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How do I get my cat to stop scratching my legs?

How do I get My Cat to Stop Scratching My Legs?

Cats can be amazingly affectionate. Unfortunately, they can also use their claws and scratching to show it. If your cat is getting overzealous on your legs, you may be scratching your head on how to get them to stop. Here are a few things to try:

1. Provide Alternatives for Scratching Behavior

Cats, like people, have a way of channeling their energy. Try to provide a scratching alternative that could draw their attention away from your legs. You can set up a scratching post or purchase a cardboard scratcher from your local pet store. Either way, be sure to reward your cat with positive verbal praise or treats when they use their alternative option.

2. Keep Your Cat’s Nails Trimmed

If your cat’s nails are too long or sharp, it can make it easier for them to dig their claws into your skin. Ask your veterinarian to trim your pet’s nails when they come in for their routine checkup. You can also trim them yourself with a proper cat nail clipper.

3. Give Your Cat Attention

We all need a little attention now and then. It could be that your cat is asking for attention by scratching your legs and this is their way of showing affection. Make sure you give your cat plenty of love and they may forget all about their scratching behavior.

4. Invest in a Deterrent

If all else fails, investing in a deterrent product like a bad-tasting spray, citrus scented lotion or even a pet repellent mat may get your cat’s attention that your legs are not the appropriate scratching surface.

Following these tips may help get your cat to stop scratching your legs. The most important tip is to ensure your cat has a healthy outlet for the majority of their energy and to provide them with plenty of love and attention.

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