What other types of scratchy things can I give to my cat? How can I train her (an infrequent scratcher) to use it?
This is Oliver
, and this is Madeleine
. They both came home with us about a month or so. Oliver is around ten months old, and Maddy is around ten years. They are not friends, but relations are improving.
Oliver is mostly a vertical scratcher, and caught on to the cardboard scratching post we already had set up right away. We have to stop him from scratching something inappropriate every couple of days, but he's learning fast, and we're not worried.
Maddy, on the other hand, seems relatively uninterested in scratching. She turns a stretch into a scratch once a day or so. The problem is, she only scratches horizontally, and on different areas of our carpet every time. There is no consistent location, and no consistent time. We've sprayed Feliway everywhere, and it seems to have no effect on the scratching.
She has shown no interest in the cardboard scratchers, horizontally or vertically. Even when it's covered in catnip, she'll lay down next to it and chew it a little bit, but won't touch it with her claws.
We figured she liked the feel of carpet, so got them a half-sisal and half-carpet (with two textures of carpet) horizontal scratch structure, and, again, she won't touch it other than to lick the catnippy areas. Fortunately, Oliver likes to play on it.
The other issue is that Maddy does not like to be picked up. So, if we try to move her from where she's scratching to an appropriate place, she just freaks out. At this point, we are just reprimanding her for scratching the carpet, but I feel terrible that we haven't provided her with an appealing alternative.
What else can I try as a good scratching surface for Maddy? That hopefully won't break the bank if she ignores it? How can I train her to scratch appropriately when she does it so rarely?