Cats are born to scratch. Now veterinarians can offer a solution that lets cats scratch without destroying their owner’s furniture.
Since the day the first cat came to live inside the house, owners have been frustrated by the damage caused by their feline friends’ scratching.
Now veterinarians have a new solution to help cats scratch in places which won’t drive their owner crazy–preventing the request for declaw procedures, improving feline welfare and cutting down on cat relinquishments.
The new, one-of-a-kind product, FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY™, is clinically proven to stop and prevent both vertical and horizontal destructive scratching in the home. It does this by redirecting the cat to scratch his or her scratching post—not the couches and curtains.
“Veterinarians now have a way to stop destructive scratching in the home without declawing procedures or ineffective alternatives,” said Dr. Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, Dipl. ACVB, Veterinary Services Specialist at Ceva Animal Health, the company behind the innovative product. “FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY™ will compel cats to scratch where the product is applied instead of their favorite place to scratch which often happens to be their owner’s favorite chair or couch.”
In clinical studies, FELISCRATCH® attracted more than 80 percent of cats to use their scratching posts within the first week of use. More than 90 percent of cats never started destructive scratching when adopted into a new home using FELISCRATCH®.
Cat scratching is a natural behavior which fulfills both physical and emotional needs. Cats scratch to stretch their bodies, to maintain their hunting and climbing skills, to groom their claws and to mark their territory, showing they’re in a safe space.
Because few effective alternatives were available, veterinarians and pet owners have long believed declawing is the only quick fix for unwanted scratching, but the procedure is rarely medically necessary and can be associated with serious, painful complications1. Declawing is now illegal in several U.S. cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.
“Pet owners don’t understand that declawing is like cutting off each of their own fingers at the last knuckle,” Dr. Tynes said. “If they did, I don’t believe they would be asking for it without trying appropriate alternatives first. FELISCRATCH® is so effective many cats will not need to undergo the procedure to prevent this unwanted behavior. Decreasing the need for surgical declawing can result in improvement of feline welfare and is an issue all veterinarians should be eager to support.”
Several veterinary organizations agree—The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is the latest group to take a stand, joining the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in strongly opposing declawing as an elective procedure.
“Scratching is a normal feline behavior. It is veterinarian’s obligation to provide cat caregivers with education on normal scratching behaviors and options for cats to exhibit appropriate scratching behavior in the home,” states Heather O’Steen, AAFP’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Declawing is an extreme measure to address normal behavior in cats,” Dr. Tynes said. “FELISCRATCH® is a naturally derived, drug free and lasting solution which I believe will revolutionize feline veterinary care and could one day make declawing a procedure of the past.”
FELISCRATCH® is produced by the makers of FELIWAY®, the number one behavior brand used and recommended by veterinarians. Each package comes with nine individual applications of the pheromone which are used as directed over the course of a month. With most cats, only one month of treatment is needed to transfer scratching from the area where damage is occurring onto a more appropriate spot.
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1 Nicole K Martell-Moran, Mauricio Solano, and Hugh GG Townsend. Pain and adverse behavior in declawed cats Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Accepted: 23 March, 2017