You have learned why cats scratch your furniture, carpets, walls, sneakers, and everything else that looks scratch-able. What can you do to redirect scratching to approved surfaces? It’s important to remember that you are preventing and redirecting your cat’s scratching. Scratching is a natural behavior and instinct in cats and getting them to stop completely is not a realistic goal.
I do have some advice for those of you who do want to save your furniture! Making favorite scratching surfaces undesirable is step number one. Your cat may like scratching fabric, or carpet, or wood. They enjoy the way these surfaces feel and how effectively they can be “marked” by scratching. Here are some effective ideas for making those surfaces less appealing…
Tin Foil – Many cats dislike the sound of tin foil and it is certainly not fun to scratch. Tin foil is an inexpensive solution that works particularly well on banister railings, the legs on furniture, or anything else you can wrap it around.
Double Sided Tape – This can be a good solution for flat surfaces such as a wall or door frame. Your cat won’t like the stickiness of the tape. Make sure the tape is non-toxic in case your cat chews on it. You can buy tape specifically made for cats at pet stores.
Anti-scratch sprays – I don’t have any personal experience with these sprays, but you may find them effective in your home. It is certainly the least visible option. Pet specific anti-scratch sprays can be found at pet stores.
In addition to trying these suggestions, you can also provide approved scratch-able items to your cats. Read more here soon!