Emery Cat Scratching Board

  1. Ivan Seeking

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qap9KdhWNWE
    https://www.emerycat.com/flare/next

    We're giving these a try.

    The second scratching board is "free", except the shipping and handling, which is $16.
     
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  3. mgb_phys

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    Would a belt sander be quicker and cheaper ?
     
  4. Ivan Seeking

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    i think that would scare the crap out of the cat
     
  6. Moonbear

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    I just saw those advertised on TV today. Let me know if they work. Though, even if they don't really file the nails down as promised, for two relatively nice looking scratchers, the price isn't bad just to be a scratcher as long as it lasts a decent amount of time and doesn't leave grit everywhere.
     
  7. mgb_phys

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    Entertaining though :wink:
     
  8. sas3

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    “Emery Cats” who would want to pet them?
     
  9. Ivan Seeking

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  10. I don't know about the emery board part, but what I do know is that cats scratch stuff to mark territory. They like tall things they can stretch up as far as possible leave a mark in -- like the side of your couch and tall scratching posts -- so they can let everyone who approaches or comes into the territory know that a big, tall, strong kitty lives there. They'll also tend to do a quick claw of a small area of carpet to mark territory from scent glands in their paws.

    So, it strikes me that, unless the cat perceives the horizontal thing on the floor as an area to mark, they wouldn't take an interest in it. Or, they may take an interest once, but not repeatedly. If the surface of the thing actually dulls claws, that would be cool (although cutting Bean's claws is no big deal for either of us) but to encourage the cat to want to return to the thing again and again, I would think it would have to be a part of a tall post. At least, that's what I know of cat behaviour and trying to get cats to claw horizontal things and teaching cats what stuff in the house they can claw to be all territorial with and what not.

    I'd be interested to hear if anyone got one of these things and their cat is interested in it regularly.
     
  11. Evo

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    Don't cats scratch to sharpen their claws? It seems to me that the cat would have to scratch for a very long time to dull their nails, but it would be an excellent claw sharpener. :biggrin:
     
  12. Ivan Seeking

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    It's not the sharpness so much as the length. We would still need to trim the cats claws, but maybe it will help to reduce the maintenance needs with some light filing each day.

    We finally got the boards and opened them yesterday. So far we have seen a little legitmate use and a lot of face rubbing for the catnip rush. Isaac is the only cat that immediately went for it as advertised, but it definitely got everyone's interest. I thought the emery board was going to be a coated plastic, but it is made of a coated cardboard pile. We recently bought a scratching post thingy that uses the same stuff, but without the emery coating, and the cats love it. Hopefully this will work. Don't know how long it will last if they make use of it. I can easily see them ripping this to pieces pretty quickly [same for the new scratching post which is looking tattered already].

    The other thing that I noticed is that the abrasive is on the top surface as well as down in the ridges. I'm not sure this will fly as it must be rough on their pads.

    So far, not impressed.
     
  13. I bought a floor situated toy-scratcher-mabob for Bean. She picked all of the catnip out of the crevices and hasn't gone near the thing again.

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    I saw the "emery board" scratchers in the pet store. I think their orientation is wrong for a lot of cats' purposes.
     
  14. Ivan Seeking

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    Our one cat, Isaac, is really getting with the program. We saw him hit it several times last night over a period of about two hours. Little Tyke just sits on it and tries to eat the catnip. Jack has not yet shown an interest, but he likes to rip things up, so I haven't given up on him. Unfortunately, we are most interested in Little Tyke as she has the greatest need for maintenance.
     
  15. Evo

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    I usually let Dr Foofer (RIP) shred cardboard boxes in the spare bathroom. He'd use it as a hideout first, then slowly shred it. It meant doing a sweep once a day, but it kept him away from his favorite chair, and it was free. Cats love shredding cardboard, I think it's that gratuitous ripping feel under their claws that they like.
     
  16. When Mister adopted me, he was already de-clawed. Yet, he still maintains the urge to sharpen his claws. I figure while he is alive, I cannot get another cat with claws, because they would follow his lead and use the sofa or side of the bed.
     
