To save money on a scratching box I made one by inserting refill scratching boards in a cardboard box. The cats were happily using it to sharpen their claws until Frankie decided to take it over as his personal gym. However, I must say, it is put to good use. So here are some tips.
The way to utilize it for the best workout seems to be to start off in a relaxed position with back legs crossed, as shown in the photo above.
Then press the head and front paws against the side of the box with back paws curled.
Step three: press head against side of box with front legs extended for low resistance.
Step four is a subtle movement from step three. Front legs are fully extended for maximum resistance, head brought up out of box. Note, back legs remain in same position for support.
Next up is the half circle move. Precise arcing of the back is very important but don’t expect to achieve it the first time. Frankie had many failures before perfecting this position. Note that the left front and back paws must touch but not overlap. This assures you are in the correct arc position.
Step 6 is the relaxed arc to release tension. This is not to be confused with the beginning position which allows the tail to flop out of the box. Positions 2 through 6 require the tail to be carefully controlled inside the box.
The second half of this workout takes place outside the box. It’s important at this point to get some good stretching going. All four legs, head and tail must be engaged.
If you don’t happen to own the Official Feline Olympic Paw Pull Training Set some improvisation is perfectly fine. In this case I used some decorative ribbon and a fluffy ball attached to a larger box. Just make sure the apparatus provides sufficient tension for a good workout.
With claws engaged in the ribbon, pull the upper body upwards. Make sure tail is pointing towards ceiling for good balance.
This is optional but it can be a good idea to end the session with a teeth strengthening maneuver. Just be sure to grasp the ribbon firmly with the paws to alleviate excessive pressure on the mouth.
An exercise routine such as this every morning can keep you in tip top condition in order to participate in the much beloved sport of Feline Olympic Multi-weight Wrestling.
Because you are in great shape with muscles of steel you will not feel intimidated by a much bigger opponent.
Especially one like Freddie who evidently does not have a regular exercise routine and has let himself go to flab!
So the message here is to keep up that workout and fear no-one!
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