Hello. happy new year to everyone :)
My cat Dippy, by name and nature, has recently been moved from our cabin, where it has lived outdoors virtually always, to our small flat here in town. She was showing signs of arthritis in the damp & colder weather and we could no longer afford to visit the cabin daily anyway. She's 15.
She's settled fairly well, seemingly not needing to move around a lot and enjoying our company. She's used to her litter tray and shows little sign of wanting to go outside.
There is no yard, garden or balcony here and we are in a quiet but medieval back street with no access to open spaces. She pokes her head out of the front door occasionally, sits on the doorstep and runs back inside at the first sight of other cats, cars or people.!(upload://mmHAn39W6w1a2UuDU7kaudLJkv3.jpg)
I've grown some cat nip for her in a small pot on the window sill here where she sits, but she seems never to use it, I've made a scratching board with hemp string, which she also studiously ignores, preferring to claw the settee cover every time, or my foot.
I wonder, how unhealthy might she actually risk becoming, without purging and keeping her nails short? In the battle of huffy stand offs between cat and owner/pet of the cat, I am definitely loosing and wasting my time. My cat is either secretly laughing at me or very stupid.
What I'd like to know is, are there any tips and tricks or alternatives to get her to use the scratching board or the catnip?