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December 10, 2018

Cats Scratch Objects When Stressed

02.01.15 Cats will do a number of behaviors when they feel stressed or conflicted. In addition to self-soothing, many of these behaviors help change or eliminate the causes of the stress. Scratching objects is one of these. Cats scratch for a variety of reasons, including when they are anxious and conflicted. While helping them cope with their feelings, they are marking their territories when scratching.

Cats will scratch objects when they are stressed.

Cats will scratch objects when they are stressed. by Marilyn Krieger, CCBC.

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Communication Cat Byte: Signature Stamps

03.24.13 Cats have scent glands on their paws. Whenever they scratch an object they are marking their territory and broadcasting information about themselves.

Post Byte: Scratch & Play

04.15.12 A toy that cats love combines playing and scratching. The toy has a flat, circular cardboard scratcher in the center which is surrounded by a plastic channel, open from the top which contains a ping-pong ball.