Tips to Get Your Cat to Stop Scratching Your Furniture

Do you know how horrible it is to watch your cat turn the armrests of your favorite comfortable chair into ribbons? We feel your pain. We also know why cats bite and how to redirect their behavior in the right direction.

Why Do Cats Bite?

Why do cats scratch furniture and carpets? Even worse, why do cats scratch the walls at night? We are used to constantly mumbling these questions all at once, and if you are reading this…you probably understood it.

The good news is that there are logical reasons why cats dig their claws into the soft surfaces of your home. Once you understand them, you can find ways to make this classic cat behavior less painful for your furniture.

Cats like to mark their territory, and that’s exactly what home is for them. Each stroke of your cat’s claws leaves scratches and pheromones from the scent glands of its paws, which will allow any visitor to the feline to know exactly who it is – you know, you actually start letting the neighborhood cats visit your living room. Even if it doesn’t make much sense for domestic cats, it is a natural behavior that makes them rich and happy.

Scratching is also good for cats’ body health! The cat’s claws lose their outer layers as they grow, and scratching helps to remove the old layers and leaves the claws underneath sharp and ready for action. We also all know that cats like to stretch well, and reaching the top of the scratching post gives them exactly that. A good stretch and a good scratching can even be a way to show satisfaction, which may explain why your cat scratches when you pet it.

The fact is that scratching is good. The goal is not to prevent them from scratching completely (and certainly not to avoid scratching them, which is painful, unnecessarily harmful and incredibly exhausting for a cat). Instead, we are going to show you how to prevent cats from scratching furniture, guided by their natural instinct.

How to treat cat scratches

Redirect to approved cleaning areas

In truth, you will never prevent a cat from scratching, you cannot act according to your instincts – instead, the main thing is to encourage the cat to scratch the scratching posts and other places where a person is allowed to be (that is, not on his couch).

Get a variety of scratching posts and cat trees for them; try straight flat posts and various materials such as twine, cardboard and wood. (Remember to skip the mat racks.It it can be confusing if your cat can scratch the carpet there, but not in the rest of the house.)

Place messages next to (or even blocking) your current favorite cleaning points.

Place other poles next to your favorite places to go out: next to the toilet tray, next to your usual place on the sofa or next to your sleeping place to stretch well after waking up.

Make the pillars seductive by rubbing them with catnip and decorating them with your cat’s favorite toys.

Avoid Scratching The Wrong Places

After suggesting the best places to scratch, the next step is to make your old goals less attractive. Some cats can easily switch to their scratching posts, but these tips will be necessary for cats who scratch everything except the shelf.

It is important to note that we do not recommend screaming, scaring or spraying the cat when it scratches. If necessary, you can take them out of their place, but if you scold them, they may associate scary things with you and not scratch them. You can stop Googling homemade sprays so that the cats don’t scratch the furniture and use a much less aggressive approach!

If possible, remove or block their usual scratching surfaces. For example, if the speakers are scratched, temporarily turn them facing the wall.
Cover the scratched areas with an unpleasant texture, such as double-sided tape or aluminum foil. If it’s not nice to scratch, they won’t scratch it.
Use uneven mats or crumpled aluminum foil so that the places where they used to put their feet to scratch are less comfortable.

Don’t worry, you won’t have a sofa covered with aluminum foil forever. All these changes are temporary and you can wean your cat by leaving her old habits and starting to scratch in the best places.

Take care of those claws

It is a good idea to reduce the damage caused by scratches if your cat’s nails are short and smooth. You can use a nail clipper designed for cats or a nail trimmer to keep their nails trimmed. Read our complete guide on how to trim cat claws here.

You can also try applying cat nail caps after a nail trimming session. These soft plastic pads stick on each nail and fall off naturally when the top layer of the nail is peeled off. They are painless and prevent most of the damage caused by scratches, but some cats do not like their claws to be covered and will do their best to apply this feline manicure immediately. You will have to test your cat’s tolerance and respect its limits if it continues to object after several attempts to use nail caps.

By making compromises in the middle of what you want and what your cat needs, you can improve the relationship with your pet, and the furniture will be so impeccable and scratch-free that visitors will not even know that they were in the cat’s house, you know, without fur.

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