Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of the places and things that their cats scratch. 50 people sent in almost 200 photos, so it’s taken me a little while to go through everything. Scratching is obviously a popular topic on this blog, since I’m always on the lookout for stylish and functional options for cat scratching products and DIY projects. Besides style, there are two much more serious reasons to give the topic so much attention. First, I’d like to strongly encourage all cat owners to provide appropriate scratching surfaces where cats can perform this natural behavior, instead of declawing. Declawing (primarily practiced in the US and actually illegal in many European countries) is inhumane and can lead to far worse behavior issues. Second, destructive scratching behavior can sometimes cause people to give up or abandon their cats, so anything that can be done to prevent this from happening is worth discussing.
My guess is that the majority of Moderncat readers would never dream of declawing or abandoning their cats, but there are lots of others out there who may need some more information to help them manage scratching behavior and live happily with their feline companions. Over the coming weeks, I have several new scratching products to share with you. Since all cats have different preferences when it comes to scratching, I’ve found products with different configurations and materials, sure to please every moderncat out there, so stay tuned! Also, I’ll be choosing a winner from everyone who sent in photos for a special new scratching product giveaway.
For today, I’d like to share with you some of the photos that were submitted by readers who obviously all love their cats very much!
Wood (walls, doors & furniture)
Sisal Wrapped Scratching Posts
Other (rattan, banana leaf, leather shoes)