How to Stop Cats From Scratching Your Furniture

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Cat Scratching Post

These work best when introduced to a very young kitten before they develope the bad habit of scratching your furniture. If you didn’t do that and are introducing it after they have already clawed your furniture then try using a little cat nip spray to attract them to it.

Upside

Fairly inexpensive for a small standard cat scratching post. These can be bought for $20.00 at Walmart. You can get them in many different variations from a “cat lounger” to “cat carpets” to “cat trees” which double as hiding spots and play areas.

Downside

They can sometimes be an eye sore and may not match your decor. Plus, cats just may not use them if not introduced from an early age.

Fake Cat Nails

Yup, you read right. Pet stores are now selling press on plastic nails for your INDOOR cat. If you can sit your cat still long enough to get these on, they work quite well.

Upside

They are the ultimate compromise between you and your cat. They get to keep their nails and you get to keep your furniture nice.

Downside

They are a pain in the you know where to put on. I don’t know anyone who has a cat that will sit still for that long. The glue can be messy as well.

Double Sided Tape

Cats hate anything that sticks to them so you attach this sticky tape to the places that they are scratching and it slowly trains them not to scratch there. This would work best in conjunction with a scratching post. (See above)

Upside

Very inexpensive! Clear tape, won’t harm furniture, comes off easily.

Downside

Can be an eyesore on your furniture. If you have guests over they may think you have forgotten to take the shipping plastic off of your furniture and may even go so far as to be “helpful” and remove it themselves.

Squirt Bottle

If you see Fluffy scratching the furniture squirt them with the water bottle. This will train them to associate scratching the furniture with getting sprayed. Make sure you reward them for scratching the appropriate place.

Upside

It immediately gets them to stop.

Downside

It only works when someone is home.

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