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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-01-2009, 03:12 AM Thread Starter
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Can an old cat learn new tricks?

Sorry if this is answered somewhere else but I couldn't find an answer to my particular situation in any of the posts I looked up I just bought my Wezley a cat tree complete with long sisal posts for the legs. I got this particular model in the hopes that he would start using the sisal posts for scratching. He just turned four and has never, ever used a scratching post and me being the spoil him rotten mommy that I am never really disciplined him for finding alternative scratching places. I've tried all types of them; he just doesn't like them. He likes to scratch while he's doing his just-woke-up vertical stretches so nothing was tall enough for him. He's taken to scratching the corners of our walls and doors and I'm quite sure our landlord will not appreciate it lol. My question is- how can I go about coersing him to use the sisal posts? Every time he stretches and gets his claws out for the walls I pick him up and put his paws on the posts-I've even extended his claws and scratched the posts for him all to no avail. Any suggestions?

But on a bright side this is the first tree he's had and he absolutely loves every other aspect of it lol.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-01-2009, 09:17 AM
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Re: Can an old cat learn new tricks?

have you tried putting cat nip on the sissal to encourage him to use it? Put double sided tape where he likes to go scratch so he cant use that anymore. I use a high pitched eeek sound when they try to scratch where I dont want. Works sometimes others not.
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