Feliscratch Works: Seeing Is Believing
Roxy is our 15-year-old cat who, about 90 percent of the time, scratches on one of our four vertical posts and two horizontal posts, and has done so her entire life. So, we really don’t have a problem. But, I still wanted to test a new product with Roxy called Feliscratch.
Feliscratch is supposed to attract cats to a (vertical) scratching post.
I applied Feliscratch the first day, and Roxy instantly responded by facial rubbing, not scratching. Still, this is a very positive response.
The video associated with the post is from day two. I applied Feliscratch to the post as directed. The blue dye is to signal to the cat, “scratch here.” This is a visual cue. It’s what’s in the product that matters most, which includes a bit of catnip, but the real “secret sauce” is a copy of the pheromone cats deposit when they scratch, called feline interdigital semiochemical.
In order to apply the product, I turned the surprisingly heavy post on its side. The second I applied the Feliscratch, there was Roxy (I didn’t even know she was in the room). I didn’t have time to turn the post right side up, and instantly our 15-year-old cat was scratching. I barely had time to grab my phone to video. You can also hear a bit of purring going on.
There’s more you can do, aside from applying Feliscratch, to further reinforce your cat to scratch where you like.
Of course, our cat is just one cat. But, studies have demonstrated that Roxy isn’t alone: For 80 percent of cats (even those scratching in all the wrong places), Feliscratch works to attract to the post, and that percentage is even higher for newly adopted cats or kittens.
The makers of Feliscratch hope their product will help to decrease declaw surgeries. Declaw is a mutilation, an amputation, literally. It is the cutting off of the last portion of the digit. Bend your finger and that last portion is what is cut off in cats who are declawed. And, most cats are declawed because they’re scratching furniture. An elective amputation to save furniture?
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) doesn’t support this elective procedure. However, I love the idea of never having a reason to declaw, by attracting cats to where we do want them to scratch.