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Brandt Veterinary Clinic

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720 N. Tamiami Trail
Nokomis, FL 34275
Phone: 941-485-1555
Fax: 941-484-5662

Office Hours

DayOpenClosed
Monday7:30 am6:30 pm
Tuesday7:30 am6:30 pm
Wednesday7:30 am5:30 pm
Thursday7:30 am6:30 pm
Friday7:30 am5:30 pm
Saturday7:30 am2:00 pm
SundayClosedClosed
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Curbing Destructive Scratching Q & A

Why do cats scratch?

  • To mark their territory with scent and scratch marks
  • To maintain and sharpen their claws
  • Text Box:  To stretch and strengthen their muscles

Selecting the proper scratching post is important

  • There are many coverings you can find on a scratching post:  sisal rope, corrugated cardboard, wood, carpet
  • Sisal rope and corrugated cardboard are favorites of many cats, while claws may get caught in carpet loops

Where should scratching posts be placed?

  • Close to current areas of damage
  • In areas where other marking behaviors are noted, like cheek & tail rubbing, or spraying.
  • In an area that the cat enjoys being in

What are some of the ways you can encourage a cat to use the scratching post?

  • Catnip
  • Toys
  • Verbal praise and food treat
  • Proper location
  • Don’t force cat to use it

What are some of the ways you can discourage a cat from scratching on furniture, etc.?
Physical punishment will not work and may cause aggressive behavior in your cat.  Instead, try:

  • Double sided tape to hold foil or crinkly plastic on the area being damaged
  • Motion activated air sprayers like “Sssscat”,  and noise makers like “Tattle Tale Vibration Alarms”
  • Scented sprays, like “Pet Organics No Scratch”

How frequently should claws be trimmed? 

  • Every 4-6 weeks, depending on the cat
  • As soon as possible, from kitten-hood on into adulthood

Consider Soft Paws / Claws which cover & soften your cat’s claws 

  • They last approximately 6 weeks
  • Have them applied by your veterinarian or learn to do them yourself!

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Absolutely awesome as usual. Kind, caring folks, can't imagine taking my cats anywhere else!

- John & Taylor Hendrick / Nokomis, FL

Office Hours

DayOpenClosed
Monday7:30 am6:30 pm
Tuesday7:30 am6:30 pm
Wednesday7:30 am5:30 pm
Thursday7:30 am6:30 pm
Friday7:30 am5:30 pm
Saturday7:30 am2:00 pm
SundayClosedClosed

**Our office is closed the first Monday of every month from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm for staff training.

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Meet The Team "I love coming to work everyday! Ever since I started working here at Brandt Veterinary Clinic I have been reading and learning as much as I can about pet health and well being. Now my pets and I are living a healthier life and can pass my knowledge and experience to other families so they too can discover wellness!" Read More

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720 N. Tamiami Trail
Nokomis, FL 34275
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