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I gently pick her up and set her next to the post.

Do you praise her and play with her next to it and on it?

MAJORLY important, and something men will not usually do. Coo and talk sweet to her.
Use a soothing tone of voice and tell her good girrll while petting her. When you sound about as stupid as you can imagine sounding, you have it right. You can tell when the cat loves your voice as her eyes will get narrow and she will lean into your hand when you pet her.
And, as Kaeli said, cat treats will help your case! Put a treat in your pocket, then place her paws on the post and gently "scratch" with them, then give her a treat.
Rub the scratching post with fresh catnip. ;-)
I can guarantee that will get a good response from most cats!

I grow my own...... so always have access to it.
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I'm the one who has considered bringing in a stray, and did not want to declaw her. Before I commit ... starts scratching it. I gently pick her up and set her next to the post. She hasn't used it once.

This is no big surprise.
But 5 minutes later, she goes back and scratches the chair. I can't let her live inside until I can trust her. How do I train her to scratch the post?

She needs a tree. A substantial, LARGE, cat tree - 5 ft tall or more, that she can climb on, sit on and destruct. Cats won't use anything they feel is unstable. She may also need various textures (wood, cardboard, sisal, fiber board) to get her interested, or keep her interested. I have found that any cat will accept a cat tree - I haven't encountered one yet that hasn't. My own used them with no training at all. IMO the smaller posts are useless, the turbo scratchers (horizontal) work for cats that like hori surfaces, and the sisal things are useless.
Good luck,
-L.
I'm the one who has considered bringing in a stray, and did not want to declaw her. Before I commit ... starts scratching it. I gently pick her up and set her next to the post. She hasn't used it once.

This is no big surprise.
But 5 minutes later, she goes back and scratches the chair. I can't let her live inside until I can trust her. How do I train her to scratch the post?

She needs a tree. A substantial, LARGE, cat tree - 5 ft tall or more, that she can climb on, sit on and destruct. Cats won't use anything they feel is unstable. She may also need various textures (wood, cardboard, sisal, fiber board) to get her interested, or keep her interested. I have found that any cat will accept a cat tree - I haven't encountered one yet that hasn't. My own used them with no training at all. IMO the smaller posts are useless, the turbo scratchers (horizontal) work for cats that like hori surfaces, and the sisal things are useless.
Good luck,
-L.I have to agree with you on the tree. I've had scratching posts around here forever and had mixed results with the cats using them. Tiggy still has her favorite and is too old and infirm to do much climbing on the tree but the two younger ones LOVE it. Not only has Isabel stopped scratching the stereo speaker but it has her exercising! As she was quite portly when we adopted her 2 months ago this is something she really needed.

It's helped wear out baby boots so we actually get some sleep around here at night. He sleeps on the bed with us instead of doing laps - on the bed - with us. Kind of a twofer. It was expensive but definitely worth it and much, much cheaper than replacing household items that get ruined by the scratching. All three of them sit quietly to get their claws clipped so that helps too.

Wendy
IMO the smaller posts are useless, the turbo scratchers (horizontal) work for cats that like hori surfaces, and the sisal things are useless.

This is highly cat-dependent.
Rowan prefers vertical sisal, but will also use the horizontal sisal pads. Occasionally uses the carpet vertical.
Isis prefers the vertical sisal, does not use the horizontal sisal, and will sometimes use the vertical carpet.
Jeffrey prefers the horizontal carpet, but will also use the horizontal vertical and occasionally uses either sisal.
Every one of them gets what they like with the cat tree, which has horizontal and vertical in both sisal and carpet. They use that more than anything. Second-up would be the horizontal sisal pads. Third up are the vertical carpet posts.
Any post does need to be very secure, though, or the cat won't use it. I have big sturdy ones.

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I have to agree with you on the tree. I've had scratching posts around here forever and had mixed results ... ruined by the scratching. All three of them sit quietly to get their claws clipped so that helps too. Wendy

You can make them at home for much less, plus you can incorporate some fun surfaces like tree trunks, etc. Of course, you have to be a little handy. Emotion: wink
-L.
You can make them at home for much less, plus you can incorporate some fun surfaces like tree trunks, etc. Of course, you have to be a little handy. Emotion: wink -L.

I know I wish I were handy enough!
I've seen some awesome plans on the 'net, but I have two left hands when it comes to making things. The posts would be crooked and the nails would be bent. LOL
I can't even sew.

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Maybe try to put some Catnip spray on the scratching post, that might help .
Maybe try to put some Catnip spray on the scratching post, that might help.

yes that worked for one of my cats..
I also read once about drawing a line from the top of the post to the bottom... not sure why but some people claimed it worked??

my 4 week old kittens already use a scratch post, and the sisal mouse toys we have.

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