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What causes your cat to scratch the floor?

Introduction: Understanding your cat’s scratching behavior

Cats are known for their love of scratching. Their claws are an essential part of their natural instinct, and they use them for various reasons. Scratching is a vital part of their behavior, and it serves various purposes, including marking territory, stretching, and exercising. Understanding the reasons behind your cat’s scratching behavior can help you promote healthy and appropriate scratching habits.

Instinctual reasons for scratching

Scratching is an instinctual behavior that cats inherited from their wild ancestors. In the wild, cats scratch to sharpen their claws, remove the outer layer of their nails, and mark their territory. Scratching also allows cats to stretch their muscles and flex their paws. They use their claws to grasp onto surfaces and pull, which provides them with a good upper body workout. Additionally, scratching releases pent-up energy and stress, which helps promote relaxation and calmness. Therefore, scratching is an essential part of a cat’s instinctual behavior that serves both physical and emotional needs.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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