Don’t we absolutely love our little furry friends? They are the cutest little furballs but come with a certain nuisance- their scratching habits can really get to you and ruin some perfectly amazing furniture too! Keeping your furniture safe from cat scratching requires a combination of providing appropriate alternatives and discouraging undesirable behavior. Here are some strategies you can use:
Emphasize Scratching Posts
Offer your cat a variety of scratching posts made of different materials (like sisal, cardboard, or carpet) and shapes. Some cats prefer vertical posts, while others like horizontal surfaces.
Place Them Strategically
Put scratching posts in areas where your cat spends a lot of time. It’s especially important to have them near their favorite resting spots.
Use Catnip or Cat Attractants
Sprinkle catnip on the scratching post to make it more appealing. Catnip can help attract your cat to the post and encourage them to use it.
Use Soft Nail Caps
Soft nail caps can be glued onto your cat’s claws. These are temporary and need to be replaced every 4-6 weeks.
Cover the furniture with double-sided tape, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap. Cats often dislike the texture of these materials and will avoid scratching them.
Use Commercial Sprays
There are commercial sprays available that can be applied to furniture. These sprays usually have a scent that cats find unappealing.
Use Furniture Covers/Protectors
Using furniture covers can be an effective way to protect your furniture from scratches.
Regular Play and Exercise
Make sure your cat gets plenty of exercise and playtime. This can help redirect their energy away from destructive behavior.
When your cat uses the scratching post, offer praise and treats. Positive reinforcement can help reinforce good behavior.
Consult with a Veterinarian
If your cat’s scratching behavior is excessive or sudden, it’s a good idea to consult with a veterinarian. They can rule out any underlying medical issues and provide further advice.