A cat that doesn’t scratch, is like a dog that doesn’t bark. It’s just what they do. Cats scratch when they stretch, claim territory or to let their rivals know that they mean business. This is why cats need to maintain their claws by sharpening them regularly. They do this by scratching on objects, to remove damaged claws and make way for new and improved sharper claws. This process can wreak havoc on your rugs, couches and curtains, so in order to maintain the esthetics of your home, you might want employ a few techniques to redirect your cat’s energy. Below are a few tips to show you “How To Manage Destructive Cat Scratching.”

Managing Cat Scratch Fever
A good way to manage your cat’s scratching tendencies, is to provide appropriate surfaces for her to scratch on. If you can entice her to utilize a scratching post, board and toys, you can redirect her away from destroying household furniture, curtains and carpet. Below are a few tips on how to train your cat to scratch designated surfaces.

Try Different Scratching Materials
Consider giving your cat different materials to scratch. If you use, sisal, wood, carpet, upholstery and/or carpeting, in time you can determine what they like to scratch the most. Then you can provide that option all over the house. Pay attention to whether or not your cat likes to scratch vertically or horizontally, so that you can provide an orientation your cat most desires. Make sure that whatever you choose is strong and durable, so that it is able to take whatever punishment your cat can dish out, for a reasonable amount of time. 

Try Using Synthetic Pheromones
Try to use synthetic pheromones, catnip and toys that hang, to entice your cat to use her scratching post. Spray pheromones or rub catnip on the post, so that your cat is attracted by the scent. Also, place the scratching post in an area where your cat is most likely to utilize it. You can start out by putting it next to the object that is off limits, then gradually move it away—to a different location.

Try Scratching Deterrents
Consider the use of deterrents. Try placing carpet runners upside down, in front of the object(s) you don’t want your cat to scratch—the floor grips should be facing up. Other effective deterrents are double-sided sticky tape and sand paper; place them where you don’t want your cat to walk or scratch.

Clip Her Claws
Groom your cat’s claws by regularly clipping them.

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Consider Plastic Claw Caps
Think about using plastic claw caps, as a way to minimize the damage a cat can do when scratching. An adhesive helps claw caps to stay on, lasting about 4-6 weeks.

Talk To A Specialist
Consult a cat behaviorist to find a solution that is well suited to your cat’s temperament.

Try To Avoid doing these things

  • Try not to force your cat to scratch any of the scratching surfaces you’ve provided. Cats don’t like to be pushed into anything and may come to resent you, if you try to make them use the surfaces against their will. This can result in them not going anywhere near the scratching material.

 

  • Once your cat begins to use her scratching material, don’t throw it away when it becomes worn. Cats like the familiar smell of a used scratching object and prefer to dig their claws into a surface that is well broken-in.

In conclusion, scratching is a natural behavior that should not be discouraged. If you find that your cat is destroying your furniture, then try to redirect her energy to a preferred surface, to minimize or eliminate destructive cat scratching—hopefully, the tips given above are helpful in this regard. Thanks for reading “How To Manage Destructive Cat Scratching”.