How to teach my kitten to use his scratching box?

Artchic528

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Ollie is about 6-8 weeks old and I’m trying to teach him to use his cardboard scratching box. It came with a small bag of catnip so I tried sprinkling that on it but he just ignores it. As declawing is a barbaric thing to do, I want him to know he has places where he can scratch that aren’t the furniture. Any ideas?
 

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Six to eight weeks old is very young to use a scratcher and young to be away from mom for that matter. I doubt they will scratch but you can leave toys on it and they will eventually start to play on it or attach it vertically and they may try to climb it.
 

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When he starts scratching on something you don't want him to, you need to distract him with a toy. Or place the scratching box by the thing you don't want him to scratch so he scratches that instead. Or clap your hands loudly and say No! when you see him doing it. If it startles him enough, he may learn to not do it if he is constantly getting scolded.
 

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Mine was several weeks older when I got him but didn't know what a scratch box/board was and didn't react to catnip either. Putting a toy on/in front of the scratch board and showing him how to use it as well as removing him from things I didn't want him to scratch worked.

I think that it also needs to be placed somewhere that feels natural and not hidden away.
 
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Six to eight weeks old is very young to use a scratcher and young to be away from mom for that matter. I doubt they will scratch but you can leave toys on it and they will eventually start to play on it or attach it vertically and they may try to climb it.
Ollie was found by himself on the streets by a neighbor of mine. I would love to have him stay with his mom and siblings longer but that wasn’t in the cards for him I guess. I’m guessing he was dumped as he’s very friendly so he’s been around people for most of his life.

I guess I’ll just keep the scratching box around and throw crinkle balls on it every now and again as he grows and hope he starts using it.
 

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Ollie was found by himself on the streets by a neighbor of mine. I would love to have him stay with his mom and siblings longer but that wasn’t in the cards for him I guess. I’m guessing he was dumped as he’s very friendly so he’s been around people for most of his life.

I guess I’ll just keep the scratching box around and throw crinkle balls on it every now and again as he grows and hope he starts using it.
Thank you for taking him in. How about getting a heavy duty cardboard box and cutting some holes in it. It not only makes a play fort but gives him something that he may scratch on as he gets older. You can also introduce scratchering on cat trees. Some cats prefer wood or carpet over cardboard so providing all three surfaces will eventually get him scratching.
 

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I have never had a kitty who likes scratching the cardboard ones. None of my fosters did either. You can try carpet scratching posts, most like that, some like sisal. There is that vespar kitten playstation one that i've used with all my itty bitty fosters.
 
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