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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Wall scratching

Numly is an avid wall scratcher. We have multiple scratching posts. We have two standing posts (one is part of a tree), one that hangs from a door knob and two floor ones. She rarely uses those and always uses the wall.
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What kind of wall is that? Doesn't look like flat dry wall... Maybe try getting a board of whatever texture your wall is, spray it with cat nip and see if she goes for that, every time she goes for an area of the wall that isn't that divert her attention with a stern no, or loud clap. She might not enjoy the texture of her scratching posts, but you could always rub them down with cat nip as well to see if she likes them better.
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It's like a popcorn wall, it has a rough texture so I get that it can feel good. I cover her posts in catnip and she will use it for a few minutes and then go back to the wall. I'll just have to keep with the loud noises. I usually clap loudly and she stops.
Yesterday she got a claw
Stuck in a light switch and I had to pull her out. She was stuck pretty
Badly. I'm worried of something like that happening when no one is home.


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Do you give her attention when she scratches the wall? Even if just to stop her?

I'd say do the new kitten thing. Take her paws and scratch them on the scratching post, then give her a treat - if she's food driven. Ignore when she scratches the wall, if you can.
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Also, if there's a certain area she's scratching more, move the scratching post there.
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You could try spraying Feliway 2x/day on the spot/s she scratches on - this might reduce her need to scratch/mark in those spots.

If she is scratching in specific spots, sturdy wall mounted (they need to be immovable as she won't scratch on anything that shifts when she scratches) scratch pads installed in those spots may help too.
Maybe something like this?

Standard Wall-Mount Cat Scratcher-Cat Toys, Cat Supplies, Cat Products, Cat Furniture, Catnip, Cat Scratching Posts, Cat Beds, Cat Litter

You could also try covering the area she is scratching with aluminium foil or cardboard covered with Sticky Paws. This deters some cats, but not all.




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This is one of my solutions to kitties looking for a longer/taller scratch stretch!
Its anchored into the wall, and I'll spray it every now and then with Strong "Cat Nip"
tea!
They like the wrap around corner!
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I had a wall scratcher, but she came declawed. she still looked like she was trying to climb the wall, and loves to do the motion to mirrors and the bathtub. it looks hilarious like she's running and not getting anywhere.

the middle one only uses the scratching post and his turbo scratcher, but if I leave anything leather out, he will shred it.

the youngest one will randomly scratch weird things in addition to using the post and turbo--my bed (???? lol) stereo speakers, glossy magazine covers.

you might try a turbo scratcher. it's round and has a ball in a track that goes around the outside, and the center is corrugated cardboard. when they wear it out, you just get a refill. mine love to play with it and you can rub catnip in it.
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! The boards on the walls seem like a good idea, she loves
Corners.


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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! The boards on the walls seem like a good idea, she loves
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If you decide to do this, use a 'Soft' wood
like pine, fir, or ceder.
You can use a Steel Brush to 'Roughen' the wood, roughen in the direction the cat scratches, Downward!
To let kitty know its OK to scratch here, spray with Catnip!
I wanted cats to be able to enjoy a tall/long stretch, so my boards are 40 inches tall!

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