Clawing is a natural behavior for a cat. It is even a very healthy habit! To be in good physical and mental health, a cat must perform scratching sessions. However, when your feline scratches your furniture, you need to find a solution to break this habit. How? ‘Or’ What ? Here are 10 tips!
Why is my cat scratching the furniture?
Before finding solutions to prevent your cat from scratching on the sofa and furniture in the house, we must understand why. When a cat scratches it:
- marks its territory,
- maintain its claws,
- releases stress and calms down.
When your pet claws, it releases pheromones and therefore indicates to its congeners that this is its territory. Outdoors, cats can scratch trees, but indoors it attacks furniture, sofas and armchairs.
Should a cat be scolded for scratching?
Your cat is scratching, you know it because your furniture is damaged. What to do ? We will see it a little later. However, there is one thing you should not do: scold your cat. You should know that the scratch is natural. If you scold your cat after the fact, and even during it, he won’t understand. If you catch your cat in the act, try to distract her attention. Call it out or use a toy.
How to avoid cat scratches on furniture?
1. Install a scratching post
To prevent your cat from scratching your furniture, the ideal is to install a scratching post. Moreover, from an early age, you must provide him with a scratching post, so he will not scratch his teeth elsewhere. If you opt for the scratching post for your cat to scratch away from your couch, then place it where your cat likes to do their scratching sessions.
2. Make a square of carpet available to the cat
It is very easy to find small pieces of carpet. These scraps are often cheap in specialty stores, sometimes they are even given away! These carpet patches are ideal for your cat to scratch. You can put them on the floor, near his basket or cushion, or on a wall. This device is very popular with felines. If you can’t find a square of carpet, just place a doormat.
3. Put aluminum
If your cat always claws in the same place, it is possible to break this habit by placing aluminum on the surfaces used by the cat. The cat can not stand the texture of aluminum, nor the noise it generates when touched.
4. Stick on double-sided tape
If you are going away for the day and you are worried that your cat will damage your furniture, then you can stick double-sided tape on the surfaces the cat likes. This one is a maniac animal who will not stand to have glue residue on the pads. Be careful with the choice of scotch! Your pet must not be injured.
5. Bet on pepper
Pepper is a natural and above all non-toxic repellent for cats. Felines hate the smell of pepper and will no longer scratch the treated areas. To apply the pepper, just put water in a sprayer and then add 3 to 4 teaspoons of pepper.
6. Go for lavender
Lavender has soothing virtues, but above all it has an odor that is not appreciated by cats. To prevent your feline from scratching your furniture, you can use lavender essential oils or simply rub lavender on the parts of furniture used as a scraper.
7. Use the clove
Much like lavender, cloves have an odor that cats dislike. You can use essential oil. It is also possible to plant cloves in an orange and rub the furniture.
8. Choose white vinegar
White vinegar is a natural repellant that is very effective. To use it, nothing could be simpler. Just put as much water as vinegar in a sprayer and treat the furniture.
9. Put orange essential oil
Orange essential oil has the same effects as lavender or clove oil. So you can use it! This essential oil also leaves a very good smell in your home.
10. Reduce cat stress
A cat can scratch compulsively, due to anxiety. One of the tips for avoiding cat scratches is to reassure your cat. Establish routines, take the time to play with your pet but also to cuddle him. If stress is the cause of the scratching sessions, then you will see a marked improvement.
Mistakes to avoid
We have already seen that scolding a cat scratching furniture is not an effective solution. Be aware that isolating or locking up your cat to reduce the risk of scratches is also a bad idea.
Other mistakes should be avoided. In shops, you will find chemical repellents. These are to be avoided. Your cat will be able to counter their artificial and unpleasant odor by urinating on the furniture.
Should we opt for onyxectomy?
Onyxectomy is an operation characterized by the permanent removal of a cat’s claws. This alternative has often been prized for the comfort of owners who do not want the furniture to be subjected to the actions of their pet. This declawing has been prohibited in France since 1987. But it is authorized in many countries. For the well-being of your cat, do not circumvent the law! Your pet needs its claws.