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Scratching Posts

Ah scratching... something my cats love. My furniture... not so much!
Let me preface this by saying please do not declaw your cat. It might sound like they're just removing the nail (which honestly sounds painful on its own) but what actually happens is they remove the entire last knuckle! This can cause personality changes in cats, pain, and issues later on in life.
Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about scratching posts!
My rule of thumb is: variety is the spice of life! Have lots of different scratching posts with many different shapes. Some might be low to the ground, others inclined, some straight up! Make sure you have lots around, at least 1-2 per room. This may help save your furniture as well as cats generally prefer scratching the surfaces of the posts rather than furniture.
If you're having trouble with getting your cat to use the posts, try sprinkling some catnip on the item to get your cat engaged!
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