Are you worried about your cat, a loving and faithful companion? When you come home in the evening, you find daily scratches on your furniture ? It is in the nature of every cat to scratch its environment, but there are some tips to limit the damage!
First of all, you have to know why your cat claws, what are the causes. Then, you have to define which furniture, which furniture, your cat particularly likes. This will allow you to find solutions and protect your furniture from your cat’s claws.
Why is my cat scratching furniture?
The cat, like all felines, needs mark your territory. Thus, it deposits pheromones, present within its pads, throughout its territory. This is why your cat chooses strategic places visible to all, to leave its traces. This “clawing” behavior is actually acquired from birth, by imitation.
It is a necessity for the cat to maintain the state of its claws. By scratching your furniture, it sharpens its claws, removes fragments of dead claws and plays sports. Your cat at need to spend : scratching your furniture is an activity like any other!
This physical activity also leads to a highlighting posture. As you may have noticed, the claw marks are always left high up. This is how the cat stretches, gripping its favorite piece of furniture.
In addition, scratching is a way of relieve stress. A change in its habit, for example your sudden departure from home, moving furniture, moving, can cause stress for the animal. The cat will try to alleviate this stress by scratching.
The animal sex also plays a role: a male will be more likely to mark his territory than a female. It will then scratch your furniture more frequently and in a more important way.
In a general way, young cats scratch their environment more frequently. But, in adulthood, some keep this annoying habit …
Where does my cat scratch? Anywhere !
Cats, regardless of their age, will particularly appreciate rough surfaces, similar to the bark of a tree. It is then necessary to furnish its interior according to this characteristic.
For example, choose a leather or imitation leather sofa: this very smooth surface will be much less appreciated by your cat and therefore less scratched. On the contrary, your cat will mark its territory on solid wood furniture, or rough surfaces, such as bricks.
Your cat will also like the wooden furniture, in general: chairs made up of bars, table legs, window surrounds …
In addition, your cat will scratch your furniture in strategic areas. Close to his sleeping place, close to his litter, but also in the places that are most familiar to him. The front door, the living room doors are privileged places to mark one’s territory.
Also pay attention to the wall covering you choose: cats appreciate more than anything, the texture of the wallpaper. If your walls are covered with it, you will necessarily find scratches on it.
If your cat also has an outdoor playground, they will also have marking areas ! Do not hesitate to observe it and you will certainly notice places of passage on which it affixes its claws.
5 tips to prevent my cat from scratching everywhere
Fortunately, solutions exist to limit the damage, while allowing your cat to scratch:
The cat scratching post
The scraper or scratching post is particularly suitable, from the youngest age of your cat. For encourage your cat to use this scraper, you can, when young, put your pasta on the scratching post and accompany it in the movement. The scraper should be placed in an insightful place for your cat. If the scraper is relegated to a corner of the house where your cat doesn’t spend most of their time, then it will be of no use!
Catnip exists today in many forms: the grass strictly speaking, but also spray containing the smell of catnip. The ideal would be to group together in the same space a scraper, catnip and your cat’s litter. You can, for practical reasons, spray the scratching post regularly with spray containing catnip. Your cat will be more stimulated and will have a greater desire to use the scratching post for his claws.
When your cat is using the scraper and you notice it, then congratulate him, give him a reward. As a result, he will gently understand that this behavior is totally adapted.
Protecting your furniture
If your cat persists, you can protect your furniture, especially with aluminum foil or plastic film. This very smooth texture is sure to deter your cat.
You can also try repellents, containing hormones particular. By placing this repellent on the scratched areas, your cat will have no choice but to go to his scratching post. Repellents should be used sparingly: your cat shouldn’t feel at home anymore!
You will understand, your cat has by nature, need to scratch : for physical reasons, for reasons of stress or marking. He will be able to scratch places of passage, places important to his daily life. However, there are many solutions: you just need to find the solution that suits your cat. Scratching post, repellent, protection, catnip, but also the reward good behavior will allow you to limit or even completely stop scratching in your cat.
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