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Hi,

I have a male cat who is 2 years old and he is scratching my bedroom wall. Is there anything I can do to stop this without spending allot of money?

Zearka

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Zearka,

You need a device that is more interesting to scratch than your bedroom wall.  I would suggest a tall exercise post which is taller than from the tips of his hind claws to the tips of his front claws fully stretched out! There are usually pretty good deals on these at cat shows.

The exercise post should be very sturdy and covered with closed loop carpet or sisal rope or both. Having additional shelves and/or cubby holes is a plus.  Cats love to perch on these and look out windows, so placing it near a window would be a very good idea.

I am not sure what you mean by a lot of money, but the exercise posts sold by the pet shops are often expensive and not very sturdy nor tall enough.  This is why I suggested visiting a cat show (You can check out www.cfa.org to find a cat show near you.)

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

Expertise

I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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