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Why do cats scratch the wallpaper?


1. Introduction: The mystery of scratching cats and wallpaper

Cats are fascinating creatures, with their graceful movements and keen instincts. One behavior that will surprise many cat owners is wallpaper scratching. Why do cats do this, and what can we do to control this behavior? In this blog article, we will discuss four important aspects of this topic: the reasons behind this behavior, tips to discourage scratching, alternatives to wallpaper and possible solutions to scratching problems.

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2. Why cats scratch wallpaper: Understanding the natural instincts

There are several reasons why cats scratch wallpaper. First of all, scratching is a natural behavior that cats exhibit to maintain and care for their claws. This helps them remove old nail covers and keep their claws sharp. In addition, scratching is a way for cats to mark their territory. Cats have scent glands in their paws, and by scratching they leave a scent that makes it clear that this is their territory.

Another reason why cats scratch wallpaper is to relieve stress. Scratching is a way for cats to release accumulated tension and stress. Finally, scratching can also be a form of play and entertainment for your cat, especially if it is a young or energetic cat. The texture of wallpaper can be very attractive for cats to scratch, making it a favorite target in the home.

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3. Tips to discourage wallpaper scratching: Creating a cat-friendly home

If you want to prevent your cat from scratching the wallpaper, there are several measures you can take. An effective method is to place scratching posts and scratching boards around the house. Giving your cat access to specific areas where they can scratch can help reduce unwanted scratching in other areas. Make sure you make the scratching post or scratching board attractive by sprinkling it with catnip or another scent that attracts your cat.

Another tip is to make the area around the wallpaper unattractive to your cat. This can be done by applying double sided tape or aluminum foil to the wallpaper. These materials are uncomfortable on the cat's paws, making them less likely to scratch the wallpaper. However, make sure you check the materials regularly to prevent damage to the wallpaper. Don't forget to positively reward your cat when she uses the scratching post or scratching board instead of the wallpaper.

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4. Alternatives and solutions: How to effectively tackle your cat's scratching

If scratching wallpaper remains a persistent problem, consider using alternative wall coverings, such as paint or special scratch-resistant materials. Some cat owners opt for a scratch-resistant wallpaper that is specially designed to be more resistant to scratches. This can help you to both extend the life of your wallpaper and reduce the frustration of damaged walls.

You may also consider providing your cat with toys and other forms of enrichment to divert their energy and attention from the wallpaper. Make sure your cat gets plenty of mental and physical stimulation through games, interactive toys, and other forms of entertainment. In some cases, it may be necessary to consult a veterinarian or cat behaviorist to identify the underlying problem of wallpaper scratching and provide an effective solution.

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To summarize, wallpaper scratching is a natural cat behavior that can have a variety of causes, such as territory marking, stress relief and claw care. Providing your cat with alternatives, such as scratching posts and scratching boards, and making the area around the wallpaper unappealing can help discourage wallpaper scratching. Consider alternative wall coverings and provide enough enrichment and stimulation to create a cat-friendly home. In some cases, professional help may be needed to deal with the problem effectively.

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