If you’re reading this article, then your cat is probably shredding your couch and chair cushions to pieces. Well, you’re in luck because this article will give you a few tips on how to prevent this from happening. But first, it helps to understand why cats behave this way.
Well, basically it’s instinctual. No matter how much we domesticate them, cats will always be hunters. As hunters, they need to keep razor sharp claws at the ready so they can effectively attack their prey. So because of this, cats frequently scratch to sharpen their nails. It’s a process of removing all the old outer parts of the nail. Also, When cats scratch, they release a scent from glands in their paws which help them to mark their territory. Lastly, it’s relaxing. When cats scratch, it stretches their muscles and helps to relieve tension and anxiety. So now that we know why cats scratch, lets see what we can do about it.
Double Stick Tape
The first tip is to simply put double-sided tape where you don’t want your cat to scratch. Cat’s don’t like to step on or touch sticky surfaces, so this will act as a great deterrent and guard against your cat’s usual scratching routine. Below are a couple of products that are well regarded for this purpose.
What You’ll Need:
• Scratch Control Strips (Amazon)
• Sticky Paws 5 XL Sheets (Amazon)
Just apply the double stick tape to the problem area. It does leave a sticky residue, so try a small test strip first. Preferably on an area that’s not too noticeable. Then if it produces the desired results, you can use a bigger piece.
You can also train your cat to use a scratching post. Just put the scratching post near the couch or whatever piece of furniture their destroying and smear catmint on it to get them to use it. When your cat begins to use it, gradually move it away from the couch and put it in an a different area of the house. You can choose from many different kinds of cat post that are sold at the pet store or you can also make your own—read this article for details.
If using a scratching post doesn’t deter your kitty from scratching your furniture, use a pet repellent(Amazon). Pet repellents are humane and have a bitter taste that cats absolutely hate. Sample the spray on a small section of your furniture first—to make sure it doesn’t stain or discolor. If you like the results, then you can continue using it.
If you don’t want to use cat repellent, try cat claw covers/caps. Cat claw covers(Amazon) are designed to cover your cat’s claws with a stylish nail cap made of a safe polyethylene material. They do fall off from time to time and have to be replaced occasionally; but while they are on, they do a good job of protecting your furniture.
I hope that these tips can help you curb your cat’s scratching behavior. If not, look around the site, I’m sure you’ll find a tip you can use.
Thanks for reading.