How Cats Choose Which Door to Scratch

Owning a cat, or better yet, being owned by a cat, is a wonderful experience of cohabitation and companionship. Unlike dogs, cats are not domesticated in the same sense. They have maintained a lot of their natural characteristics, making them more of their own creatures and willful than dogs. One of people’s biggest problems with cats is scratching. This leads many to choose declawing, which is horrible traumatizing on the cat. They do not simply remove their claws, rather, imagine having your fingers cut down to your knuckles. This denies the cat their natural ability to communicate and to do things that are in the very nature of a cat.


Many want to have a cat that has their claws, but worry about scratching. Why do they decide to scratch on this surface and not that? Why this door and not that one?
Cats need to scratch. It is a means of communicating with other cats, and by scratching, they actually remove dead claw sheaths and keep their claws healthy. Wood, like a door, is a popular surface as it is a prime material for the cat to keep their claws sharp and healthy. Oftentimes, a cat will choose a particular door and do the most damage to that. The main reason is, once they choose a door, they have marked that door by sight and scent as being theirs. They will return over and over as this is their “territory.”
Most often, cats stick to just one door or surface, but this can be highly frustrating for the human in the equation. What one has to do is provide alternative means for the cat to scratch. They want to scratch, they NEED to scratch and if they do not have any approved surfaces of their own, they will find one of yours. For cats that like to scratch, vertical scratching posts placed near the door will provide an attractive alternative. The cat is still able to have their scratching zone in a familiar area, but they have something of their own that is okay to scratch.


If one has a cat with claws, getting them to stop scratching is impossible. What one can do is provide alternative, approved scratching surfaces near the door in question. For many, this is an easy solution that allows the cat to continue their natural scratching while saving your doors. They tend to choose just one surface as they have marked it with their claws and their scent. By providing them with their own personal scratching surface is the best way to keep them from scratching things you’d rather them leave alone.

Peter Wendt is a freelance article writer from Austin, Texas.  He loves cats and is constantly having to find new doors because his cats keep scratching his home doors up.  While researching around, he recommends taking a look at these beautiful wood doors.

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