Cat Tree - the real version - looking for input
Cats scratch, there is just no way around it (De-clawing is out of the question for me.)
However, that said, my couches are looking pretty rough, lol. One has already been reupholstered once. I'll keep doing it if I have to, but I am looking to give them alternative targets they might appreciate and actually use.
I am actually thinking about securely bolting some real tree/log sections into the floors/walls in my house for the cats. Something sturdy they can climb and scratch on. My biggest question is whether they will actually use it, or if I will do all the work, and it will just get ignored.
At first I was thinking about just purchasing a cat tower/tree of the upholstered variety, but the husband raised a point I have not thought about before.
We want to discourage upholstery scratching/clawing. By providing an upholstered surface as an acceptable target, we may be sending mixed messages. My thoughts are that providing a real tree trunk as a natural 'target' will hopefully give them something they can use to scratch on, and maybe not have to replace/reupholster couches as often.
As some food for thought, many zoos that house felines are REQUIRED by regulations to provide such things for ALL their felines. Most zoos use logs or tree trunks. (something to look for next time you visit!)
Has anyone done this with real logs before?
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