Originally Posted by thekimballs
what about giving him a piece of similar wood? I think that cats get very attached to textures, and don't like switching from, say, your couch to sisal. But if you offered them some uphoulstery they'd probably be fine.
Now someone needs to tell me how to get Woody to stop scratching floorboards--that's the only thing he wants, specifically a piece of pine in a particular area between two rooms. Completely ignores all other surfaces, and only wants it in that room (where, unfortunately, it would be impractical to put a horizontal scratcher). He won't *touch* vertical poles or toys.
Have you tried one of those cheapie cardboard flat scratching boxes you can get someplace like walmart in the pet section or at a pet store. Basically, it is just glorified cardboard, but it lies flat. You then sprinkle/rub catnip on it. So far all of the cats we've had who do not scratch vertically seem to enjoy those. It's even better if you get the large one, the cat really needs to be able to climb on top of it. They run about $9-11 for the large ones.
Here's sort of what I'm talking about (but in small) at petsmarthttp://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754328
I think the big size at walmart cost only a couple of dollars more.
I also have a sisal scratching mat. Mine is custom made, and is very grippy so stays in place. But, I see they do sell something similar over here.http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2755451
Though I think they like the cardboard more, they seem to be able to dig in more with the claws.
To the OP:
As for scratching, they can really ONLY do damage if their claws are really sharp. You need to get the kitty accustomed to having their nails clipped, it's too late to start when she's young (if you do they will have no issues with it). Could you have DH do it? You do not want a kitty with razor sharp claws around, sure it will damage your furniture, but I'm thinking more about the future kiddos too. And, I know what it's like having cats that aren't thrilled with nail trimming. My two recent cats that I adopted are like that, I got them at 4 and 7 years old. I can only clip their nails well in the bath when they're sitting in the sink between shampoos, in particularly my boy Chance. They should have been clipped frequently as kittens and been used to it! Which, I didn't have them as kittens so I can't control that! But they DO get somewhat better with it the more times you do it gently and carefully.
One thing that actually freaked me out a little was when Chance came to be with us, his right front paw nails were clipped so low that she must have gone through the quick on ALL of the claws.
After seeing that it kind of made me wonder if that is why he hated it so much, because if she was clipping it so low purposefully that would really hurt.
Tips I've gotten from groomers who clip nails of cats who are not used to it...wrap the cat in a large towel, exposing just the one claw at a time to be clipped, and put a sock over their head (acts as a muzzle).
I've heard recently on infomercials they've been selling the "peticure" which is a filing system for pet nails. I'm wondering if that would be good to use for cats.