Some cat owners choose not to have their cats declawed, but, if you go that route, your furniture may end up paying the price.
Cats can do a lot of damage to chairs and sofas with their claws. And trimming those claws can be a major challenge.
Terry tested out a product that claims to solve both problems. It is called the Emery Cat Board.
But would it end up in the litter box of our "As Seen on TV" rejects?
Terry’s new kitten, Tess, and already has some pretty sharp nails. And Terry is already having to discourage her from scratching the furniture or using the furniture as a scratching post, and that's why this new product is particularly appealing.
The emery cat board is a humped corrugated box with emery board material on the top.
It is supposed to slake the cat's need to scratch, but at the same time reduce the nails and blunt them so you don't have to clip them.
To get your cat to start scratching on the Emery Cat Board, you get a pouch full of catnip and you spread it all over the top of the Emery Cat Board. Some of the catnip will stay on top and some of it will drop down in the receptacle down here and the cat, in his need to find the catnip, will start scratching.
Terry took the catnip and spread it all over and tried to get the cat to enjoy it. The Emery Cat Board also comes with a little toy that you can plant like a flag and get the cat to get on the board. So, you've got the first battle won: you've got the cat on the board.
Over time, the hope is for the cat to come here, not only to play with the toy, but to scratch at that catnip. Terry tried for several weeks to get Tess use this scratch board. She was interested in it initially, because of the catnip. He tried to coax her back, but was unsuccessful.
Terry then tried out the Emery Cat Board with a friend’s cat, which is older than Tess.
Monica Hoban who took the Emery Cat Board over a month ago for her five year old cat, Mouser, to use. Monica said, "She liked it at the beginning, about maybe a few scratches and that was about it, she hasn't given it any attention since. It didn't really work for her."
There you have it, neither cat was interested. Terry gave the Emery Cat Board a thumbs down .
You can buy scratching posts for cats that usually are more expensive, but some claim have a pretty good success rate.
Terry paid $20 for the Emery Cat Board at Walgreen's. They’re on a lot of websites and available in many other stores as well.
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