  17. I just watched that commercial again and I'm not sure I can count the number of things that bug me about it. One thing "special arch design". What exactly does that mean and why should I care? The "playful toy attachment". Really? The toy is playful, is it? And it's no wonder the woman can't trim her cat's claws. You don't hold them upright to your body to try and do it. A quick bit of reading would cure that pound of stupidity.

    But it's like all of the other lunkhead infomercials for goofy products. The Snuggie! For people who can't seem to manage a blanket without twisting themselves up in knots. Chip bag slicers for people who can't open a cellophane package without exploding the contents of the bag out onto their head. The exaggerations are endless and annoying as all get out. Why must the commercials operate on the premise that we're all inept and stupid?

    Ivan, just out of curiosity, is it possible to lean that thing up against a wall without it tipping over? I'd be interested to know whether that peaks Little Tyke's or Jack's interest. You'll notice that even in the lunkhead infomercial they show that cats claw the side of a tree and the side of a sofa. It's all vertical stuff. Just curious.
     
  18. Ivan Seeking

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    Yes, it probably could be leaned against a wall or attached to something. The emery board just sits in the tray, so you don't even need the tray. Also, you could just buy the replacement units and attach them to something. I was considering attaching it to the scratching post, which suddenly seems to interest no one.

    Some commercials really do stretch the idea of stupidity to the point of absurdity. But, then again, how many people can identify China on a map?

    There was woman who joined the family in Portland for Christmas dinner. She had fallen for a good number of products mentioned in this forum. She has magnets in her shoes...
     
  19. Evo

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    My cat didn't care if the object to scratch was lying on the floor. People think cats prefer something upright because, let's face it, most of the objects they can scratch are upright.
     

  20. I don't think that "people think" that cats prefer something upright. It's my understanding that cats do prefer something upright, although they will scratch flat surfaces too. They have their own cat reasons for doing what they do. This isn't a peer reviewed journal but, it's certainly not the first I've read about cat behaviour from PH.Ds and other cat specialists.

    Daniel Q. Estep, Ph.D. & Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists, Animal Behavior Associates, Inc. 4994 S. Independence Way, Littleton, CO 80123

    Our neighbor has a female cat named Peaches who frequently scratches the bark on a cherry tree in their front yard. In fact, the tree has been scratched so much that there are noticeable gouges in it and small pieces of bark have accumulated on the ground underneath. Why does Peaches scratch this tree so much?

    It has long been assumed that when cats scratch objects with their front paws that they are sharpening their claws. It turns out that this is only a secondary reason. Research on cat behavior suggests that the major reason for this behavior is communication. By roughing up the bark of a tree (or the leg of your favorite chair) the cat is letting other cats or people know where she is and what she is up to.

    Cats tend to pick a small number of conspicuous objects in their environments to scratch such as trees, fence posts, the corner of the couch, etc., and return to them repeatedly. This is why the tree next door looks so scratched up and why your cat may find it difficult to leave your couch alone. The scratched surface leaves a highly visible mark that can be easily seen by other cats. In addition, cats have scent glands in their paws so that when they make scratching movements they leave odor cues that the cats can smell. The fact that cats leave scent marks by making scratching movements may be the reason that cats will continue to try to scratch objects even after they have been declawed. Declawed cats may still be leaving scent marks on objects they scratch.

    We don’t know exactly what cats are communicating with their scratching. Both males and females do it, it is done inside and outside the home and even by cats living with no other cats around. It could be a territorial warning or just a marker that announces "Peaches lives here and is alive and well!


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    That's why I was curious if Ivan could experiment a bit and see if the thing curried more favour being upright.

    And yes, Ivan, given the proliferation of absurd commercials, one can only extrapolate out from that and assume that the commercials are convincing someone and making someone else money. Unfortunately, or fortunately as far as I'm concerned, I know where to find China on a map. :smile:
     
  21. Ivan Seeking

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    I'll try leaning one against the wall down here in my office and see if I can coax Little Tyke into using it. I almost forgot that we have two of them.

    Isaac seems to use it many times a day. I'll give it a few weeks but we should be able to tell if the thing does any good.
     
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