Having a Good Scratch

black cat scratching on deck rail
Mimi having a good scratch!

I’m not getting in Mimi’s way, that’s for sure, ears pinned back and all of her claws bared, all 6.5 lbs. of her ready for action! She’s been ripping into the deck railings from the first time I took her outside; I think they missed a kitty messing with them.

My cats have always preferred different materials for scratching, and even years ago before we had fancy things like scratching posts (or I could afford one in college), my cats scratched on one of the bracing slats on my first wooden drafting table, just a narrow 1″ x 3″ but they really went to town on it. I still have it in the basement and that slat is nearly worn through—they didn’t stop once they got other things to scratch.

I also have a section of a tree trunk that Mimi has always liked, even now that she has worn most of the bark from it, but she still likes just the bare wood of the tree that was under the bark even though it’s smooth. Now outside she works her way around the railings and down the steps, even testing a few of the deck boards. This should keep her busy for quite some time.

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2 thoughts on “Having a Good Scratch

  • February 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm
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    I had to put tape over the bathroom door facing to stop the kitties from using it as a scratching post. Funny, that was the only door they used.

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    • February 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm
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      I have a wooden cabinet that’s pretty scratched down one corner and I think it must have something to do with the way scents collect right there, near a doorway to the rest of the house and near the front door. Who knows?

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