Cats and trunks

Cats and trunks

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Question: how to protect the damage done by the cat?

Hi, I would like some information, I noticed that my cat has scratched the trunk of my cherry tree planted a few months ago. How can I remove these scratches?

Cats and trunks: Answer: the nails of cats

Dear Paola,
It is common practice in cats to use the stem of trees as a scratching post; in general these scratches do not scratch the bark deeply, and therefore usually do not cause serious damage to the trees. In the case of the cherry tree, if the scratches go deep, the plant will begin to expel from the holes of the gelatinous and sticky substance, which over time should dissuade the cat to repeat the operation on the cherry tree. Because, when he decided that the cherry tree is no longer interesting for making nails, your cat will look for another plant, or the back of the sofa (my cats really like it unfortunately). Unfortunately for cats it is not a game, but a need: their nails grow (like ours) and not being able to cut them, they are instinctively led to shorten them ruining them against the wood, or in any other way useful to them. To dissuade the cat from getting its nails into the trees of the gardens, you can buy a jute scratching post if you find different types in all the pet stores; clear that, it could be that the cat finds it more interesting the same to use the cherry tree, and that it will need some punishment before understanding to not do it anymore. Try to scold him every time you see him on the cherry tree, and reward him every time he uses the scratching post instead. The marks left on the cherry tree should not require any care on your part; if, however, the cat had ruined the bark, to show the underlying wood, perhaps it is the case to cover it with mastic for pruning, to prevent the holes from acting as an entrance door for diseases.