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    Stopping Cats Scratching Furniture

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011
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    The key to stopping cats scratching furniture is to understand why they do it. For a cat, scratching furniture (or anything else) is a way of marking their territory. You will not be able to stop cats scratching; you simply have to divert the scratching onto something else like a scratching post. This guide outlines how to stop a cat scratching furniture.

    How to Stop Cat Scratching

    •    Providing a scratching post is the best way to get cats to stop scratching furniture. The scratching post needs to be placed in a location that the cat likes to spend time such as by a sunny window or door. You may need to try some different types of scratching post before you find one suitable for your cat.

    •    Different cats like different things and this can be reflected in the type of scratching post you choose. Some cats will like to scratch horizontal things while some like vertical things (like furniture). They also like different textures such as carpet, wood or cardboard. This is the reason for some cats scratching furniture.

    •    Cat scratching often occurs after a nap so give them extra attention at this time and then place them near the scratching post. Make sure to heap lots of praise and treats on kittens that use the scratching post. The same goes for the opposite too, do not punish a cat scratching furniture as it just means that it will do it when you are not around.

    •    A cat scratching furniture cannot tell the difference between the new sofa and an old one so don’t let it scratch old sofas as the behaviour will continue. The vet may be able to help you find a solution to the cat scratching if a scratching post hasn’t worked.

    •    Yelling at or punishing the cat scratching furniture will probably only make things worse so avoid this. Cat scratching is natural behaviour so it should be diverted rather than stopped altogether.

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