and bored. In her boredom your couches, chairs, window sills and even door frames may pay the price. 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!

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Why Do Cats Scratch?

Beke Lubeach
Why do cats scratch? 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. Continue reading to learn more about why cats scratch.

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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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