Several members of Spokane Cat club have asked why cats claw furniture, carpeting and even the walls. The cat’s unique claws were further discussed as the night wore on at Spokane Cat Club’s last meeting.
It’s in their nature to use their claws which are very important. One of the first things kittens learn is climbing. They utilize those retractable claws to keep their hold on perches and to help gain traction while climbing up a sundry of surfaces, which includes trees, furniture and yes, the legs of their humans. A cat is a cat and doesn’t realize the value of the expensive furniture around them. Furniture is not much different to them than a big tree. Cats retract their when they are not in use like when they are walking across surfaces as they silently travel from place to place.
Remember, cats once had to hunt for their food. To this day, retractable claws give feral cats a convenient weapon to use when catching the birds and mice that they need to eat in order to stay alive. Cats can use their mighty claws to get a hold of their prey.
On their own, cats are predators but they may also fall victim to larger and more dangerous animals. Cats may have to defend themselves against dogs, birds of prey, raccoons, and one another and those forceful claws give them with a priceless weapon to take advantage of. A cat can seriously scratch the face of an opponent with his/her claws, injuring the opponent’s eyes and thus permitting him/her a chance to escape or force the opponent to retreat. A bit of the wild is still in the feline.
Claws can be a true annoyance for the owners of an indoor-only cat, in particular. Cat claws that are not clipped by their owners will get caught in carpeting, walls, furniture and may cause your cat to scratch these objects to wear those claws down. Scratching posts, cat trees and emery cats do help. Guide your cat to them when he/she starts to scratch on undesired objects immediately. Soon your kitty will automatically go straight to these objects.