How to Get Your Cat to Stop Scratching Your Furniture
By Amandah Blackwell
It's natural for a cat to scratch. But you don't want your cat to scratch your brand new sofa or carpet, right?
To ensure your cat is happy and healthy, set boundaries for your cat. Let your cat know what he or she can and can't scratch.
Below are five ways to stop your cat from scratching your furniture. As you work with your cat, reward him or her for good behavior, but don't over do it. You don't want your cat to gain weight.
5 Ways to Get Your Cat to Stop Scratching the Furniture
1. Buy quality scratching posts and make them readily available for your cat to scratch.
Avoid sticking a scratching post in the corner, especially if you have another pet in the home.
For example, if you have a dog, the dog may want to play with your cat, but could trap her in the corner. This isn't good. To alleviate this, place a scratcher away from a corner.
2. Place a scratcher by your couch, chair, or sofa.
If your cat is scratching your furniture, place a scratcher by (fill in the blank). If your cat is scratching a rug, place a scratcher on top of it.
What is Feliway?
Feliway is "a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. By mimicking the cat's natural facial pheromones, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat's local environment."
A couple of our volunteers tested Feliway at home, and they said it worked. All you do is spray your furniture, or plugin the Feliway diffuser.
4. Try a box.
Believe it or not, cats love boxes. They love to sit in them and scratch them. The next time you order something online, save the box and give it to your cat to play with. Make sure you take off the flaps; otherwise, your cat could become trapped inside.
5. Exercise your cat.
Your cat could be scratching your furniture as a way to get your attention. Or they could be bored. Play with your cat every day to your kitty happy and healthy.
If your cat doesn't use the scratching posts right away, don't worry. Some cats like to investigate before they start using a new toy. Give it some time. If your cat still doesn't use the scratchers, try using double sided tape because cats don't like the sticky feeling.
You could spray a citrus fragrance, or make your own. Add lemon or lime juice to make it stronger. Spray your couch, sofa, chair, rug, etc., wherever your cat may scratch.
Work with your cat and have PATIENCE! In time, your cat will come around to the idea of scratching a scratcher instead of your furniture.