5 Steps to Stop Your Cat From Scratching the Furniture!
18 August, 2017
Our cats love to scratch anything and everything, especially as kittens. Cats scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, mark their territory and to stretch their bodies and flex their feet and claws. Since declawing is not an option (ever!), below are five tips to stop your cat from scratching your furniture.
1. Find out exactly what and where your cat likes to scratch
Watch your kitties’ and figure out what and where they like to scratch. Most cats like a textured surface or anything they can really sink their claws into (like couches!), but each cat is different. Some cats scratch as they stand up against a vertical surface; others like to scratch on all fours and stick their butts up in the air for a good stretch on a horizontal surface.
2. Cover the areas where your cats like to scratch or use citrus or even foil
Cats like texture so cover the areas where you don’t want your cats to scratch with double-sided sticky tape, aluminum foil, sheets of sandpaper or a plastic carpet runner with the pointy side up. You don’t have to keep them up permanently but just in the early phases. Cats also dislike the smell of citrus so you can put the smell around or near their favorite areas to stop them. You can also put Feliway on your furniture which make cats think they’ve already marked the area.
3. Purchase scratch pads and posts to redirect your cats to target those when scratching
Once you know what your cat likes to scratch, purchase something similar to satisfy the urge. A sturdy rope-covered upright post, a flat scratch pad of corrugated cardboard, the back side of a piece of carpet are all different post and pads that your cat will like. Rub a little catnip onto the post or attach a toy to the top to make it even more attractive. You need to redirect the scratching to these posts or places.
4. Place the posts in your cats’ favorite scratching places
Watch for which pieces of furniture your kitty has clawed and their locations. If it is always the chair you sit in most or couch that has already been scratched. Place a scratching post near it and even put their favorite smell or one of your items nearby to get them to scratch that instead. Sit on the floor with your cat and play with them encouraging them to scratch these posts and not your couch!
5. Try clapping to discourage your cat from scratching
If you catch your cat scratching, a loud “no” or clap should stop your cat. If you do catch your cat in the act, try to get her to the correct places to scratch. Do this consistently to teach your kitty that scratching the furniture is a bad thing, but scratching the post is good! And praise your cat for the correct behavior with a nice rub down.
Keep your cat’s claws trimmed short, redirect your cat’s scratching to the correct posts and your furniture should remain intact!
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