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Natural scratch blog

Venus Up Ladder

Venus likes high places and immediately climbed the ladder once it wasn't occupied.  It was set up for repairs in our living room. Claws are out for security.

Hard Surface Rest

People often assume cats and kittens like soft things and they do, *but not exclusively*. Yesterday Sunflower (aka Pinky) was happy crashing on our coffee table. If you're curious, the wood is padauk; my buddy Jerry, an expert cabinetmaker-woodworker-engineer, built...

He knew fine art when he saw it.  "The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Gus And Sisters Sunflower And Venus

Together in the womb and out and emblematic of the tight relationships mammals often form.  Grandson Gus loves these guys of course; when he was over this morning, he built this temporary nest for them on my office futon.

Cool Pet Store Chain

My brother moved to Vancouver, Washington, and visited a pet store operated by a company with the improbable name Mud Bay.  It's a chain of pet stores on the west coast with an unusually animal-centered attitude. Have a look at https://mudbay.com.

Focused On Harmony

Cat claws are beautiful and necessary but also fun and rewarding to exercise and sharp.  Having been around cats my entire life I know they enjoy digging into things.  This can cause problems when the target is a nicely upholstered chair or a smooth wood door frame....

Training Often Necessary

For years I've told people that cat behavior fits under a classic Bell Curve when it comes to clawing Natural Scratch.  Some have told me their cats went for the post while it was being assembled; others have said their cats ignored the post and clawed a nearby couch....


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