Here's how you can stop me scratching everything you love!
You wake up after a long night’s sleep, you are going into the kitchen to make some delicious coffee…
And on your way you see it:
Your furry friend has done it again… An entire side of your couch has just been ‘marked’ by your cat.
You can see scratch marks all over the side of your couch and you start panicking…
Your OCD Aunt Bertha is coming for a visit in two weeks,
The last time she visited you got a real scolding because of your furry friend and you don’t want to repeat it.
You order a new couch or at least a new cover for that side and start thinking…
What can you do to make sure it doesn’t happen again…?
How can you teach your cat to stop scratching your couch in just seven days?
First of all, you have to understand
Scratching is a completely normal and healthy behaviour that most cats engage in, and it serves many purposes.
But… we can’t have them scratching all over the house so here’s what you can do:
#1 - Trim your cat’s claws
Since trimmed cat nails will do less damage to your furniture than razor-sharp daggers, be sure to trim your cat’s claws weekly.
#2 - Provide scratching posts
Make sure that you choose a post that is strong, sturdy, tall, and covered in a material that cats love to scratch
#3 - Nail Caps
These are hollow, vinyl coverings for your cat's claws that protect the surfaces she scratches from damage.
They are non-toxic, non-irritating, and easy to apply.
#4 - Remove the pleasurable aspect
Usually, cats choose surfaces that feel good when they scratch. Try to make the areas your cat has selected less attractive by altering the texture of the surface.
#5 - Catnip and Toys
Put catnip on the scratcher, and lead your cat toward it with toys and treats.
When he chooses the scratching post over your sofa, give him praise and a yummy treat to make it a memorable positive experience.
Give your cat lots of love and play time.
Cats want your attention, they want you to play with them and don’t want to get bored.
Otherwise, boredom will make them attack your furniture, so they can release the pent-up energy at the expense of your decor.
Play with your cat daily to tire him out, so he won’t redecorate your house with his claws.