How To Stop A Cat From Scratching Your New Couch
27 February, 2012

I know that a lot of cat owners suffer from the inevitable scratching issue.  Our cats love to stretch out and scratch everything that they can get their claws on.  I know that my sister’s cat, Sylvester, used to scratch everything, but she finally got him trained to avoid the couches.  However, she just bought a new couch and is worried that he will attack it.

Below are some tips to help your cat avoid scratching your new or even old couch.

PUT TAPE OR A THROW RUG OVER THE COUCH

Attach something aversive to the cats on the sofa where they like to scratch, such as double-sided sticky tape, aluminum foil, sheets of sandpaper or a plastic carpet runner with the pointy side up. If that doesn’t work, try some odors that most cats don’t like. Attach some cotton balls to the sofa that have been soaked in citrus, menthol, cologne or a muscle rub. If any of these things seem to be working, leave them in place until you are sure the cats have lost interest in your furniture.

Try buying a throw rug and place it over the couch where your cat likes to scratch.  This will be seen as an alternative and your cat will eventually get bored of it and/or you can place it elsewhere as another distraction.

I’d rather sit on the couch than scratch it!

BUY A SCRATCHING POST AND PLACE IT NEAR THE COUCH

Provide your cats with something appropriate for scratching. Scratching posts come in all sizes and most are covered in carpet or sisal, which cats especially like to scratch. Rub some catnip on the post and place it where the cats like to hang out and/or near the couch.  When you see the cats scratching the posts, make sure to give them a lot of praise and some treats.

BUY NAIL CAPS FOR YOUR CATS

Place nail caps on your cats. Nail caps fit over the cat’s nails and prevent them from scratching. The caps eventually fall off and hopefully the scratching habit will be cured by then. You can find them in any large pet store.  These nail caps don’t hurt the cats and are a great alternative to declawing which you should avoid at all costs as it traumatizes our feline friends.  Declawing Is not an option in my world!

DEFINE A SPACE FOR YOUR CATS

If you have a spare room or are willing to share an office with your cats, put the scratching post and all other cat possessions in the room.  If you put his or her toys, food, water and a litter box in this space, it will more than likely become your cat’s new home.  Once your cat lays claim to it, he or she will lose interest in your furniture and prefer his or her room and scratching post.

I hope these tips help and that your new couches are saved from being ruined.

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