An itch that must be scratched
Cats love to scratch. It keeps their claws in tip-top condition and helps mark their territory. Learn more about your cat's need to scratch and how you can encourage them to scratch a post rather than your treasured possessions.
Scratching - an introduction
Cats scratch for two reasons:
1. to keep their claws in great condition
2. to communicate with other cats and leave a reminder for themselves Scent glands between the paw pads produce a unique smell which is left on surfaces when cats scratch. This scent, combined with the scratch marks and discarded claw husks, leaves a sign for your cat and a message for other felines in the area.
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