Don't send mixed messages to a cat. If you don't want him to scratch the couch, be careful not to toss the interactive toy up there or dangle it near the side. He may accidentally dig his claws in as he pounces on his prey.
• Play tips for timid cats
Reprinted from Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett © 2004. Permission granted by Penguin Putnam.