Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cat-scratching training

Training a cat to claw where you want her or him to and nowhere else is quite a satisfying accomplishment. With many cats, it happens very quickly because, for whatever reason, they are able to understand that Natural Scratch is just for them and is the one place they can scratch with abandon and with the hearty approval of their human companions.

I don't think coming to this realization is a matter of intelligence. Two of our three current cats--Twinkles and Gemini--were immediate Natural Scratch clawers and haven't scratched anything else in years. The third, Leo, is probably smarter than the other two but he was harder to train.

It wasn't because he didn't understand what Natural Scratch was for or that he didn't like clawing it. What bugged him was being restricted to just one approved target. Leo wanted to scratch anywhere, anytime. To him, Natural Scratch was fine but so was the corner of the futon.

Nevertheless, through a combination of rewards for clawing Natural Scratch and negative conditioning--cat jail--for targeting anything else, we were able to train his bad scratching habits out of him. If you have a cat like Leo, Natural Scratch and its easy-to-use training method is just what the doctor ordered.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A trip on the bus

I'm a suburbanite, and currently my household has two cars, both titled to my wife. I gave my car to our daughter.

Over the weekend, I bought a used car from a great young guy named Igor who is an immigrant from Serbia and a college student. He works at a large hotel in downtown Milwaukee, so he said I could pick up the car there on Monday.

Rather than ask anyone for a ride, I decided to take the bus. First, I needed to walk to the bus stop which is about 2.5 miles away. The bus came right on schedule and I rode it about ten miles to get in the vicinity of where I was going to meet Igor. When I got on and paid $2.25 there was only one other gentleman aboard but soon others joined us.

Many had passes and quite a few had cell phones. The latter often climbed the stairs into the bus jabbering away and didn't stop during their entire ride.

At two stops, the driver had to let down a special ramp that permitted individuals in wheelchairs to board. What a great feature for the handicapped. Special seats just behind the driver lifted out of the way; then he was able to put the wheelchairs near the windows and strap them down.

It was comfortable and interesting ride. In fact, I saw parts of Milwaukee I hadn't seen before. My fellow passengers seemed like a wonderful group of people. Its great that we have a service like this even if it needs to be subsidized by taxpayer dollars. It's very good to help those who have fewer things in life...very good, indeed.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NS Testimonials

I'm happy to report that testimonials to the effectiveness of Natural Scratch, its interactive features, and the training booklet it comes with continue to arrive. Great.

This means a cat--or maybe several--still has its claws. That's gratifying. My family has had cats since I was a small child and they are excellent companions.

Never had to declaw one in lo these many years and don't think I ever could.

If you're having a problem with a cat scratching where it shouldn't, I hope you'll give Natural Scratch a try. It's guaranteed.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A good post and training solve clawing problems

Like any companion, a cat may do things we don't like and that get on our nerves. Scratching something it shouldn't is a major irritation for just about everyone. Thing not to do is get angry--this won't help. Instead, you should immediately understand that the cat is scratching something it shouldn't for one of two reasons or combination of the two: 1. The absence of an approved scratching target in its environment; and 2. It hasn't been trained properly.

The solution is to purchase or build a good scratching post and then train your cat or cats to use it. The first part of this is pretty easy and naturally I highly recommend Natural Scratch. Part 2.--training--might seem a daunting challenge but truly isn't that hard if you have a sensible method and follow it.

Check out to learn more about the easy-to-use training guide that comes with Natural Scratch.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

People Are Way Smarter Than Cats

Cats are great, fun, and pretty darned smart. Over lo these many decades I've seen much evidence of this. From one I had in my youth named Buff who was adept at sticking his paw into a milk glass to get a drink to another named Ursa Major who would entertain us by leaping from a bench on a boathouse over water to a dock several feet away.

However, they are nowhere near as smart as a human of even average intelligence.

The reason I bring this up is to give hope to those whose cats are exhibiting behavior they don't like, mainly clawing things they shouldn't.

As a vastly more intelligent human, you should have no trouble training your cat to do what you want it to do. It's not hard at all. To help you along, Natural Scratch comes with an easy-to-read-and-use training manual. Have a look at

Monday, March 15, 2010

Scratching post testimonials

I always encourage people who are contemplating purchasing or have purchased a Natural Scratch scratching post or two to read the Testimonials page at

This helps them understand the range of reactions cats have to Natural Scratch. Some take to it immediately, others require considerable owner involvement and coaxing. All eventually come to realize that it is something in the home or apartment that they can lay their claws into, with full human approval, for all their scratching needs

Never but never do I sell or promote Natural Scratch as a set-and-forget solution. It isn’t and there is no such thing as far as I know. BUT, it does work without exception if customers follow the method presented in the training guide, consistently and with love and patience.