How do I keep my cat from scratching my furniture?

CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon, professional cat sitter, explains how to establish claw-free zones.

By Jeanne Adlon | Posted: July 4, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Q: How do I keep my cat from scratching my furniture?

A: Scratching and climbing are two things cats love. The good news for cat owners who want to save their furniture is that there are some things that can encourage your cat to consider claw-free zones.

If you are bringing a new cat or kitten home, invest in a durable scratching post (no shorter than 3 feet tall). I recommend carpeted “tree houses” that are 4 to 5 feet tall if you have the room. This way, your cat gets to scratch and climb. With a new cat, have your scratching post or tree house ready and show them how much fun it is to play with, rather then the new couch. Catnip is a great motivator, so have a fresh supply on hand. Put a good dose of catnip on the scratching post, and refresh it weekly, to keep your cat interested. When your cat does the right thing, give lots of praise.

Like brushing, make sure that nail clipping becomes a regular part of your interaction with your cat. I suggest clipping every two weeks. Cats generally don’t like to have their paws touched, but if you start early by gently massaging your cat's paws several times a week, she will get used to having you handle them.

If your current cat just can’t keep his claws off your favorite chairs, you might try putting double-sided adhesive tape on his target areas. Cats do not like the sensation of the tape. You also can check with your pet store for sticky strips which are used for this purpose. Several different companies make them. If all else fails, try lightly squirting your cat with water from a plant mister when he misbehaves, but do it undercover. You don’t want your cat to blame you for getting wet!

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Bella Pet Design    Chicago, IL

10/1/2009 2:36:36 PM

Being a Cat furniture manufacturer and a cat owner, I hear all the time about how cats scratch peoples furniture and the question what to do to stop it.
They go to the store and buy this sticky tape so they don't scratch their favorite furniture, and I am not saying it doesn't work well but your cat will move on to the next best thing to scratch, which might be walls or other pieces of furniture you may have in the house.

The perfect thing to do is this buy yourself a scratching post with sisal rope and the sticky tape made especially for cats and then go home put the sticky tape on the cats favorite place to scratch that you don't want them to scratch and then put the scratching post you just bought hopefully directly from the manufacturer, like Bella Pet Design, which has Made in America only products, and put it in front of you cat or cats. If at first they don't seem interested, which can happen... so many cats, so many personalities...., then take your cats paws gently and scratch the sisal rope post like the cat would do it on their own. They will then figure it out for themselves that " Hmmmm, that is a nice place to scratch, especially because they put that ugly sticky tape on my favorite thing to scratch".

If you your cat will not scratch the post still, then your cat(s) must not have claws :). I know I have had cats all my life and never did this fail, even when the sticky tape didn't exist, the sisal rope scratching post was always the best thing.

If you have multiple cats or just one cat that favors certain things to scratch visit us at and tell us what we can do for your cat. If we don't have it, we build it for you.

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Tanya    Paden City, WV

7/10/2008 12:17:59 AM

Hello, and good day to ALL! Nice article. I found it informative. Especially, the part about the double-sided tape!! Great idea!!!
Love ya
Tanya & the FAMILY

debra    lansing, MI

7/9/2008 1:14:44 PM

good story

Moni    Boise, ID

7/9/2008 9:11:32 AM

My cat wears soft paws and they are great. No scratching on me or my furniture. Now if they just made them for teeth!

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