Understanding scratching behavior in cats

Scratching behavior is considered part of the cat’s normal repertoire of behavior patterns. While scratching allows for the removal of the claw sheaths, it is also an important means for visual and chemical communication. Scratching may be a means of territorial marking, a social messaging system for cats. In behavior consultations, owners often describe scratching as an additional issue to the original problem for which they were seeking care.
Mengoli M, Mariti C, Cozzi A, et al. Scratching behaviour and its features: a questionnaire-based study in an Italian sample of domestic cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 2013;15:886-892.

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