How Can You Keep a Cat from Scratching Your Furniture?
But there's hope, you can keep your cat comfortable, and satisfied with his scratching, by simply showing him the best places for him to scratch.
Why do Cats Scratch Furniture?
The biggest reason a cat is scratching is to ease himself of some sort of discomfort. It may be important for him to mark his territory because he sees another pet in the house, particularly another cat, invade his space. Or, he may even spot a cat outside, and feel threatened, so he will mark the doors and windows with scratches.
Unfortunately, new furniture is also a perfect place to scratch, because the cat sees this as newly-initiated play spots, so he wants to be the first to mark it. As you know, covering and cat guards do not always keep the cat claws away.
Cats will often scratch the first thing in the morning, almost as if it's part of their early stretching routine.
The best way to keep a cat from scratching is to provide him with a place to scratch that you reward him for going to, such as his own scratching post, or cat tree.
Clipping a cat's nails is one way to deter the scratching, but he will still want to do it.
Because the scratching is a morning thing, put the scratching post or box next to one of the beautiful kitty beds, pillows or houses that you found in our Living Spaces collection.
Rewarding the cat when she is scratching in the right space is a good idea, and you can do that with soothing words of praise, a great pet or cuddle, or catnip or treats that you can use to entice a cat to test their very own piece of furniture. Providing some incentive with some cat treats and catnip can entice a cat to test out a new toy or play with a pretty puzzle. Studies show that when a cat finds a place to play or scratch, the kitty will be less likely to scratch and destroy furniture and pillows that you want to keep, and be less likely to hide or cower under the bed.
Give a cat a place to call his own, whether it be a house, perch, hammock, tunnel, or any of our toys. It's like a treat for a cat, and it serves as a place for them to be able to indulge in their instinctual natural behavior and perfect their predatory pouncing and playing techniques.
Do Cats Use Scratching Posts?
Scratching is a normal behavior, and it's tough to discourage this instinct, so instead offer an acceptable object like a box or post. All of our products offer a textured, nubby and coarse surface that they are attracted to and will sink their claws into for a satisfying scratch after a short nap. We even offer vertical inclines for those cats who like to stand up and stretch, or stick their bottoms up while getting a good scratch.
When a cat finds a great place to mark that won't get her in trouble, she will return to it over and over.
What Materials do Cats Like to Scratch?
Many of our scratching posts include a variety of surfaces that cats find enticing, like a sisal robe, fabric, cardboard and wood. Some cats prefer one type over another, or change the kinds of scratching surfaces they like most.
Cats, after all, can be finicky. But, you know that.