Stopping cats from scratching the furniture
Of course, we love our feline friends but we don’t love it when they scratch the furniture! Cats can have the annoying habit of clawing. Before you tear your hair out, there are few things you can try to solve the problem.
Understanding why cats scratch
It may not make much sense to us, but it’s perfectly normal for cats to scratch! Cats have claws and they will scratch to keep them healthy. Outdoor cats will often scratch trees, they may also do it to mark their territory. Many cats will find a couch a great scratching option because they are at a good height for them. Indoor cats usually don’t have access to trees, so they will find the next best option – the couch! Like any pet, a cat may also become destructive out of boredom or frustration.
How to stop your cat scratching the furniture
There are few things you can try. Firstly, do your best to restrict the couch area from your cat. You can cover it with a sheet, or some tape or even try taping some paper in the spot they scratch. This doesn’t have to be forever, just while you are trying to stop your cat from clawing the couch. The next step is to provide a replacement. Remember that it’s normal for cats to scratch, so you don’t have to take away the option from them altogether. You could consider buying a scratching post
, there are lots on the market that will do the trick.
Where to place the scratching post
To begin with, you can place the post near the couch they are scratching. Keep gently directing your cat to the post. If that doesn’t work, try moving the post to an area they like to be in. Some cat scratching posts also double up as sleeping spots and play equipment. Once your cat realises they can benefit from the post, they become more curious and start to use it. Have a quick read of this article on how to train your cat
There are some sprays on the market that can be used to spray on furniture. The idea is that it smells as though another cat has marked the territory, and therefore your cat won’t try and mark theirs too. Other ideas it to give your cat more options for play and engagement. It could be they are scratching out of boredom. Ensure they have plenty of things to do and the space to explore. If your cat is an indoor cat, you can try taking them outside on a leash. Lead your cat around the garden, they may find something to scratch outside. Have you ever considered training your cat to walk on a leash?
Finally, if you have concerns about your cat, it’s always best to visit the vet for a check-up. However, it’s important to remember that cats have natural behaviours, so do your best to be patient and understanding. They’re not intentionally being naughty (even if it appears that way!)