My cat claws on furniture

Ahhhh every cat owner’s nightmare! Some people fear so much for their furniture that they declaw their feline friend as a precaution. A solution that not every body agrees on.

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According to some, an operation is a precaution a little bit too radical, since the right purchase along with the right training tools could solve the problem.

Let’s be clear : The problem is not that cats have claws, but that cats claw on our belongings resulting in some dammages. The solution is to provide them with something that they can claw on without consequences : a scratch toy.

There are a lot of scratching toy options on the market. Just like us, cats have their personnal preferences. You might have to buy a couple of scratching toys before buying THE toy that your cat will like. Usually, cats like high scratching post such as towers, because they like to scratch and stretch, and they like to mark their territority at a great height (it says much more!).

Choosing the right scratching post is important, but so is choosing the right location. Scratching post are usually not very aesthetic, so we tend to hide them away behind the furniture. This is a mistake. Cats want to claw « strategically », on something that is close to the entrance or the exit of an important room in the house to scream « HEY! I live here! ».

A not so pretty scratching post is better than a broken living room set, isn’t it?

Another thing you can do is to simply trim your cat’s claw more regularly. Cats claw on things when their claws are too long and uncomfortable. When you trim your cat’s claw often, you remove this reason from their potential motives.

But my cat STILL claws on my furniture!

You bought the dream scratching post and it is located at a dream location, yet, your cat still attacks your living room set daily? An habit. A bad habit, to be more exact.

You have to break that habit so that your cat needs to find a new location to do his claws and notice the beautiful scratching post you just bought. How to you break a habit? By making it impossible to do, or annoying to do.

There are smelly repulsives on the market that you can spray on your furniture, but you can also just put plastic or aluminium foils on the corners of your furnitures to protect them from your cat’s claws. No, you won’t have to live in a living room full of aluminium foils forever. Soon enough, in a couple of days perhaps, the habits will be broken, and the brand new scratching post adopted!

Good luck!

 

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