Cat scratching is a natural behavior. They scratch for many reasons and this is something thatyou cannot prevent them from doing. They may roughen up their claws on the surface to mark their territory against other cats. They also do this to remove worn-out claws and sharpen the new ones.
Our furniture is the most common victim of this. They may be looking for a scratching post and cannot locate one that is why their attention and liking are reverted to specific surfaces and fabric in your home. The question now is what can we do to stop this? Of course, we cannot buy furniture ever so often! Here are some tips to stop your feline buds from scratching your stuff!
- Start Training Young
Similar to every animal, it is best to start training cats while they are still kittens. Giving it a scratching post and teaching it to do the business here, imprints the habit. You can guide your kitten toward the post and make small scratching motions using their paws. That way their scent is transferred and they will eventually use the post. To further encourage them, you can also rub some catnip onto the post. This will also motivate them to use it.
If you happen to adopt an adult cat though, consistency will always be the key. When they arrive, they have no preference where to scratch yet. Introduce the scratching post immediately and lead them to this every time you feel that they need to do this clawing behavior.
- Large Cat Tree
Invest in a large cat tree with an area for scratching. This can assist your cat in living a comfortable life even if you live in a limited-spaced area. One of the advantages of having a large cat tree is that it provides comfort to all kinds of cat personality. They can use it as a hiding place if they are the timid type, a way to distract them from going out if they are the class who fancy roaming about, and just an overall piece to stimulate their active minds.
Secure a cat tree with different textures so your cat will never get tired of scratching here. Cats would love it if there is always something new to discover.
- Saying “NO”
Cats, unlike dogs, do not always accept “no” for an answer. When you yell “no”, they would take it negatively and outright disobey you. Worse, some fur parents spray water to get their cat to leave the furniture. This backfires 90% of the time. Yelling, spraying water, and poor discipline tactics will not send your message across.
Cats can understand something through a routine. Whenever they are aiming at your furniture, lead them to the scratching post. It doesn’t matter if you do it multiple times. The consistency will eventually help them understand.
- Double-sided Tape
Our kitties hate sticky surfaces. They do not appreciate areas that can gum on their paws. Keeping this in mind, you can place double-sided tapes on furniture that they start fancying to scratch. Putting an obstruction to their access to their favorite spot will eventually help them realize that it is not a good scratching area. Once they have forgotten the furniture altogether, you can begin removing these tapes.
- Use Pet-Repellents
Some fur parents do not appreciate sticky surfaces just like cats do. If you are one of them, using pet-repellent sprays might be better to get your furries off the furniture. However, you have to bear in mind that there are pet-repellents that are not exactly safe to use. Research on which product is best and always opt for the natural kind. If you must go for homemade solutions using essential oils, read through the kinds of oil that can pose a potential danger to your pets and avoid it. Some cats do not react to scent and thus, cannot be deterred from scratching your furniture. You can have a scent-test first before going all out with your repellent.
While it is convenient for some, we highly discourage pet owners to declaw their cats. Again, scratching is a natural habit and they do it out of instinct. If you resort to declawing your fur child, it is similar to cutting off their fingers up to the first knuckle. You can try these solutions instead!