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Undesirable Scratching

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Kieran.Bond, Nov 8, 2018.


  1. Kieran.Bond

    Kieran.Bond PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, this is my first post here. Just over a month ago me and the missus went to a rescue centre and re homed two kittens about 6 months old.
    They can use the litter tray fine, but they had a few bad habits when they arrived such as climbing on the kitchen sides when preparing food. They don't do any of that now.
    However one of them has started scratching the carpet at the bathroom door, but only when someone goes in there. He won't go to it any other time and even if someone is downstairs playing with him and someone else uses the bathroom he will be straight up there scratching, he doesn't do this in front of any other room either.
    They both have toys to play with, two scratching posts, a massive cat tower and we playing with them once a day hunting the laser pen.
    They both love playing with toys on an elastic chord, however, one of them will catch it and bite the elastic off and walk away, ruining it for the other cat.
    Both are chipped, vaccined and done.
    Any help would be appreciated here, thanks.
     
  2. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Cats love following us into the bathroom, no one knows why : ). I would just let him in to prevent the scratching at the door. You can put a bit of sisal down to protect the area if you want, instead, but leaving the door cracked seems the easier option. You can also put a scratcher there.

    Kittens need more than a once a day game with a laser. They need you to play interactive Games with them with other toys several times a day. Wand type toys, crumpled paper ball toys that get thrown and chased, paper bag (cut handles) and box forts, all can be used to increase interest.

    I would get rid of any elastic string toys since one of the kittens chews them. Elastic string is dangerous around kittens and cats and should never be left when unsupervised (always put such toys away), but if you've got one who chews them, it's just safer to eliminate them all together.
     
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  3. Kieran.Bond

    Kieran.Bond PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply.
    We have gotten rid of the elastic toys, the first post was meant to say at least once a day. We have lots of puzzle toys with treats in as well as balls that rattle for example.
    It is just strange as if we go into another room upstairs he will follow and just sit outside the door till we come out, no scratching just sitting or laying down.
    The bathroom protector seems to be the best bet, at least worth a go.
    Once again, thank you.
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Well there's no understanding certain things about cats. They do what they do for their own mysterious reasons. : )
     
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