P.A.W.S. Placing Animals Within Society: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers
Our shelter cats
We had great success using the stretch and scratch in all of our cat rooms. These were most beneficial to the cats we had to quarantine or put alone in a cage, as they could have their very own scratch board, which made them feel more at ease. The size was especially nice for those in solitude. When a cat has surgery, or is sick or injured is when we must quarantine them so these were very beneficial.
Roadie was a stray who was brought in with severe injuries to her eye. Her left eye was dislodged from its socket and dead. Unfortunately for poor Roadie, it was an old injury. The vet had to remove the eye and Roadie had a long road to recovery. During the recovery process, she had to be placed alone in a cage in order to keep infection down and keep other cats from injuring her while she healed. Roadie was given a large kennel to play in and had the scratch boards tied to her cage. She seemed more at ease and at home because she could still stretch and scratch like a normal kitty and do so without further injuring herself. With her eye removed and health restored, Roadie is a well-balanced kitty.