Can cats claws damage wooden floor boards?

I have both wooden floors and carpet can a cat damage them by walking on them. I will get a cat scratch poll when I get my cat.


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12 Responses to “Can cats claws damage wooden floor boards?”

  • kat:

    yeah cats claws could scratch floor boards, but it shouldn’t be a problem. their claws are retractable, so unless the cat is attacking the floorboards, it shouldn’t scratch.

  • ♥мєℓaniє♥ ☮ღ☮:

    Yes they can!!! Mine have scratched my porch up a lot!

  • Daisy S:

    when walking they won’t, but if they deliberately do it then yes they will scratch it.

  • hydra:

    i wouldn’t worry about that. cats can retract their claws so them walking on it will not scratch the floor. well, unless you scare the crap out of them and they retailate or something XD. hopes that helps

  • Jc B:

    depends if your cat has long nails..

  • Rajesh kumar:

    Don’t worry. It won’t damage it when you have a scratch pole.

  • GDK:

    My cat does not deliberately try and attack my floorboards, and she has a scratching post, but sometimes she will get playful and try and turn on them while running full pelt, as such our floor boards have a few scratches, but i prefer the scratches to no cat.

  • Tulip:

    Remember YOU DON’T actual choose a cat, a Cat will ALWAY choose it owner!

    Number 1; Never buy from a petstore, backyard breeder, kitten mill/farm/or newspaper. ALWAY CONSIDER ADOPTING.

    Number 2; Cats are not cheap, however they are a little cheaper then dogs.

    Number 3; Consider your lifestyle?
    Do you have time to do daily grooming which a longhair or semi-longhair would require?
    do you have very little time a shorthair would be better suited which only require a weekly brush!

    Number 4; Kitten 8week old need 3 feed dailys- breakfast, lunch and dinner at regular times, kitten 6month old+ need breakfast and dinner
    and by the time the cat is 1yr old, it need adult cat food and 1-2meal a day.

    Number 5; Remember its in a cat nature to scratch and bite. Declawing IS NOT an acceptable solution.By declawing you are removing the cat natural defences.There are Human Alternatives such as Sticky paws and softpaws.

    Many teenage (six months to a year) and adult cats (1 year or older) have been abandoned, neglected, abused, or dumped at the shelter to find themselves in a terrifying, lonely new world. They have often withstood hunger, pain, illness and fear to overcome the odds and survive. They are supremely deserving–and appreciative–of a second chance at life. More often than not, these cats have been dumped because they were no longer convenient for their owners, or their owners decided to move into a new home which will not accept animals. Very seldom are these animals discarded due to personality problems or bad behavior. Remember that cats can live up to 20 years or more–and very actively at that–so even a kitty older than 5 still has most of a lifetime ahead of her. This is another issue which needs serious planning. Are you ready to take on a 20 year responsibility?

    Of cause they WILL damage the floor but not intentionally. They walk on all of there paws-and use their claws for balance-they can’t help if they leave scratch mark on the floorboards. So if your worried about damage items, DO not get a cat because a cat will claw the carpets, chairs, furniture-you have to train a kitten and yes you can train an adult not to claw but IT does take time and patience, however adult cats are actually easier to train, but with kitten they don’t understand and will naturally take longer!

    If you want a cat with a certain kind of personality, you’re better off adopting one of us adults. We have all grown into our personalities, which we’ll have forever, but with a kitten who may be cute now, he or she may mature into a totally different kind of cat! Many people feel that by adopting a kitten, they will be able to "mold" it into certain behavior or that he/she will be more affectionate.

    For instance, lots of adopters come to us for a kitten because they have a dog, and want to "raise" the kitten to be best friends with it. The truth is, some kittens are destined to be cats who don’t like dogs–or possibly even other cats. Just like people, we are finding that cats are born with certain personality traits that are unavoidable regardless of a kitten’s environment during formative months. However, many of our adult cats have lived successfully with dogs in their previous or foster homes. The dog-buddy scenario is just an example…but you get the point!

