How to stop your cat from scratching furniture
How to stop your cat from scratching furniture . Scratching is a natural behaviour for cats, but unfortunately, it can ruin your nice furniture. You are in luck since there are a few items at your disposal that can help alleviate the situation.
A lot of folks feel helpless as they watch their cat wreak havoc on nearly everything in the house because he wants to sharpen his claws. You have the ability to alter this behaviour. In order to accomplish this, you need to have an understanding of the reasons behind his actions.
Cats were hunters. They relied on those pointy teeth to assist them in scaling trees and jumping down on their prey when necessary. Even though it is unlikely that your cat will be hunting for its food any longer, they still have an innate desire to keep their claws in good shape, and they are fulfilling this need by sharpening them on your furniture. Scratching is a form of self-grooming that allows them to maintain well manicured nails by removing the dull, outermost layer of their claws. They are causing damage to your home for a number of reasons, one of which is because they consider it to be part of their territory. They do this by secreting a fragrance from specialised glands in their paws, which helps them identify the territory as belonging to them. They do it for the dual purpose of using some of their body’s stored energy and working out the kinks that have built up in their muscles.
You might want to give some of the other potential solutions to the problem of your cat scratching a shot before you take the drastic step of having his claws removed.
The provision of scratching posts or pads is one solution to this problem. There is a large selection of them to choose from, including those that are designed to be a part of a cat condo. You may even create your own by assembling a segment of a four-by-four that is two feet high, a piece of thick plywood that is two feet by two feet, and a piece of leftover carpet. When you get one of these, take it and put it right next to his preferred piece of furniture to demolish. He will not be able to resist destroying it. Then, as he becomes acclimated to it, gently move it farther and further away from the furniture.
On the furniture that the pet is clawing at, you may also apply a spray repellent for pets, such as Bitter Apple, to prevent further damage. However, before you really use the spray on the furniture, make sure that you test it out on an inconspicuous part of the piece first. Alternately, if you do not like to spray the furniture, you may protect the material by covering it with aluminium foil or tape that has the adhesive side facing upward. The cat will avoid the material and instead use the scratching post since it does not like the texture.
There are those cats who just can’t seem to calm down. In these cases, declawing is considered to be the best alternative. You have the option of having your cat’s claws removed if it never goes outside. There is a possibility of discomfort for him during the process, in addition to the hazards that are involved. Nail caps are a popular alternative for people who would prefer not to deal with this issue. These are affixed to the cat’s nails in the same manner as fake nails would be.
If your cat has a habit of scratching things, you should try everything in your power to break this habit before having his claws removed. In the event that this turns out to be your only choice, though, it could be preferable to having your furniture dismantled.
I really hope that some of these easy ideas will help you protect your furniture from being destroyed by your cat without preventing your cat from having fun in life.