ddabs--to teach gato to use post. cat must be shown where the post is located.. when cat starts to scratch on something you want cat not to scratch,. simply lift
cat off the bad place and place onto the good place, show cat that is the place by scratching it yourself, and lifting cats paws onto the place you made. cats learn fast.
i speak softly to bubba especially when i am relocating and teaching him.
if i speak loudly he will think he is being punished.. do no t allow cat to think he is being punished for something you WANT him to do . show him what to do first with your fingernails, then locate cat to post.. when cat scratches in the wrong place, softly speak to cat and be nice and say "look at you . this is for you ".. "this is (cats name)'s own place oooooh how nice"....and let cat scratch the post you made. i use under table legs and i make a knot
i place in an easily located and frequently used lounge spot for cat. there is a support (pole) in dinette to which i tied that knot
he is also allowed to scratch all floor coverings. is a gooooooooood bubba....