Yet ANOTHER kitty with clawing problems...
Hi. You guys get asked about this issue all the time. It's all over the forums, but I haven't seen a situation quite like my Toby's. He had been stray for a year when I took him in last summer. He was about 15 months old, and 8 of his claws had been torn out at the bloody stumps. All his claws grew back, but he won't use scratching trees. He won't scratch sisal or carpet. What does he scratch? My upholstered furniture, mattresses, and luggage.
I've tried attracting him to the sisal scratch trees I bought. Nothing's worked. Catnip doesn't affect him. Dangling a string or feather in front of the cat tree makes him just watch til he gets bored. Same thing if I scratch on the tree to show him how. What can I do?!? I've been living for a year now with my furniture covered with trash bags, duct tape and double-sided sticky tape and I am sick to death of living like Crazy Cat Lady!!!
Toby would have been long-gone if he were not an angel in grey fur. He's the most loving cat I've known, but something has got to give. I'm at the end of my rope, here.
(Maybe I should upholster my sofa and recliners in sisal rope...*snicker*)
Thanks so much for letting me rant a bit.
We really need help with this.