Q. My cat is always scratching guest at our home and then run away as if nothing happened. Is there a certain reason behind this behavior?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Guests and other strange people at the house may be scaring your cat. Some scared cats may still approach, but then get fearful when petted, and thus scratch and run away. Keeping your cat's nails trimmed or using nail caps will help minimize damage to your guests, and providing your cat a place to "watch" guests without interaction (such as a bed set up high on a table or hutch) may allow her to get used to them more easily. Lastly, a pheromone diffuser (such as Fel-i-way) in the rooms your guests frequent may help to decrease stress in the house for your cat and make her a little more personable.