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    How To Stop a Cat From Scratching Furniture | Kitten Ads

    Articlegeneral cat adviceThursday 07 April 2011
    Cats are territorial animals, so it’s natural to expect them to mark out their natural habitat by scratching to sharpen up claws. However, it’s a process that needs to be nipped in the bud quickly, as a cat scratch on a sofa can quickly develop into a major rip that will leave that smart leather suite looking a little worse for wear in no time at all. For advice on combating the problem of cat scratching, consider the following tips:

    Cat Scratching Advice

    • The most common way to stop a cat ruining furniture is to place a scratching post in one of the cat’s most territorial spots in the house. This post will allow the cat to scratch away to its heart’s content – occupying its attention and keeping expensive furniture free from the threat of a cat scratch.

    • Before you invest in a scratching post, take a moment to consider your cat’s scratching preferences. Does it seem to have a preferred surface in which it likes to sharpen its claws? If it does, try and buy a post made out of a similar material to the regular surfaces it seems to choose for scratching. Scratching posts come in many different shapes, sizes and materials, so shop around before you pick one to bring home.

    • Bear in mind that it may take a while for the cat to accept the post as an acceptable place to scratch. Some gentle encouragement may be needed to focus the cat’s attention on the post. Leave some treats on the post, and try and place it in a position close to where the cat likes to nap, as scratching commonly occurs shortly after a cat stirs from a sleep.

    • Stay patient. The cat will still continue to scratch furniture around the house even as it begins to adjust to the scratching post. Always use the carrot, not the stick. Cats are cunning – they will learn to act appropriately provided you reward them handsomely for doing so.

    • Finally, don’t feel tempted to use old furniture as a scratching post instead of the real deal. This won’t help curb the cat’s scratching behaviour on other furniture, so it could cost you more money in the long run by not investing in a specialist cat scratch.

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