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We has kitty. Her name is Lady Avalon of Scrambles, AKA "Avvie."

She has tried sharpening her claws on the walls twice already. This is not good. Anyone with tips on how to redirect her to the fifty different scratch-friendly thingies around the house, I would appreciate it. (I have a water bottle and I'm not afraid to use it.) She's also Very Keen on the comings and goings of us, and hunkers down by the door. Sigh. (I knew this wouldn't be easy. I did.)

I wish I could be more enthused about the whole exercise, but I'm completely exhausted, and there's still FOOD to make. Long day. Long, long day.

*ded*



oh god help. crying to go outside, and has been doing so pretty solidly for the last hour.

oh god, help.

Date: 2010-08-31 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merith.livejournal.com
Entice her away from the wall with catnip on scratching items. If it's one area she's attacking, cover it, at least temporarily.

Our big boy was a big bad boy, and scratched a large hole in the wall... redirection didn't work. We had to resort to declawing. :(

But my Hope kitty plays well with things and doesn't scratch up the furniture (or walls).

Date: 2010-09-01 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w0rdinista.livejournal.com
We're thinking she's pretty solidly an Outdoor Cat. Augh.

Date: 2010-09-01 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merith.livejournal.com
Is there a room you can segregate her into? integrate her into the household slowly?

Date: 2010-09-01 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w0rdinista.livejournal.com
She's really not being a problem. Seems to be integrating fairly well, aside from the yowling to be let outside.

Date: 2010-09-01 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatertott.livejournal.com
SOFT PAWS. Seriously. It's a bitch to get them on, but they'll stay on for a good 2 weeks to a month and she can "scratch" as much as she pleases. After they start to come off, you really only have to replace them as they fall off - or you can let them go entirely and have a monthly session of "torturing" the cat to get them back on (it's what I do cuz I'm lazy).

Anyways - Kiko and Omen are fine with the soft paws because I've had them since babies and they're used to me holding their paws. Cleo - not so much. She HOWLED and it ended up being Chris scruffing her and securing her while I did the dirty work as quickly as possible. But all that aside, I can't say enough good things about them.

If that doesn't work, or you don't think they're a good option, I've heard aluminum foil or double-sided tape work wonders at repelling (apparently there is some brand specifically for repelling kitties, but I have yet to come across it).

The howling will stop... eventually. It's just a pain to go through in the beginning :/

Date: 2010-09-01 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatertott.livejournal.com
Also, there are more than likely Soft Paws stocked at your local PetCo (at least in PA, there are), but here's the site: http://www.softpaws.com/

Date: 2010-09-01 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w0rdinista.livejournal.com
Soft Paws. Check. :)

How long did it take to get the night-yowls to stop? Because, oh god, I am not looking forward to trying to get any sleep tonight. EARBUDS FTW.

Date: 2010-09-01 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatertott.livejournal.com
With Cleo, it was about a week... but we had also had her in the basement for about three days until we got the results back from the vet as to her health. When she got out of the basement it had turned from yowls of "let me out" to yowls of "OMG, who the F are YOU?! And why are you in MY house?!" at the other cats.
Cleo was funny, though, because she definitely an outdoor cat when she was owned by the craptacular neighbors, but we got her, chipped her, and never let her out. The few times she did escape, she got onto the porch and just stood there like "what do I do now?" and then mewed like she was confused. Once we got to the new house, though, she wanted nothing to do with the outdoors, even though we were letting the cats roam on the upstairs deck. I can only assume being pampered indoors and not having to fend off other feral cats quieted her.

Date: 2010-09-01 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elf-fu.livejournal.com
Quick squirt of a water bottle with a firm "Newp!"

Get some catnip and or try investing in cat nip spray and librally sprinkle down the scritchy toys. When she plays and scratches them? Praise her like craaaazywhoa.

She'll continue trying to sharpen her nails on the wall a bit until she realizes 1.) she keeps getting sprayed and that sucks plus no praise and 2.) Scritching proper things = much more attention paid.

It takes a while, be patient but it it'll work!

As for the door and the crying I don't know :( I've never had previously outdoor cats, now indoor.

Date: 2010-09-01 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evilpuppy.livejournal.com
Pet stores sell these double-sided sticky strips. Take that and put it in the places where she's most likely to stretch up and try her claws. Obviously they hate getting their paws on the stickies and they stop trying pretty quickly. It's a good added deterrent in addition to the things like praising and giving treats when she scratches the proper furniture.

Although, if she's anything like Knight Phuri... she'll figure it out fast and start pulling the trick of giving one half-assed scratch, then turning to stare at you expectantly for food. -___-;;;

Date: 2010-09-01 11:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emrlddragon.livejournal.com
Sort of like create training a dog all over again, ain't it. Have fun!

Date: 2010-09-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] perrito
There's catnip sprays and such that you can use on the spots she's allowed to scratch. My cat destroyed a rocking chair, but mostly because I let her. She doesn't touch any of the rest of the furniture in the house.

I am very strongly against de-clawing. So idk about that.

Date: 2010-09-03 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kipper-dee.livejournal.com
Everytime she claws, clap your hands and shoe her away. Make sure you scrub clean the area that she has clawed, otherwise she will return to that place to continue. If she claws again keep scrubbing the scent away. I know it's a pain but this is important to nip the habit in the bud before it really starts. Cats not only sharpen their claws when they claw, it is also territorial behaviour as they have scent glands in their paw pads.
Keep picking her up regularly,taking her to her scratching post and gently press her paws on the post so she is 'clawing' the post. The reason for this is she is 'scenting' the post through her pads,so she will eventually keep going back to the scratching post, hopefully :)
This worked with my cats.
Good luck :D

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