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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Scratch Greetings?

We've heard of stretch greetings, but do you also get scratch greetings? Every time my husband or I get home, Murphy greets us and immediately finds something to scratch -- a leg of the couch, the wall, or most often, the tops of our shoes. Is there something about scratching that says, "I'm glad you're home"? Or maybe it's an anxiety type reaction, like "Uh-oh, incoming. Better scratch something to prove this place is mine."


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 09:41 AM
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My cats do this frequently too. Harli greets me at the door and then runs to her scratching post. Lily uaually runs to the carpeted stairs and starts scratching. I think it means they are excited and happy.


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I agree with Nan. Sometimes when we're petting Io she gets really excited, wiggles and rolls on the floor, and then has to run over to her cardboard scratcher and have a go.

We call it her "hugbox" because it's under the table and she seems to go there when she gets overstimulated from affection.
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Right, it's like the scratching is saying, "Nah nah, I didn't really get so emotional knowing you were home."


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Tuffy does that too - must be a cat thing!
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Yes, mine announce their presence in a room by scratching on the post. Especially first thing in the morning when they come into our room.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 01:24 PM
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It's a marking response, especially on your shoes...he's saying "you smell like a bunch of other stuff that I don't like...c'mere I need to make you mine again"


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It's a marking response, especially on your shoes...he's saying "you smell like a bunch of other stuff that I don't like...c'mere I need to make you mine again"
I think there's more to it than this. I've just been down to feed Guy, the outside abandoned cat. If he's really hungry he'll scratch at the screen on the screen door (as he did this morning), or on the posts around the sundeck. However, he doesn't scratch if he's not hungry.

At two o'clock this morning Missy knew I was awake and she scratched at the carpet. "Hey! I'm hungry." She rarely scratches when I've been out and get home. She will sometimes scratch when she wants my attention. "Where's the laser?"

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Do you think scratching serves as an attention-getting thing along with marking their territory? It's almost like they're trying to show off. But when Murphy goes for our shoes, which he does every single night, that does sound like marking.


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My girls hit the scratching posts when I get up and when I get home. It's their Happy Feet.

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