My cat is scratching the tapestry: how can I prevent it?

Your cat is scratching the upholstery and you don’t know how to stop it? Here are some tips to prevent your favorite feline from ruining your walls!

Why is my cat scratching?

The first thing to do is to identify the reason why your cat is sticking its claws on your upholstery. This is not just destructive behavior, but it can be potentially dangerous for your furry friend. Indeed, your cat could injure itself by scratching against surfaces such as tapestries or coming close to them, for example clothes or towels.

The culprits of this behavior are its paws. Know that they are covered with scent glands and each time it claws in a place, it leaves its mark and thus marks its territory. This is why kitties love to scratch furniture and rugs. To win!

How to prevent my cat from scratching

Buy him a scratching post

Another solution if your cat can’t help but scratch the upholstery is to give her a scratching post. He will then be able to satisfy his instincts on this scratching place which is entirely dedicated to him.

Make sure to give him a scratching post at least 80 cm high so that he can stretch to his full length. Cats like to be able to stretch their body across the entire surface of the scratching post, whether horizontally or vertically. In addition, they mark their territory more over a large area.

There are a variety of scratching posts that are specially designed to be easily installed along a wall, on a stair rail, on a chair leg, or on various surfaces. Most cat trees also have scratching posts, so you can do a combo.

Once installed, show it to your four-legged friend and if it starts scratching elsewhere, take it straight to its scratching post so it gets used to it.

Of course, don’t forget to congratulate him as soon as he does dogging in the right place! When your pet uses their scratching post, reward them with a small treat and hugs. On the contrary, if he makes his claws on the tapestry, take him directly to his scratching post. There is no point in being violent with your cat, he will not understand and you will not get any results.

The scratching post is the number 1 solution to adopt, and the most reliable! But to entice him to use it, you can imbue him with an irresistible smell with hormone spray or catnip. At the same time as using the scratching post, Grisou should be dissuaded from continuing to scratch in the wrong place …

Apply aluminum foil to the area where your cat is scratching

Cats hate to touch aluminum foil. Cover for several weeks an area of ​​about 1.5 square meters around the target scratching point of your four-legged friend. The next time he wants to scratch his teeth there, he will associate this place with the unpleasant feeling of aluminum foil under his paws and avoid coming back to it.

Cut its claws

It is not a question of completely removing the claws of your four-legged friend, but of cutting off the end of his claws, just like we cut our nails. It is completely painless for him but you have to be careful not to cut too short at the risk of injuring him. There are nail clippers specially designed for cats. Your vet can also do this.

If this solution will not dissuade him from scratching, it will have the merit of preventing your cat from doing damage and will keep your upholstery intact!

Apply a scent repellant

There are a variety of repellents on the market, but you can also design your own natural repellents. Here are some homemade examples that work more or less depending on the cat, each with their own olfactory tastes.

The vinegar

Vinegar is really good for everything around the house, even repelling your cat. Spray it every day in the places where he is used to scratching, he will look for another place, it’s time to buy him a scratching post just for him!

Lemon or citrus

Cats are very sensitive to citrus smells. Boil lemon or orange zest in water, infuse for ten minutes, let cool and spray in your house … In addition to removing it, it smells good and it cleans your interior!

Essential oils

Essential oils should be handled with care. Indeed, they can be toxic for your cat, it is therefore absolutely necessary to avoid spraying them near his food. You can use 5 drops of lemon essential oil in 500 milliliters of water to spray the upholstery. Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils are also good repellants.