“Nothing Like a Good Scratch” Published in Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine
First, I’m pleased to share that I’ve been named the “Kitty Korner” editor in Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine. I’ve been compiling the “Cat Resource Guide” in every issue since 2013 and submitting an article as well as customer press releases since then, and I was the Managing Editor in 2013 and 2014. I’m delighted to work with this resource for animals and people in the Pittsburgh area.
Nothing Like A Good Scratch
“Scratching is high on the list of destructive activities that will get a cat tossed out of the house if she’s scratching the wrong things. But she thinks they are the right things, and she has her reasons. She stubbornly returns to the thing you don’t want her to scratch, and pays no attention to the nice scratcher you went out and got for her. Why?”
Well, because she’s supposed to, that’s why. And that’s not a smart cat remark, it’s absolutely true that cats follow their biological lead faithfully even though they are no longer living outdoors, fending for themselves as both predator and prey, regularly raising kittens, because they live inside our houses. In this article for Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine I explain and discuss the daily habits of cats led by their ancestral biology, how that helps you understand their need to scratch, how you can provide them materials that fit their needs and convince them to use those materials instead of your nice things.
Read the article in the Summer 2020 issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine, “Nothing Like A Good Scratch”, featuring Mimi scratching her favorite tree.
You can find it on page 18:
- on the PetConnections website home page (look for the icon for the Spring 2020 issue)
- in the online issue of the magazine on ISSUU (it’s easy to set up an account to view magazines on this site)
You can also find my updated Cat Resource Guide on page 21 listing low-cost spay/neuter, vaccine and care options in the Pittsburgh area and links to search other areas, and read other articles about pets and other topics focused on the human-animal bond.
Right now because of COVID-19 restrictions the print version of the magazine was not distributed after March 13, 2020, but you may still find a copy in the Pittsburgh area if one of these locations is considered an essential business, like the shelters and veterinarians.
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One thought on ““Nothing Like a Good Scratch” Published in Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine”
Folks need to understand why cats scratch, so they won’t declaw!