Scratching the itch or just scratching?

Scratching the itch or just scratching?
May 06, 2019 by

y. A fork. A shredding machine. Confetti. Does your furniture remind you of any of these items because your cat designed it with his/her claws?

Do you wonder why your cat scratches your furniture no matter how much you ask them not to? It could be due to a number of reasons. Here is what you can do to help:

  1. Please understand that cats scratch as a way to not only sharpen their claws but also to release stress, express themselves and mark their territory, much like a dog marks his territory by peeing in particular spots. You might notice that your cat scratches when you return from outside or when they are anticipating a play session or their meal. It is a very natural behaviour for a cat to scratch. And they wouldn’t understand your reprimand when they are only behaving how they are supposed to.
  2. Provide a healthy outlet for your cat’s scratching. Place enough scratching options like cardboards or scratch posts, in various parts of the house. Ensure the scratch posts are sturdy and their height is not a deterrent for the cat. Basically, the cat should not have to crouch down in an uncomfortable position. You can also tie jute strings to the legs of your furniture to divert your cat’s attention instead of on to your expensive furniture.
  3. Posts made of sisal, rope-like textures are known to do well with cats. You can also use a rough wooden log!
  4. It would be advisable for you to think of what material to choose for your furniture. If the fabric is of rough texture, your cat will be more tempted to scratch it. 
  5. Place the scratch posts and cardboard options in places where the cat spends a majority of their time. Observe areas that your cat likes to scratch, and place the distractors aka the scratch posts there. Every cat prefers a different style of scratching. Figure out whether they like horizontal scratching or vertical scratching and invest in the necessary tools.

If you have tried all of the above-mentioned things and your cat still scratches expensive stuff, it might be time to consult a cat behaviorist. This would be the best way to figure out how to solve this problem in a manner that is mutually beneficial to both you, and your cat.

 

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