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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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I bought a scratching post

....now how do I get them to use it? Odd, I know, that I've had cats all my life and this is the first post I've bought. When Pookie was younger, we just gave her the whole couch and she eventually stopped scratching so much. In the last month though, the two together have made three holes in the carpet. Stress from the new dog maybe, I don't know. Anyway, I brought the post in last night and they sniffed it. Do I need to rub it in catnip or something? Because I'm a dork, I also scratched on it myself to show them what to do, but I got some blank stares.
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Because I'm a dork, I also scratched on it myself to show them what to do, but I got some blank stares.
LOL! I did the same thing with a toy I got Kringle the other day and then I got the "Get out of the way stupid, I know how to use it" look.

Sorry I'm no help though. I bought him one of those groomer things you stick on the wall, and it said to brush him with it before putting it on the wall so they know what it's for. Not sure how you could apply that though.
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catnip is usually a good idea. rub it together in your hands then rub your hands all over the post ....good luck.
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It has to be the right weight and height and material. The first one I bought Cinderella was just a cartpet-covered free-standing post about maybe 2 feet high. She never touched it. I tried everything. Petco took it back, thank goodness. Then I got the cat tree/condo and she went nuts on the sisal rope. Also, just the Alpine cat scratcher on an incline thing(?) - all my kitties use those.

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I'm lucky that Arianwen isn't fussy about wanting to scratch on furniture. I bought her some of those cheap ($1.79) cardboard scratching pads with catnip already in, and she loves them. They're great, you just tear the front panel off the box along its perforations and set it on the floor.

In s minute she's saying "Oooh Daddy, a new play place. And 'nip, too "

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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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The one I got has rope around it. I looked at the flat cardboard scratchers, but they were $9.99 where I was at. I may pick one of those up too if I see it cheaper, $1.79 sounds much more reasonable for cardboard.
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Because I'm a dork, I also scratched on it myself to show them what to do, but I got some blank stares.
Haha, I did the same thing with the cardboard flat scratching post I bought for the girls when we first got them. I tried everything: rubbing catnip on it - too bad, they don't care about catnip at all; scratching it with my nails to show them - got blank stares; tried rubbing their paws on it gently - got vehement dissaproval glares... they never, ever used it

Luckily they adore the sisal rope of their cat tree posts, and... our old crappy couch

Did anyone ever buy the posts you fix to the wall?
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I have one of those "iScratch" things with the interchangable cardboard, sisal, and carpet inserts attached to one wall. Misty and Stomy use it but seem to like the inclined cardboard pad better. I put a sisal insert in to replace the cardboard and they definitely don't use it as often anymore: apparently they're cardboard girls. I'll have to take the sisal back out one of these days.
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I just ordered a new cat tree with sisal rope (the old one is all carpet) and a new scratching post with sisal fabric. Anyone have any experience with this purported "perfect scratching post"? purrfect post

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Haha! That looks like the fabric my old couch was made of. They loved it....
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