Benji in Training

Perhaps this is wishful thinking so let me explain.

Benji and I share an office.

I have my chair.

He has his perch.

Every morning after I feed him I retreat to my office to enjoy my coffee.

Every morning Benji joins me.

I welcome him on my lap but I don’t allow him to to sharpen his claws on my chair – we discuss this daily.

To assist with our discussion I have enlisted the support of a squirt bottle but with moderate success. So I brought in a scratching post – ‘use this’ I said – but he was reluctant to oblige.

Until I sprayed it with catnip.

Wild boy that Benji.

Still I remain hopeful.

~ Susanne

16 Comments on “Benji in Training

  1. He seems enthusiastic. Rub more catnip on the post !

  2. Oh good luck with this. And I hope you keep your chair un-shredded. The catnip on the scratching post is genius.

    • I agree it’s seems rather daunting. I’ve had my new chair for over a year and am still working in it. Hopefully this new strategy will work! ๐Ÿ˜ป

      • Foster likes it sometimes, but other times he acts like he doesnโ€™t even smell it. I think they must have to be in the mood for it or something. Heโ€™s that way with the actual dried catnip too. ๐Ÿค”

      • Both Tiger and Benji love dried catnip and fresh catmint which I have growing outside. I wasn’t sure if the catnip spray would attract them but it does.

  3. I didn’t see him actually doing any scratching. Seemed to me he was licking it off the post, in anticipation of having a good scratch of your chair when he woke up! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Yes, I believe you are right! ๐Ÿ˜‰ He attacked the post in catnip euphoria but not exactly to sharpen his claws. The training continues!

  4. I have long given up and now have blankets draped over the back of our couch to keep Leia from scratching. She does like her post too just not as much as the back of the couch, perhaps I should try the catnip spray.

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