How to Keep Cats From Scratching Furniture
We all know that cats have claws, just as we know that domestic cats often use their claws in order to scratch the furniture, couches in particular. However, it seems that some cats do this more often than others. Furthermore, some cat owners manage to get their cats to completely forsake this bad behavior. However, what training tips work for some cats fail for others. Nevertheless, if you try each one of the best cat training methods suggested by professional trainers, you will certainly succeed in keeping your furniture safe from your cat’s claws. In what follows, we will try to help you understand why cats scratch furniture and how this bad habit can be kicked of.
Why do cats need to scratch?
The main reason why cats need to scratch is in order to sharpen their claws. Just as you file your nails when they grow, the same way a cat must sharpen its claws so that they don’t become bothersome or inconvenient to use. Secondly, you may have noticed that cats often scratch furniture after waking up. They do this while stretching. As you can imagine, it would be quite uncomfortable for a cat to stand on its back feet while stretching its arms upwards like humans do. Furthermore, cats scratch because they have too much energy. Given these facts, you can understand that it is almost impossible to inhibit these natural instincts of a cat. What you can do instead, is provide non-destructive ways in which your cat can act naturally.
Give your cat something that it can scratch
Cat scratching posts are ideal for cats who have the bad habit of ruining furniture. The more interesting a cat scratching post is, the more your cat will want to scratch it instead of the furniture. However, you might also need to put some effort into making the cat scratching post more interesting than the couch. In order to do this, you can try rubbing the scratching post with some cat nip while also spraying on some intense scents on the couch (cats particularly dislike lemony scents). You can also hang some toys on the post in order to make it more interesting and if you ever catch your cat scratching the couch again, you can try to make it associate this bad habit with an unpleasant experience. For example, whenever the cat scratches the couch, you can clap your hands loudly, or you can spray your cat with some water you have on hand. It is also a good idea to reward your cat with a treat whenever the cat is scratching on its post so that it can associate this habit with good experiences. There are various scratching posts available in pet shops. If you want to find more information on this type of cat furniture, you can visit a website which specializes in cat scratching posts. You will see that these posts come in a wide variety of shapes and the materials from which they are made off can make a big difference in how cats feel about them.
Find non-destructive ways in which your cat can consume its energy
A lot of people find it peculiar to take their cat for a walk on a leash. However, this can be a great way for your cat to explore the outdoors, thus consuming a lot of its energy in the process. If your cat is not fond of being walked on a leash, you should provide your cat with some vertical spaces that it can climb without causing damages. These can be special cat trees or shelves. Ideally, a cat should be able to circle a room without touching the ground. It is also important to engage your cat in some fun hunting games. The playing sessions should occur daily and they should last at least 30 minutes.