Cats are not scratching merely to sharpen their claws, but to mark the territory and demonstrate their possession.

It’s important to realise that cat scratching is not a behavioural problem, but a natural behaviour of all cats, which makes them feel safe and in control – tigers have been observed to jump with all four feet on the trees to perform the marking behaviour.

Within cat’s paws there are special scent glands which felines use to mark objects and pass information on to other cats. Scratching is a fundamental part of marking behaviour in order to denote territorial possession.

Video: Neutered Cat spraying in House

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