How to Teach Cats Not to Claw the Furniture & Walls - Pets

I was amazed at all the stories. So here's mine. 20 years ago I married a woman who loved cats. Her current cat got out because of our roommate and his Doberman. We never found her. She had claws and never scratch anything that wasn't for cat scratching. So I gave her a kitten for Christmas. His name was Lucifer and it was appropriate. If you were not a cat lover he would act coy then wait for you to touch him then attack. And Puss Puss who we found on a a main highway that someone had thrown out of their car. None the less they were wonderful pets no damage ever to the house. But my new kitty that I rescued from some lets say horrible owners is as playful and loving as possible. But she loves and I mean loves to destroy furniture and drapes. I don't want to declaw her but some days I'd like to rip her little claws out my self. From what I see cats have very unique personalitys and at times just with kids you have to do something. If someone knows a good book for helping to train cats only to scratch appropriate items do tell. But please understand that from what I've read all of these owners love there cats just not there front claws. With all the obvious animal abuse going on a properly done declawing seems a lot less painful then abuse, neglect and some of the horrors we hear and read about. My advice pray about it seek any trustworthy counsel and do what's best for all concerned. Merry Christmas

Do you have any creative ideas for choosing furniture that your cats won’t be tempted to claw?

A carpet-covered cat perch or vertical post covered with sisal provide more appealing surfaces for cats to scratch on. Sprinkle some catnip on these items to make them even more enticing or tie a cat toy to them. One of the major reasons why cats claw on objects is to mark their scent through glands in their paws. Treating the corners of your furniture with an herbal spray helps deter the cat from scratching; it leaves an unpleasant odor for cats that can’t be detected by humans. Alternatively, use double-sided tape on the corners since cats don’t like the feeling of the sticky residue on their sensitive paws.

Cats with claws and Leather furniture | The Cat Site

So, no I would not recommend leather furniture unless your cats no longer have their claws. There are various alternatives for getting your cat’s scratching habits under control than resorting to declawing, an act that removes the cat's natural defenses and climbing ability. If your feline is scratching up your furniture, look to other options besides declawing to get your cat to stop its pesky scratching without having to declaw it. Most importantly, provide human-approved materials that the cat is allowed to scratch and help your cat to find other ways to entertain itself. And of course, you can also take steps to keep your pet healthy. You will both be happier for making these straightforward yet enormously helpful changes.

How To Stop A Cat Clawing Furniture - Cats Guru

we got feral kittens and heard cat's rights people trying to convince us to never declaw. "wait and they will grow out of it." we too have 3 dogs, 2 kids. the cats were scratching us, attacking the dogs (and they are big old gentle dogs) and tearing up the furniture. we waited for a year. if anything, those cats became emboldened to attack more. I stopped it. i took those cats to the vet, had them declawed, and now our house is at peace. Is declawing for every cat? No. I don't think so. Don't let anybody else tell you what's best for your cat. I have had over 40 cats in my lifetime, either on the farm or now in the city...some house cats, some inside-out cats, and some cats totally outside. every cat is different in it's personality and teachability. You own the cat. You pay the bills. You make the decision and don't let anyone else dictate to you what you cannot do.

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