How to Keep Cats from Scratching Furniture

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Step 1: Try to Establish Boundaries

For some cats, this may be the first time they have ever spent time in a home. They may not understand they are not the only person in their household. They may not understand they are not supposed to scratch the furniture to show their dominance.

Best way to prevent furniture scratching is to keep the cat from scratching in the first place. As mentioned before, you need to give your cat a reason not to scratch.

Enlist the other members of your household to help you out. For example, you can try putting chestnuts or sardines in the area to make the furniture smell more like the cat's food.

Also, use plastic bottle caps (or other items with a strong smell) as swatches to mark the furniture that should not be scratched by the cat.

The furniture should also be covered with a plastic cover. Just putting plastic wrap will not do. For the plastic wrap to work, you have to put tape on the front so that your cat cannot scratch or wrap the tape to the side of cushions and then wrap it on the back. This will give your cat the feeling that the cats have a hold on the furniture. The cat will try to get the tape off but it will never be able to.

Keeping the cat indoors will also prevent furniture scratching. Although this is not always practical, because the cat often feels restless and needs the outdoors.

Step 2: Try an Herbal Approach

“ Use Young Living Essential Oils!

Essential oils are gaining popularity in all different areas of health and wellness. The most common ways to benefit from the oils is through inhalation and topical application. The application of essential oils is really limitless, but, one of the most common ways they’re used is as a natural deterrent/repellent for various household pests.

This was the case with protecting my cats from the furniture. I found a wonderfully natural and effective solution that has lasted for years.

Simply apply a drop of the Thieves and Purification essential oils (YLEO) onto a cotton ball and lightly wipe the cotton ball along the affected surfaces. Use a Q-Tip to dab the areas in the curve of the furniture legs, a Q-Tip can also be used to apply around electrical outlet and switch plates.

The strong and pleasant aroma of the essential oils act as a natural deterrent for the cats. They are both also extremely beneficial to humans – purification is a natural air purifier, and thieves acts as a natural immune system booster and promotes well being in general.

Step 3: Install a Scratching Post

Step 4: Trim Your Kitty’s Nails

Although cutting the nails of a cat does not seem like a good idea to most, the truth is that it’s in your cat’s best interest. Once you begin to remove the pointy, sharp sections of your cat’s claws, it’s not unlikely that your cat will quickly learn to let you clip her claws.

The goal is to make all of your furniture off-limits to your cat. One way of doing this is to keep the cat’s fingernails short. Trimming your cat’s nails in the right way to prevent your cat from hurting herself.

Step 5: Make the Furniture Unappealing

The fifth and final step to keep cats from scratching furniture is to make it unappealing for your feline to scratch. Cats love to scratch for a variety of reasons. Some do it out of boredom, while others do it out of instinct and as an extension of their territorial behavior. Regardless of the reason, cats will naturally seek out an acceptable scratching surface. The process for discouraging your cat from scratching furniture revolves around making the piece(s) of furniture he desires to scratch unappealing to him.

In terms of keeping cats from scratching furniture, many owners have had great success using double-sided tape. The tape will definitely provide an alternative means of scratching and keep your feline from using your expensive couch whenever that inner itch or urge strikes. Additionally, many owners have had success by closing off access to the desirable scratching piece(s).

Although this is a simple and inexpensive way to discourage your feline from scratching furniture, there are many who aren’t fans of this method. The idea behind keeping cats from scratching furniture by removing the item from his reach is that it will encourage the cat to explore other forms of scratching. However, some owners have found that closing off access to desirable scratching items only led to more destruction.

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Step 6: Cat Manicure Time

Scratching is actually a natural behavior for cats. They feel good when they dig their claws into something and then stretch and retract them over and over. Like humans, their nails get old and need to be trimmed. This is why cats need to have their nails trimmed on a regular basis. If your cat must scratch things, she should scratch appropriate targets.

A good target is a scratching post. You can even make one with a wooden dowel, carpet tacks, and some rope.

One way to reinforce the idea is to get your cat a toy that attaches to the scratching post. This way she will know that she¡¯s supposed to spend time playing with it on the post.

If your cat¡¯s behavior is really bad, you can buy nail caps for her. These caps are plastic covers that go over the cat¡¯s nail. They have rough surfaces inside and are very uncomfortable so the cat will stop scratching.