How to Prevent Your Cat from Scratching the Furniture
We all love our cats but we appreciate our furnishings as well. It can get really expensive if we find ourself having to replace the sofa every year because the cat tore it up. It is natural for cats to stretch and scratch. Yelling at them or spraying them with water for scratching your carpet or chair is not the solution. How to prevent your cat from scratching the furniture. Is perhaps having your cat declawed the answer to your problem?
Cats, even ones strictly indoors, need their claws. They actually use their claws to assist them in their full body stretches. Many veterinarians and animal behaviorist are against having cats declawed. Many times the procedure of declawing can lead to physical, emotional and phycological problems in your cat. Many cats who get declawed eventually stop stretching all together. This can lead to muscle deterioration. If you can help it, take other steps before you consider declawing your cat.
Getting a scratching post or pad is a good first step in discouraging your cat from scratching your furniture. If you can not afford a scratching post then lay some scrap carpet on the ground or hang some on a doorknob. Be sure to give him or her a treat and praise them for using the post and not your furniture. They also sell cardboard scratchers at the pet store that you can set up as well. You should sprinkle some catnip on the cat designated scratching areas so that your kitty knows those areas are theirs.
As for your furniture, you can either buy furniture covers or you can cover them with a sheet or blanket until your cat gets the idea that the scratching post is for him or her and not the sofa. They also sell tape at the pet store that you can use. Tape the areas that your cat tends to scratch such as corners and on the bottom of the sofa or chair. This should prevent your kitty from scratching there. The sheet and tape can be removed once you have trained your kitty to use his or her designated scratching areas. Cats are intelligent creatures and will usually get the idea.