Scratching is normal cat behavior. It’s not just for them Diffusion of fragrances and therefore for communication, but also for that Peel off the layers of worn claws. Regardless of whether it’s a house cat or an outdoor cat, every cat needs a place to scratch. I’m often out Trees or poles, inside the scratching post, a scratching post or another chance to scratch. But sometimes, to people’s annoyance, it also affects furniture.

Why do cats scratch furniture?

There are a number of reasons why cats are just starting to wear claws on furniture. These can be:

  • The cat has no other possibility also in the apartment, for example through scratching posts.
  • The cat does not accept his scratching post.
  • The cat is boring, she has Sedentary lifestyle.
  • The owner is too inconsistent.

The lack of consistency In fact, the owner often gets cats used to using furniture as scratching posts. Because with old furniture many owners ignore it and don’t think it’s that bad if the cat scratches it. With newer furniture, however, it is more annoying. The problem here is that the cat cannot distinguish between old and new. Therefore: Either you prohibit it completely or you can handle it if your cat scratches the new furniture.

Wean cats from scratching furniture

For example, scare the cat with noise or water when scratching furniture no solution. This not only disrupts the relationship between cats and humans, but will not lead to the desired result. It is better to fight the causes. Since scratches on furniture are often caused by Boredom or lack of exercise come, play regularly to make sure the cat is exhausted and busy. It is better to plan twice daily to play together. Furthermore:

  • Even if the cat is home alone, he should have the opportunity to keep busy, such as with a scratching post, toys, play board or snuff pad.
  • If she is often alone and perhaps even alone, you should also consider buying her a partner.
  • Also, make sure there are others in the apartment attractive options for scratching for your cat there. There are many different products on the market for this.

There is also something special Anti-scratch tape to buy that hooks to the cabinet without damaging it. This also prevents the cat from scratching the furniture.

Create interesting scratch-resistant alternatives to furniture for your cat.© maksymowicz-stock.adobe.com

Consistent rules for the cat

The essential thing to prevent cats from scratching furniture is consequence. Although cats cannot be raised like dogs and usually have their own way, they usually know this very well what is allowed and what is not – if you communicate it clearly to them. A certain “no” when the cat is about to start scratching a piece of furniture often works wonders.

Your cat will either stop scratching the furniture or stop for a moment and then continue. In the latter case, you can take it to the scratching post without saying a word after saying “No”. If the cat hears “no”, reward him with a little petting. But never yell at your cat!

Kittens and furniture

Kittens They usually can’t jump on the couch in a sentence because they’re either too small or don’t yet have the power to bounce. This is why they often “climb” on the sofa and obviously cling with their claws. However, shooting a kitten in such a situation is counterproductive. Because this behavior has absolutely nothing to do with scratching!

The right fabric against scratches

Whether the sofa only needs to be reupholstered or you are considering a new purchase: looking for a resistant fabric, as resistant as possible, “that resists something”, is completely wrong, because it tempts you to sharpen your claws. Very smooth material however it is less attractive, as well as soft, woolly, which immediately gives in with each touch: the cat slips, freezes, has no grip, feels no resistance – there is little joy. This substance only invites you to “step on the milk”.

The simplest exercise is, of course, when the cat gradually gets used to its limits from the first day it moves. So he won’t get over it later and hear a “no”. Unless at some point you suffer from boredom, loneliness, or lack of exercise. So even a “trained” cat can start scratching furniture.

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