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Cat Scratching Behaviour

In the cat kingdom, scratching is a big part of their behaviour. Cat’s paws are designed for catching, warning, scratching and marking around their territory. These well-designed cat paws can extend or retract their claws as needed.

In the past, we allowed owners to declaw their cats to suit their own needs. This debilitating surgery is no longer acceptable, so now our cats are welcome into our homes just as they are.

So, what can we do to stop any bad or destructive behaviour?

When we talk about bad or destructive behaviour, there are only two types. The first is scratching family members during play or out of aggression. Owners should never use their hands as a toy when playing with their cat. Always have toys for your cat, to direct its play aggression on to. Keep your cat’s nails trimmed, start right from an early age, so they will not make a big deal of the nail trim. The second is scratching furniture around the house in order to shed or sharpen their claws.

Suggestions for directing scratching behaviour:

  • Provide them with an item to scratch on. This will stop them from picking something of their own desire. Make sure you get a scratching post as soon as you bring home your cat or kitten.
  • Cats prefer certain textures to scratch. If you see that they like to scratch fabric, carpet or wood, give them a post covered in what they prefer.
  • If a piece of furniture has become a target of your cats, try covering the area with a different texture that the cat does not like. Double-sided carpet tape placed on the scratched surface can detour them from scratching.
  • I have also heard that, getting smaller cat posts and placing them in areas where your cat is damaging the furniture also helps.
  • If you have decided to get rid of the old couch that bears the scars of your cat’s claws, you may want to keep some of the fabric and cover a new scratch post with it. If it is an old chair, don’t throw it out. It is now, your “official” cat scratching post.
  • Cat scratchers do not have to be vertical. Many cats love to scratch horizontally, as well and may be better for our senior cats too.

Written by Jennifer Barr, Receptionist



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Cambrian Animal Hospital