Cats and scratching go together like peanut-butter and jelly! But wouldn't it be nice if you could have one without the other?
Cat scratching is a problem that most, if not all, cat owners have to face at one point or another. No one wants their furniture shredded to bits by their lovable, fluffy feline... but what are the alternatives? Unfortunately, many kitties end up on the street because their owners just can't deal with the scratching! In their defense, cat scratching CAN cause a lot of damage!
But don't be hasty! There ARE alternatives to putting up with destroyed furniture!
- Probably the most obvious alternative is to have your cat declawed. Declawing, however, is banned in some regions and is very painful for the animal. It is the removal of the last toe joint which prevents the claw from growing back. There are PLENTY of other options out there, however, that are much better for you and your cat!
- Cat furniture and scratching posts infused with cat nip are a fantastic way to provide your feline friend with an alternative to scratching your furniture. There are many different types and sizes of scratching posts, and even some that are incorporated into cat trees, which also offer your cat the ability to climb, stretch, and exercise - which is MUCH more fun than playing around on your living room sofa.
- Encourage your cat to play on their new furniture. The more exciting and enticing it seems, the more he/she will want to spend time on it. Make it a game and a reward! Offer Kitty treats scattered on the different levels of their cat tree or in the tunnels and crawl spaces.
- If your cat still enjoys clawing at your furniture, use double stick tape on the furniture's surface to deter your feline friend. Cats don't like clawing a sticky surface. You can easily attach double stick tape to a piece of flexible plastic or cardboard and attach it to the side of your couch, chair, etc.
- Try the water bottle trick! Whenever you catch your cat clawing your furniture, use a water bottle to spray him/her. Unless your cat has an affinity for water, he/she is NOT going to appreciate getting wet and will think twice about scratching your furniture.
Just remember: there's always a solution! Cat scratching is a common problem, and you are not alone. There are plenty of tricks out there to keep Kitty from destroying your house!
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