Start by opening the flap fully, just showing the tit-bit, then next time close the flap a little bit and keep on doing so until the cat realises that the flap will open with a small push of the head. Cats like to sharpen their claws on most household furniture! Suites, corners of walls (thick paper), carpets. If it s too loose the collar can get caught up on branches and fences while your cat is out playing. Cats have an uncanny knack of getting out of any collar that s too loose. For kittens and still growing cats you ll want an adjustable collar to allow for some growth, but make sure you check the fit on a regular basis. Even just one flea can leave many eggs and cause a full scale attack on your pet. To stop them before they start, you can use a product such as Frontline or Advantix. These are pre measured liquid treatments that are applied directly to the cat s skin and coat. When fleas get onto the pet, these products kill them before they can lay eggs. Before you head off to have him de clawed, you may want to try out some of the alternative methods of preventing the scratching. Alternatives One way is to provide them with scratching pads or posts. There are a wide variety of them available including those that are part of a cat condo. You can even make your own by using two foot high section of a four by four, two foot by two foot piece of heavy plywood and a carpet remnant. These allow you to keep the feeding organized and they are easy to clean. The bowls can be removed from the feeder to be cleaned. Some cats are picky and for these you may need to choose a heated food bowl. These are a great way to provide local strays with water during the winter months too. Make sure to clean the food bowls everyday. Cat Carriers For Safety While some people may consider it cruel to cage up your cat it's actually a matter of safety for both you and your cat. For example if you were driving and your cat suddenly jumped on to you, or it got trapped underneath your feet and the brake this could cause a serious accident.