We have tried many remedies for Cousin Earl’s naughty habit of scratching on the carpet (thank you all again for your great suggestions). We are attempting to give him an option to stretch out and scratch, constructively, instead of destructively like he does to the carpet.
He wasn’t afraid of his new friend, so that was a win right off the bat. Cousin Earl is easily spooked, so him taking a quick liking to the scratcher, fresh out of the box, is huge!
We didn’t expect him to scratch right away. He just sat there. Sniffing and looking.
Then he turned around and did the same thing again.
He got off on the far side and we thought he was going to go under like a tunnel (that is all he uses the Ess for), but Cousin Nellie came by and he decided to stalk her instead. Boys! What are you going to do?