Monitoring Your Cat & Cat Scratching Furniture

How To Stop Cats From Scratching Furniture

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**Double Sided, Cloth Carpet Tape:
A Good Pair of Scissors

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Here are a few training tips to get your cat used to scratching a post instead of your furniture:

Place a sturdy scratching post or other acceptable scratching item near the sprayed furniture. Hang cat toys on the scratching post or rub some catnip on it to lure your cat toward it.

How Do I Get My Cat to Stop Scratching the Furniture? - Catster

Another possible reason for a cat scratching furniture is simply to get attention. Cats clawing on furniture and other household furnishings may be purely destructive behavior from your point of view but not from the cat's point of view. To them it's natural behavior, following a need to keep their claws in top shape and to leave visual and scent markings on the object, communicating territory boundaries to other cats and other animals. In addition, scratching provides a form of exercise for cats, stretching and retracting their shoulders, legs, and paws. Because scratching is a natural activity for cats, protecting your furniture and other household goods may take a little ingenuity and effort on your behalf but is not impossible.

Why Do Cats Scratch Furniture? - Vetstreet

But you might be surprised, and confused, if your new friend decides to scratch your furniture or your rug, especially if this is the first cat you’ve ever had. Not to worry. There are a few simple steps you can take to discourage this unwanted behavior.

How to Stop Your Cats From Scratching Furniture - YouTube

If your cat is scratching your furniture, and destroying your home, you need to realize that your cat needs to scratch and climb. Scratching conditions your cat's claws by removing the old layers of the nails. Scratching and climbing are highly enjoyable feline activities and are part of the essence of being a cat. Since your cat will want and need to scratch, provide her with a variety of scratching posts and teach her to use them. Until your cat can be trusted not to scratch and claw your furniture, she should not be allowed free run of your house when you are not there to supervise her. If your cat has a single favorite scratching site, this may be temporarily protected by covering it with some netting or loosely woven fabric. Cats do not like to snag their claws.
Cats that live primarily or exclusively indoors may run into disfavor with their owners when they begin to scratch furniture, walls, or doors, or when they use their claws to climb up, or hang from the drapes. Claws can also cause injuries to people when the cats are overly playful or don’t like a particular type of handling or restraint. With a good understanding of cat behavior and a little bit of effort, it should be possible to prevent or avoid most clawing problems, even for those cats that live exclusively indoors.