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Few pets can be as adorable as kitties and it's so easy to fall in love with a tabby or a long-haired Persian cat. That's until you see them clawing on your antique Chinese drawer, your Venetian rug or your sofa upholstery. Some cat lovers may find this cute and won't mind the damage on their furnishings but most people don't and would promptly throw their cats out of the house. But that need not happen if you take the effort to invest on some basic pet accessories for your kitty.

Caring for your pet requires more than properly feeding them. It pays to read and learn about their instinctive habits and propensities to ensure you and your pet can live together in harmony. The next time you visit your pet store to purchase your routine cat supplies, you can get one of those luxury cat beds so you can train your kitty where to nap. There's one more indispensable accessory that can save your furniture. That's your cat scratching post.

Scratching is an instinctive habit that cats do to mark their territory and path or to exercise their claws for more effective hunting. Feral or stray cats love to do it on tree barks but don't bother bringing a tree into the house, a cat scratching post will do. Your pet store carries them or you can just browse through online pet shops to know you have a choice of the standard pole type anchored on a solid base or an inclined surface. Sisal fabric never fails to entice cats to flex their claws on them and a pet scratching post is generally made of this material. Some are cedar wood which can be slightly more expensive.

Don't worry about them being oddities in your home interior. Get one tall enough to match your cat's height when standing and they are often designed to blend well as decorative pedestals with a top ledge that can accommodate a pot of plants, or your cat to sleep on.

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