    Now, don’t forget: All those tiny kittens will, in less than a year, be just as big as us. In the meantime, they’ll go through destructive, awkward teenage months. Kittens are a lot like children, and need to be watched very carefully so they stay out of trouble. Kittens can easily gets stuck behind washers or stoves, they like to chew on electrical cords and test out their claws on your nice furniture, carpets, and lovely drapes. Most adult cats no longer have any major behavioral problems, and are much quicker learners (unlike those bratty rebels) when it comes to the house rules

    If you have children under the age of 7, it is far safer for them to adopt an adult cat. Kittens are easily frightened and do not always know what’s appropriate, and can bite or scratch on instinct without meaning to hurt a child. Also, kittens raised by children often become skittish and less affectionate. Again, to be sure that you’re bringing home a good-natured, outgoing, friendly cat to be your child’s companion for the next 15 to 20 years, your better bet is an adult!

    If you already have an adult cat and are looking for a companion for it, keep in mind that many older cats get annoyed and overwhelmed by a kitten’s high energy level. A cat that is around the same age–or a little older–usually makes for a much happier match.

    And that’s my pitch for adopting an adult kitty. We urge you–wherever you live–to visit your local city shelter, humane society, or rescue organization and take some time to get to know their slightly older residents. Adopting a rescued cat gives you awesome kharma. Adopting a rescued ADULT cat gives you awesome kharma for life…we can make sure of that. Trust me. I’m a feline, and with 9 lives we’ve got pull!
    http://www.kittenrescue.org/pages.php?pageid=4

    Ideal scratching posts-cats need room to stretch up & remember that those really small ones just fit a kitten on it. & there general NOT very strong. I work as a volunteer and 1 of the $50 ones is broken on the sitting area. Not very safe. You do not want one that going to break and possible injury your kitten or cat.

    It best to pay abit more so it can last you awhile. However some of the larger ones are badly designed and are quite cramped, however here are some good large ones

    Karlie Cat Empire Scratching Post
    http://www.bowhouse.com.au/p/450160/cat-tree-alexandria.html

    Trixie cat tree montilla-I brought this one!
    http://www.dabners.co.uk/product-4234-trixie-cat-tree-%E2%80%99montilla%E2%80%99-212-cm-beige.html

    Trixie cat tree-barcelona
    http://www.dabners.co.uk/product-4308-trixie-cat-tree-%E2%80%99barcelona%E2%80%99.html

    The PURRECT POST
    http://www.purrfectpost.com/

    NOT GOOD SCRATCHING POST
    Too small
    http://www.cozycatfurniture.com/straight_catscratchingpost.html

  • silent_kayos:

    They won’t hurt it by walking on it, no.

    And if you train them touse the scratching post you shouldn’t have any problems at all.

  • wendilew:

    If they specifically try to claw it, they can cause damage. If they’re just walking on it, they won’t. I highly suggest getting a scratching post that has rope on it, rather than carpet or cardboard. In my experience, these have worked the best and last a long time.

    Also, keep your cat’s nails trimmed. If you start doing it from the time you get the cat, they get used to it. Just be sure to trim the sharpest part; if you go too short, you’ll hit the quick and lots of blood. I always just use a nail clipper that I’d use on my own nails. It works very well.

  • Abby D:

    A cat cannot damage either floor surface just by walking on it. They can claw through either if not provided an accurate surface to scratch upon.

    As a side note, some cats will not like certain types of scratching posts… so save your receipt, as it may take a some time to find one your cat likes. It’s really a matter of their taste because there are several options for the materials they are made of. Many of the "posts" available are made of sisal (straw-like rope) or carpet and some cats do not like those while others do. A fairly safe bet are the ones made of cardboard material. It offers enough give and enough resistance to satisfy most cats need to scratch. The only draw back is that they should be replaced once in a while, but it is well worth it to save your carpet and furniture!

    Also, make sure to trim your cats claws semi-often. When doing so, make sure you don’t cut too far down and hit the "quick" where the blood is supplied to the claw. You can tell where this is at the point where the translucent part of the claw starts to change. Give your cat a treat afterwards so that it isn’t such a traumatic experience for her/him. If you are uneasy, you can also have you vet or a groomer do this for you and it is usually under $10, depending on where you go and where you live.

  • E HEATH:

    i HAD MY FLOORBOARDS RENOVATED 6WEEKS AGO,I HAVE A SMALL DOG AND ALREADY THERE ARE SCRATCHES EVERYWHERE,I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED AND DID NOT THINK THEY WOULD SCRATCH THAT EASILY,THE MAN WHO DID THEM FOR ME IS COMING OUT TO TRY AND FIX THEM.HE KNEW I WAS VERY UPSET AS HE TOLD ME THEY WOULD BE VRRY HARDWEARING,SO WHAT HAS GONE WRONG,I WISH I HAD NEVER HAD IT DONE.

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