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「我家的貓咪不抓家具」- How to get your cat to stop scratching the furniture


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Hi, I'm the owner of Shorty and Kodi. And like all cat owners, I don't want them to scratch the furniture. The experts suggest covering your things in tin foil, double-sided tape or scent they don't like. I don't know about you, but my cats really like foil; double-sided tape didn't protect these leather chairs and weird scents only make them more curious.
嗨,我是Shorty和Kodi的飼主。就像所有養貓人士一樣,我不想要牠們刮花家具。專家建議替你的物品覆上錫箔紙、雙面膠或他們不喜歡的氣味。我不知道你們情況怎樣,但我的貓非常喜歡錫箔紙;雙面膠並沒有保護好這些皮椅,然後奇怪的氣味只會讓牠們更加好奇。

So here are my four simple tips to get your cat to stop scratching your furniture.
所以這裡是我的四個簡單秘訣來讓你的貓不再刮花你的家具。

One: Buy a scratch pad. These are made of a corrugated cardboard or sisal carpet that have a rough feel, and cats love it. I mean, really love it. Do they put catnip in these things or what? Have one or two in the main living areas of your... Shorty! She's a bit possessive. Anyway, have one or two in the main living areas of your home or where your cats like to scratch.
第一:買貓抓板。這些是用瓦楞紙板或是有粗糙觸感的麻質地毯做成的,貓咪很愛它。我是說,超愛它的。他們是在這些東西裡頭放了貓薄荷還是什麼東西?在你主要的生活區域放一兩個...Shorty!她佔有欲有點強。總之,在你家中的主要生活區域,或是你的貓咪喜歡抓的地方放一或兩個。

Two: Tell them, "No!" When your cats scratch the furniture, tell them firmly, "No," and then bring them immediately to the scratch pad, all the while telling them what a good wittle kitty cat they are. Yes, he is!
第二:告訴他們「不行!」當你的貓咪在抓家具時,堅決地跟牠們說:「不行」,然後馬上帶牠們到貓抓板那,同時一直對牠們說牠們是多乖巧的小小貓咪呀。對呀,他是!

Three: Give them property. Cats need a place to call their own in the main living area. If you tell them no when they're on every piece of furniture, your cat will ignore you and just scratch everywhere. Shorty had a chair growing up that was all her own but soon graduated to a cat tree, which she learned, eventually, to share with Kodi. Avoid small scratching posts and flimsy cat trees, and invest in something sturdy that the cats can trust, and that will last. Add treats or catnips. Your cat knows it's a good place to be.
第三:給他們所有權。貓咪們在主要生活區域裡需要一個地方能夠聲稱是自己的。如果當牠們在每件家具上時,你都告訴他們不行,你的貓會不理你然後就到處抓。Shorty在成長時有把全屬於她的椅子,但很快地就進化成貓跳台,在那她最後學會,要和Kodi分享。避免買到小型的貓抓柱還有脆弱的貓跳台,並買些貓咪可以信任的堅固東西、可以持久的東西。加上貓點心或是貓薄荷。你的貓會知道這是個好地方。

Four: Love your cat. Cats are complex and sensitive animals, and may misbehave out of anxiety if they don't feel safe and secure. They're more likely to listen to you if you treat them with love, respect, and catnip.
第四:愛你的貓。貓咪是難懂且敏感的動物,如果牠們感受不到安全或安心,可能會因為焦慮而做出不當行為。如果你用愛、尊重和貓薄荷對待牠們的話,他們更有可能會聽你的話。

While your cats are learning, here's how you can minimize the damage to your belongings: Trim their claws. The reality is: Cats' claws come out when they run and play, so trimming the tips of the claws will help prevent those accidental claw marks. But even then, buy furniture where small claw marks aren't noticeable. In other words, leather is out. In the meantime, you may wanna cover up important items until your cats have learned the rules. Some people have had great success with Soft Paws, which are easy to apply claw coverings.
當你的貓還在學習時,以下是你可以如何將對物品的傷害降到最小:修剪牠們的爪子。事實是:貓咪的爪子在跑和玩的時候會冒出來,所以修剪爪尖會幫助避免這些意外的爪痕。但即使這樣,還是要買小爪痕不顯眼的家具。換句話說,皮製家具出局了。同時,你可能會想蓋住重要物品直到你的貓咪學會規矩。有些人用Soft Paws(犬貓用指甲套)用得很成功,這能輕鬆的在爪子上套上覆蓋物。

And of course, never consider declawing your cat. As declawing is actually amputation of the first toe knuckle, which makes it very hard for cats to balance, walk and play, and may lead to problems such as biting, not using the litter box and antisocial or aggressive behavior. But declawing is a multi-billion dollar business for veterinarians in North America. So change has to start with us owners. And with more awareness, perhaps we can join the growing list of places around the world, where declawing is illegal or severely restricted.
而當然,絕不要考慮讓你的貓咪除爪。因為除爪事實上是截掉第一個腳趾指節,會讓貓咪很難平衡、走路和玩,也可能會導致像是咬人、不用貓沙盆以及反社會或是攻擊性行為等問題。但除爪手術在北美對獸醫來說是一門數十億元的生意。所以改變必須要從我們飼主開始。隨著有更多體認,也許我們可以加入在這不斷增加的名冊上的世界各地,在這些地方除爪手術是違法或是嚴格限制的。

But trust me, if I can get these two crazy cats to behave and not tearing my furniture to pieces, then you can, too.
但相信我,如果我可以讓這兩隻瘋狂的貓咪乖乖的,而且不會把我的家具拆成碎片,那麼你也可以。

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