Making a Mark
Marking is usually something only associated with dogs, but cats also do this.
“Scent is very important to them,” says Corsun. “Cats will rub up on everything. Mostly with their face, sometimes with their sides [and] rear. Depositing scent, marking things that are there, including you.”
Cats also urine mark just like dogs do. Borns-Weil says intact males are more likely to engage in this behavior, but neutered cats do it, too.
Although you might not think of if that way, scratching is also a marking behavior. And purchasing a scratching post might not be enough to deter your cat from clawing your sofa, either.
“If you buy your cat a scratching post and they still mark the couch, it’s probably that the couch is more significant, in a more prominent place in the house,” says Borns-Weil. “For a scratching post to work, it should be one that shreds up.”
Borns-Weil says the scratching post should be tall enough so the cat can reach it when she is standing on her back legs.