Cats scratch for a variety of reasons. They have scent glands in their paws and when they scratch they leave pheromones on different objects, which is why you may find that your cat likes to scratch your furniture. “Marking” their territory helps reassure them that the area is safe! To help alleviate scratching where they shouldn’t, a good scratching post can come in handy!
Scratching is a great form of exercise. They bend and stretch their arms, legs, and body which can be a good workout. Some cats like to scratch carpet and some like cardboard! You can try a variety of materials to see what your cat likes best.
It’s also a stress reducer. Doing fun things like scratching is enjoyable for cats! It also helps fi le the outer layer of the nails which might be dead or damaged. Scratching is a surefire way to keep your cat’s nails healthy.