Have four cats now. Adopted a 5 year old female spayed from the animal shelter. She had kittens and then the animal shelter got her spayed afterwards. She was at the shelter for 5 months and put in with dogs. She loves all the other cats and fits in very well. We love her! There is a scratching problem. A big scratching problem which is more like digging. She has scratched a hole in my carpeting about 12 inches by 4 inches all the way down to the floor underneath. I have never heard of a cat doing this. She just doesn't stop. It is this same spot that she is working on. I have to replace the carpeting now and am afraid to get anything that she can scratched into. How can I stop her from excessive scratching in one spot? I tried buying her a scratching post, but she will not use it. The scratching she does is more like a dog digging a hole outside in the yard. Any suggestions on what I can do to stop this behavior? She also has an excessive eating problem. I have had cats for a total of 32 years and thought I had seen it all, but I guess not. I do not believe in declawing.
I'd treat the spot she's working at with nature's miracle (a few times) to be sure their isn't a peculiar oder she's obsessing on.
I'd also get her a seisel type scratching board to work at. Not a post; either a ramp or flat on floor scratcher. Your cat is a "horizontal scratcher", so a post won't get her attention.
Also; use bitter apple in the area you want her to avoid.
As to the eating; cats eat until they are full AND specific vitamin group needs are met. So your cat may have a small vitamin/mineral deficiency or/and your food isn't of a great quality.
Switch to a good, balanced human grade food and use a supplement.
If the eating issue continues, it may be behavioral (a common issue with adoptees). You'll have to regulate her eating carefully then and hope she learns that food will always be available when needed, not desired.
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