How do I get my cat to use the scratching post I just bought her?
You can introduce your cat to a scratching post by playing with her near the new object. You might want to rub a catnip toy or dried catnip leaves over the surface to arouse your cat’s interest. Every time your cat pounces on the post and sinks her claws into it, you should offer praise and an occasional treat. Some people have tried to introduce their cats to the idea of using a cat post by taking the paws and running them over the post in a scratching motion. This is usually counterproductive and should NOT be tried. Cats resent being forced to do anything, so this action on your part will only give them bad associations with the scratching post.