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How can an accidental cat scratch break skin but not damage clothes?

I'm guessing the pants are made of a woven fabric. Sharp pointy things like claws can get in between the woven threads and go straight through, and no damage is done to the fabric. It's why when you ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

You're going in the right direction, with your efforts to make the couch unappealing, and provide scratchers as alternatives. You just need to experiment a bit more to discover the right combination ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

I totally understand your frustration. Cats are very independent, complex creatures. I imagine your cat is very happy, you’re providing it everything I would suggest and then some. Seriously, give ...
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My cat is biting and scratching me and diving at me with claws out

1. Kittens are generally playful We recently got three cats. When they joined our family, they were 8 months, 8 months and 5 months old. All of them were still childishly playful, and have been for ...
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Prevent injured cat from biting & scratching people during vet exam

I am a vet who sees a lot of cats each day. To examine a cat who tends to bite or scratch, there are a few things I do commonly: Go slow and gentle. Cats don't like sudden movement. Let the cat ...
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My cat is biting and scratching me and diving at me with claws out

Kittens need a lot of play. Play with him until he refuses to play anymore. Use only toys, never your hands, so scratching/biting you will not be reinforced. Lure toys or laser pointers are the safest....
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Itchy cat, head and chin

I'm not confident enough to diagnose the cat, but my thoughts were too long to stay in the comments. I think very much sounds like a food allergy - itching and skin issues are the first and most ...
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How can I get an adult cat to get used to a scratcher?

First, recognize that cats have different scratching preferences. They can prefer particular materials, orientations, and locations. If you get a few scratchers and she doesn't use them, don't give up!...
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Using pill capsules to give cat Atopica?

There are purpose-built pill capsules for cats, even the smallest size should easily fit a 0.35 ml dose. Although you have the choice between different flavours, an additional pill gun might also come ...
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I got scratched by a feral cat. Should I see a doctor?

Your country actually helps a lot. USA is known to almost fully eradicate rabies in urban and suburban regions, while it still exists in wild. Apparently, there are 1-3 cases a month in the whole ...
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How To Train a Cat 3 Questions?

Okay, I'll try to answer all of your questions to the best of my ability. 1) I think the most effective technique is something which is, I believe, called "Behavior Extinction". I may have heard it ...
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How can I train my cat not to scratch furniture?

Your best option is to work with your cat's instincts, rather than against them. Cats have an instinct to scratch so you need to provide suitable objects for them to scratch on that are more ...
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My cat is acting strange

This behavior shows that it got scared by something. It can happen while playing, or of a noise, or if it got hit (or hit itself). Before you start worrying, don't. My cat hit himself as he tried to ...
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My cat is acting strange

Sounds very much like cat behaviour, and nothing too alarming, although the excessive scratching is a bit of a worry. Cats do vary a lot and do strange things. Mine will sit in a corridor and stare at ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

How damaged is your couch now? If it needs a re-cover then cut the old cladding off, and fit that fabric to your existing cat scratch posts. Choose some significantly different fabric to reclad the ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

Make very sure the cat has a legal scratcher they know how to scratch. Every cat knows how to scratch a rope wrapped pole as long as the pole is as high as the cat standing; some cats can do with ...
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How to increase the abrasiveness of a cat's scratching post?

The issue you're experiencing (claws that are "too long" and getting caught) will, unfortunately, not be addressed by "increasing the abrasiveness of the scratching surface." You ...
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How to help a mouse with an eye infection?

It's a possible allergy sign, have you tried changing food? Not sure what you're feeding her now, but you could try cutting out different food items to see if you can spot the source and/or put her on ...
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Grumpy house rabbit who is hiding under my cabnet

In my experience if you block off the area with something as simple as cardboard before the rabbit decides the place is nice, you can redirect them easily. Where we have cabinets/dressers that the ...
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Routine change - how to stop dog scratching at the door

You could try setting up a baby gate to keep the dog from approaching the door, but you may then find that the dog sits behind the gate and barks instead, but it's worth a try. You could let the dog ...
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How can I get an adult cat to get used to a scratcher?

I've had good luck with putting cardboard scratchers right next to the furniture they are scratching and rubbing some catnip into the pores of the cardboard. This makes it appealing from a smell ...
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Cat scratching her face and head

In addition to all of the suggestions posted here, I'd also like to point out that it may be cat acne from her own oils/dander/et cetera from things such as food & water bowls (the most likely ...
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Is it true that it's unsafe to put an e-collar on a cat? Are there any alternatives to it that cats would find more comfortable?

Step # 1 If your cats allergies are that severe we really need to figure out whats causing the problem and to soothe the inflammation in the meantime. This will have to be done with your DVM. Step # ...
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Cat scratching her face and head

As many people with allergies will tell you - they can get worse if you keep getting in contact with the triggers. Also, allergies or intolerances can develop later in life and don't have to be a '...
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How can I redirect attention of my kitten to scratch boards

Scratching is a natural territorial behavior. Cats may scratch more if they're bored, but it's something they'll do anyways as part of the normal routine. Cats have different preferences for ...
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How do I make my cats scratch their scratching posts?

Buy another scratching post, this one should be more expensive than the first one. Then he will start using the cheap scratching post. Jokes aside, you can't tell a cat what to do. What has helped me ...
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How to increase the abrasiveness of a cat's scratching post?

If the problem is primarily the pinky and thumb claws, maybe the scratching post is simply too thin, e.g. a scratching post that was bought for her when she was a kitten but grew out of by now? We ...
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Old cat kicked out of bedroom for new kitten, cause of anxiety?

Your older cat is male. If he isn't neutered, the chances that he will ever accept another cat in his territory are very slim. Male cats aren't very social creatures and usually choose not to live ...
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My dog keeps scratching hot spots

I've had good experiences with food supplement oils you can mix into the food. Our dog liked it so much she would lick it directly out of the bottle. Ask your vet for a dietary supplement for skin and ...
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How can I prevent a cat from scratching the top of his head?

You might try making a padded cloth cap with a collar. He might still get it off as easily as the cone collar but there's still a chance he won't. Or you might try using nail caps. They might still do ...
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