Vicky Halls Cat Behaviour Counsellor

How To Stop Cats Scratching Furniture

Cats need to scratch to maintain their claws and mark their territory. They tend to prefer a textured resistant surface so furniture is often very attractive. You should provide your cat with a commercially available cat scratching post that is constructed of sisal twine and heavy-duty carpet. Place it adjacent to the site where your cat is currently scratching. Do not try and place your cat on the post because this will probably result in avoidance in the future. Play instead with a piece of string around the base to encourage your cat to claw at the post; this will often be sufficient to attract further approaches. Cover the area of furniture that has been scratched with a low tack double-sided adhesive tape. The stickiness will be unpleasant for your cat if he or she returns to the area and therefore discourage further use.

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