Question by Jane: How can I get my kittens to use their scratching posts?
I have two kittens that are 10 weeks old. They have two scratching posts that they play on loads but never actually scratch! They use the sofa or our dining chairs instead – how can I encourage them to scratch where they are supposed to? Apart from that they are really really good and the sweetest kittens in the world.
Answer by cs
If you find them scratching something they are not supposed to scratch, sweetly move them to the scratching post (be very nice, gentle about it.) You may even want to put their paws on the post — but be cautious, make it a good experience for them. Consider giving them treats if they actually do scratch. Or, get the “feather” toy out and play with them a little after they are done.
Another trick is to sprinkle the post with catnip or put toys on it.
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